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Breaking Artist: Digitalism

July 25, 2007 6:54 PM ET

Who: Jens Moelle and Ismail Tuefekci, a German electro duo who met as bored coworkers in a Hamburg record shop, began remixing indie-rock records and DJing, then hit the studio to craft their own DIY sound.

Sounds Like: Dancey, glitchy synth-punk in the style of Soulwax, the Klaxons, LCD Soundsystem and Cut/Copy -- clubby tracks that rockers and ravers can embrace.

Three Things You Should Know:
1. Their Hamburg studio is actually a former World War II bunker.
2. Moelle's grandfather was a professional opera singer.
3. Though they're most often compared to Daft Punk and French DJ duo Justice, Digitalism started out as hip-hop DJs.

Get It: Digitalism's debut full-length, Idealism, came out May 21 on Astralwerks. The pair will hit eight clubs across the U.S. for a brief tour in October.

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