The much anticipated follow up to Stefan Kozalla’s 2013 break through Amygdala is everything great about electronic music. Warm, glittery, saturated, hypnotic, soulful, optimistic, minimal, emotional, dreamy, cohesive… shall I continue? You should proably just listen. Release Date: 5/4/2018 Play: 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11 RIYL: Kolsch, The Field, John Talabot   Advertisements

One can only imagine the early morning scenes in the Berlin apartment where this album was recorded in its entirety. It is a sort of difficult hear, disorienting experiment with Auto-Tune, shoegaze vocals and crafted guitar solos. You might call it trip hop revivalism, 90’s nostalgia, or just plain crap. It’s worth a listen, regardless. […]

A collection of ambient material intended for the “Twin Peaks” series reboot makes a surprise drop via the indie label Italians Do It Better. Jewel composed close to 20 hours of music for the show, and submitted nearly 7 hours of complete compositions intended for use in production– All were ultimately rejected by creator David […]

Bleeding into the edges of alternative we have Montreal-based artist Chloé Soldevila sounding a lot like Stereolab mixed with Mark Pritchard. It’s worldly, jammy, strange, and seriously addictive. Release Date: 4/27/2018 Play: 1, 2, 3, 4 RIYL: Stereolab, Saint Etienne

The 23-year-old New York artist and globe trotter Amber Mark makes it sound so easy– like she has been making sublime pop and singing elegant R&B hooks for decades. Four tracks just isn’t enough. Pick one. Release Date: 5/7/2018 Play: 1, 2, 3, 4…. That’s all of them! RIYL: Charlotte Day Wilson, Ravyn Lenae, Jorja […]

Ambient techno from beyond the grave. The apex of perfection on a rainy Monday morning. Something that is meant to be heard from beginning to end. Probably not the best work for radio airplay given the longevity and progressive nature of it all, but simply a must for enthusiasts of electronic music. Release Date: 5/18/2018 […]

Ten years have passed since lord of the dancefloor Gui Boratto released his breakthrough debut Chromophobia. And what now? Five Pillars of Techno and their relation to severity, conflict and harmony? The Brazilian producer had this to say: “I’ve wanted to transmit the scientific pentagram’s point of view. It’s not a religious kind of thing“. […]

New York based Chilean-American composer and recording artist Nicolas Jaar (Against All Logic) releases a treasure trove of basement tracks and disco loops.  “This Old House is All I Have” might be the best thing you hear this week… Release Date: 5/17/2018 RIYL: Lone, James Blake, Falty DL Label: Other People  

Following two successful, timeless albums on Ninja Tune and Tri Angle, Forest Swords takes the helm of a 27-track compilation for !K7’s long running DJ Kicks series. It circles around ‘80s post-punk, ‘90s electronica, and features selections from Laurel Halo, Orbital, Dead Can Dance, Neneh Cherry, David Toop, Demdike Stare & more. A few exclusive […]

Very abstract works for flute, electronics and sounds.

Wild mix of classical/avant-garde and bluegrass–banjo, accordion, strings.

A collection of pieces for sax/piano or transcriptions, revealing the varying styles the classical saxophone can perform. Play most!

Gracious, lovely The Seasons and fun storytelling Album for the Young. Short  piano pieces. Play!

A collection of contemporary works for sax and piano by Beamish, Nyman and others. Play most!

String works by Riley and Scodanibbio. Riley’s sweet with guitar, Scodanibbio’s Baroque-like with some atonality. Play!

King Heavy– Guardian Demons Release date: 2018Jun22 Label: Cruz del  Sur Rating: 4.5/5 My first exposure to Chile’s King Heavy was from their self-titled release in 2015. They’ve only gotten better. Guardian Demons crashes the gates with thick, dirty doom, a sign of things to come. Doom Shall Rise with sinister riffage and epic drums. Fucking right! Come My […]

Green Desert Water– Solar Plexus Release date: 2018Apr27 Label: Small Stone Rating: 3.5/5 Green Desert Water hail from Spain with their potent blend of blues-tinged desert rock. Open Your Wings uplifts with mellow desert sounds. The Deepest Sea moves with a fast, dirty swagger with strong vocals. Mother Moon echoes Deep Purple with cock-sure drums and filthy licks […]

Pallbearer– Dropout EP Release date: 2018Apr13 Label: Profound Lore Rating: 3/5 I was thrilled at first to see new material from Pallbearer. However, I feel that this is an uninspiring effort. The strongest track is I Saw The End, which is a radio edit as well. The other tracks are unmemorable. I personally prefer their […]

Contemporary pieces for piano and violin, varying from lyrical to more strident.

Clement’s Piano Preludes composed over a period of 30 yrs with abrupt rhythm changes and abstract (nice!) and Goldstein’s one piece also attractive.

Mostly gracious piano pieces by Klein  from early 1900’s with a lively piano sonata by Weinberg (1955). Play most!

Abstract, staccato to smooth flute pieces, modern and contemporary. Play most!

Bosnian composer living in Sarajevo during the siege reflects the melancholy and chaos through these vary different pieces based in saxophone. Play!

In my opinion, sort of a disconcerting mix of lyrical classical “lite” with wonderful pipa music overlying by a Chinese-born composer who combines Eastern and Western elements in his works. Do play.

Perle sought a “return to tonality” in 1937 and his music is modern, abstract, not quite lyrical yet still engaging. Play all!