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We’ve done the counts after three years and a few singles : the uppercute America, chorus of the 2009 blogosphere, the very intoxicating People Movin’ featuring Primary 1, declared as « Single of the Week » by NME back in 2009 and soundtrack of the JC de Caselbajac’s 2011 Spring & Summer fashion show, Bored that was synced in a ‘Gossip Girl’ episode and, cherry on the cake, Esser features on two tracks, lending his distinctive vocal stylings and also banging the drums, including the addictive Stay The Same, first single of the album, with a music video directed by Daniel Wolfe and starring british actor Johnny Harris. 

French Electro Pop duo The Shoes, a.k.a Guillaume Brière and Benjamin Lebeau, has remixed, produced, composed and arranged material for a wide range of international artists including Shakira, Lana Del Rey, Santigold, Woodkid, Das Racist, Yuksek, The Virgins and many more.Not to forget all the tour dates around the world and a first exclusive mini-album for Japan, because they just couldn’t wait…The UK new favorite french duo The Shoes, part of Reims music brotherhood with Yuksek, Brodinski or The Bewitched Hands, released their first album Crack My Bones, featuring Esser, Wave Machines, Primary 1, Anthonin Ternant from The Bewitched Hands, and Cocknbullkid, on March 7th 2011 via parisian independent label G.u.m

A month holed up in darkest Hackney in a bizarre art deco apartment - Miami Vice via E8 - meant that the album could finally be completed. There's dancefloor moments that will be familiar to those who have kept abreast of the remixes over the last couple of years, but there's also electronic pop songs that you're going to fall in love with. Ever since, they have been taken very seriously : they were part of the last 10 nominees for the distinctive french Prix Constantin 2011, they won the « Innovation Award » at the UK Music Video Awards 2011 for the Cover Your Eyes video, they were nominated three times at The Antville Music Video Awards, they sold out the very parisian venue La Cigale on November 2011 and Crack My Bones was declared #09 out of 100 best albums of 2011 by french culture magazine « Les Inrocks ».

 They started 2012 on TV, playing live their new single and hit Time To Dance for the very selective show « Le Grand Journal » on french channel Canal +. On March 12th 2012, Time To Dance was released worldwide, as well as the controversial eight-minute music video directed by Daniel Wolfe, starring Hollywood actor Jake Gyllenhaal as an insane hipsters killer. Less than 48 hours were necessary to reach the 800 000 views on You Tube, being massively posted on international medias, websites and blogs and tweeted three times by Bret Easton Ellis himself…

Nominated in several international festivals, the video was awarded twice at the UK Music Video Awards (Best Dance Video UK and Best Editing) and at the Antville Music Video Awards (Best Narrative and Best Editing). Before going on tour all summer, The Shoes stopped by at mythical Paris venue L’Olympia on June 13th for a completely sold out and so memorable show. After hitting the road and making festivals crowds dancing from Belgium to Spain, The Shoes ended 2012 with a few more shows and started the serious work on their second album. To be continued…

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