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Zero 7. courtesy of the artist
Remember Zero 7's popular remix of Radiohead's "Climbing up the Walls," featured as a B-side of the "Karma Police" single? Diehard fans will remember it the launching point for the London-based duo's success. Sound engineers Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker came together in the late '90s with a knack for down-tempo electronic tunes, with remixes that landed them at the forefront of the genre. In 2001, they earned a Mercury Music Prize nomination for their platinum-selling debut album Simple Things, and in the years to follow, their relaxed and beat-driven electronica made its way onto TV programs, movies and commercials. Zero 7's loungy cafe hits, which often featured the vocals of Sia, helped the group work its way up the Billboard charts.
"The Waiting Line"
After focusing on an instrumental side project called Ingrid Eto in 2007, Zero 7's members are back with their fourth studio album, Yeah Ghost. Though the duo has preserved some of the elements that have become a staple of its popularity, it approached this album differently. Featuring vocals from Eska Mtungwazi, Martha Tilston and Jackie Daniels, the tracks are tinged with soulful reflection and woozy hints of jazz.