In 2008, they signed to the French fashion and music label Kitsuné. Their first single, “I Love London,” became the only unreleased track to be named one of Mixmag’s Top 100 Tunes in 2008, and was frequently remixed and played throughout the European club circuit. Their next single, Xtatic Truth, dropped in May of 2009, and several other singles, including In the Summer and Plage, were released before the band’s debut album, Star of Love, arrived in late 2010. That year, the band also added drummer Andrea Marongiu to the fold. Nearly two years later, in April 2012, Star of Love was officially released in North America.
Synth pop band machineheart were formed in 2014 by guitarist Carman Kubanda, bassist Jake Randle, and drummer Harrison Allen — a group of friends from Tacoma, Washington — along with Stevie Scott, an Anglophile singer from Los Angeles. Popular covers of Katy Perry and the 1975 helped them gain blog exposure (they even contributed a song to MTV’s Scream television series), but it was not until the shimmery single “Circles” was released that the band received more serious buzz, with placement on emerging artist lists on various digital streaming platforms. That song was featured on their debut EP, In Your Dreams (Columbia), which was released in 2015.