Dragonette

Dragonette

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Dragonette is a Canadian electronic music band from Toronto, Ontario (Canada), formed in 2005.
The band consists of singer-songwriter Martina Sorbara, bassist and producer Dan Kurtz (also in The New Deal), and drummer Joel Stouffer.

Formed by singer/songwriter Martina Sorbara and bassist Dan Kurtz, Canadian electro-poppers Dragonette initially drew comparisons to the Scissor Sisters, No Doubt, and the Killers, thanks to the new wave sheen that dominated their early sound.
However, later albums like Bodyparts and the group's international hit collaboration with producer Martin Solveig, "Hello," proved the group had its own confident identity.

Prior to the formation of Dragonette, singer and lyricist Martina Sorbara (the daughter of a member of Ontario's provincial government, Finance Minister Greg Sorbara) had maintained a moderately successful solo career as an AOR/adult alternative solo artist in the style of Sarah McLachlan or other delicate neo-folkies; Sorbara's debut solo album, The Cure for Bad Deeds, was released in 2002.
She has since disparaged her former Lilith Fair-style musical efforts with the pungent phrase "tampon music"; just as notoriously, her father dismissed Dragonette in a quote to the Scottish newspaper The Daily Record as a "market-driven" phase that was "part of the raciness of current popular culture."

Sorbara founded Dragonette in 2005 with Kurtz (formerly of the jazz and electronica-influenced Toronto-based jam band the New Deal), guitarist Simon Craig, and drummer Joel Stouffer.
A self-released and self-titled demo that year attracted the attention of the U.K. office of Mercury Records, which offered the group a recording contract the following year.
Moving their base of operations from Toronto to London (and losing Craig in the process, replaced by British guitarist Will Stapleton), Dragonette released their first single, "I Get Around," in April 2007.
Three more singles followed, "Take It Like a Man," "Competition," and a gender-reversal cover of Calvin Harris' hit "The Girls" called "The Boys."

Dragonette's debut album, Galore, was released in late summer 2007.
The same year, Sorbara sang the lead vocals on the hit Basement Jaxx single "Take Me Back to Your House." Galore was released in the U.S. in 2008 via I Surrender Records.
The band's second album, Fixin' to Thrill, a more focused and polished effort that charted in Canada's Top Ten, arrived in 2009 and earned a nomination for Dance Recording of the Year at the 2011 Juno Awards. The following year, Dragonette released the Mixin' to Thrill remix album and collaborated with several dance producers on singles such as Kaskade's "Fire in Your New Shoes," Don Diablo's "Animale," and, most notably, Martin Solveig's "Hello."
The single, which appeared on Solveig's 2011 album Smash, became a worldwide hit, topping the charts in five countries, reaching the Top Ten in ten other countries, and topping Billboard's Hot Dance Club chart in the U.S. early in 2011 (the song ultimately earned the group a Juno for Dance Recording of the Year in 2012).
In 2011, Dragonette co-wrote and produced the song "Lucky Day" for Girls Aloud member Nicola Roberts' solo album Cinderella's Eyes, and returned to the studio to work on their third album.
Released in 2012, Bodyparts was the first Dragonette album to be produced by the band, as well as the first to be released in Canada and the U.S. at the same time.

The band followed it with several years of singles and collaborations, including a 2013 cover of the Mister Rogers' Neighborhood theme song "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" that appeared in Target Canada commercials.
Later, team-ups with Mike Mago, LENNO, Joey Stylez, Paul Harris, and Big Data kept them busy in 2014 and 2015.
Dragonette issued the single "Let the Night Fall" in June 2015, offering the first taste of their fourth album. Royal Blues, which was inspired in part by Sorbara and Kurtz's separation.It was released in November 2016 and featured production work by Mago and U.K. producer Dada.
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Dragonette Discography

Albums

Dragonette Galore (Album) Mercury UK 2007 Sell This Version
Dragonette Fixin To Thrill (Album) Universal Music Canada Inc. Australia 2009 Sell This Version
Dragonette Bodyparts (Album) Dragonette Inc. Canada 2012 Sell This Version
Dragonette Royal Blues (Album) Dragonette Inc. Canada 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none Dragonette Dragonette EP(CD, EP) Not On Label none Canada 2005 Sell This Version
Dragonette I Get Around (Maxi, Single) Mercury UK 2006 Sell This Version
Dragonette Take It Like A Man (Single, Maxi) Mercury UK & Europe 2007 Sell This Version
Martin Solveig Feat. Dragonette Martin Solveig Feat. Dragonette - Boys & Girls (Maxi) D:vision Records France 2009 Sell This Version
Martin Solveig / Dragonette Martin Solveig / Dragonette - Hello (Single, EP) Mixture Stereophonic Italy 2010 Sell This Version
Don Diablo Ft. Dragonette Don Diablo Ft. Dragonette - Animale (Single, Maxi) Ego Music Netherlands 2010 Sell This Version
Dragonette Let It Go (Single) Dragonette Inc. Canada 2012
Martin Solveig & Dragonette Feat. Idoling!!! Martin Solveig & Dragonette Feat. Idoling!!! - Big In Japan (Single) D:vision Records US 2011 Sell This Version
none Dragonette My Legs (Remixes)(3xFile, Single, 256) Dragonette Inc. none 2013
Mike Mago & Dragonette Mike Mago & Dragonette - Outlines (Single) Scorpio Music Netherlands 2014 Sell This Version
Lenno Ft. Dragonette Lenno Ft. Dragonette - The Best (Single) Universal Music Sweden 2015 Sell This Version
SOURCE017AP Dada, Paul Harris & Dragonette Dada, Paul Harris & Dragonette - Red Heart Black(2xFile, MP3, Single, 320) SOURCE (8) SOURCE017AP Netherlands 2015
Philip George (5) & Dragonette Philip George (5) & Dragonette - Feel This Way (Single) Universal Music Sweden 2016 Sell This Version
none Dragonette Lonely Heart(2xFile, MP3, Single, 320) Do It Yourself Multimedia Group none 2016

Compilations

Dragonette Mixin To Thrill (Comp) Not On Label (Dragonette Self-released) Canada 2010 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

none Dragonette Album Sampler(CDr, Promo) Mercury none UK 2007 Sell This Version
none Dragonette Galore(CDr, Promo, Smplr) Mercury none UK 2007 Sell This Version
DRAGONCJ2 Dragonette Galore(CD, Promo, Smplr) Mercury DRAGONCJ2 UK 2007 Sell This Version
none Dragonette The Boys(CDr, Promo) Not On Label none UK 2008 Sell This Version
BRREP008 Dragonette Fixin To Thrill(5xFile, MP3) Bandroom Records BRREP008 2009
none Dragonette Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood(File, MP3, 320) Not On Label none 2013