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Romania Meets UK, Meets Sweden With Electro Pop EP

Press Release   •   Jul 03, 2013 03:20 +08

A Romanian electro pop band moves to London, UK and signs with Swedish indie-electro pop label Substream. Today Hot Casandra releases the EP 'Early Nightmares' and two full music videos, an EP best described as "2013 electroclash".

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About Hot Casandra

Paul Ballo and Elena Vasilache are HOT CASANDRA. The band comes from Romania, had an indie hit there in 2011 and then moved to London, UK only to sign with Swedish record label Substream.

Bucharest born singer, songwriter and producer, Paul Ballo is a former drummer from Go To Berlin, The Amsterdams and Kumm. Following intense touring with these bands, Paul quit and started producing his own music, gradually shaping the sound of what would soon be called Hot Casandra.

Following the debut single ‘Larissa’ in 2011, Hot Casandra was catapulted into instant success in Romania with TV and Radio appearances, magazine articles such as FHM and various live performances at festivals and clubs.

Elena graduated from Bucharest University of Acting in 2011 and has appeared in various TV shows, commercials, Television series and movies in Romania. Approached by Paul in 2012, Elena joined Hot Casandra shortly after the release of the ‘Larissa’ single.

The band won’t give references as to their sound, but Substream A&R manager Håkan Ludvigson makes comparisons to Simian Mobile Disco, Ladytron, Air, Turboweekend, Francis Harris, and Misstress Barbara.

Read more about the band in the receint interview in Music You Need.

Watch Music Videos & Listen To The EP

Two music videos from the EP are released on YouTube today! Check out to the Early Nightmares EP on Spotify, iTunes, Juno or directly on You may also request a digital promo directly from Substream on press AT substream DOT se

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The release is out now on Mareld, a part of the Substream Music Group of Sweden. Mareld was founded in 2009 with the purpose of sharing deep, unique electronic music with the world, whether deep house, IDM, ambient or leftfield. Today, the label has released 30 EPs and albums with from artists in Europe and America.

Substream is an innovative music company and one of Sweden's top label groups for electronic music. Our main office is located in downtown Gothenburg of West Sweden. We made industry headlines in 2005 and 2006 pioneering alternative payment and licensing models for digital music. Today we manage a catalog of 3000 tracks and our nine labels: Substream (electro-pop), Mareld (leftfield electronica), Dansant (dance and upbeat pop) and the Clubstream label group (6 labels from house to techno and dubstep). We also own one of Sweden's most renowned mastering studios.