Monthly Archives: November 2013

Robert Dusek–Runes

Mostly lyrical, abstract and pleasant piano pieces.

Neil Rolnick–Gardening at Gropius House

Two fairly different, extended pieces (one with voice), interesting. Sample due to length. Interesting liner notes.

The Coming of Light

Chicago Chamber Musicians are promoters of new music. They perform works by Harbison, Zwilich, Barber, Lieberson, some with voice.

Signs, Games + Messages

Combining folklore and modernity, works for violin and piano by Janacek, Bartok and Kurtag.

zerO One-sOnar

sOnar is the latest from zerO One. The music is a mix of Downtempo and Bass Music but with some glitch and Ambient Techno added to it creating more of a futuristic, technological sound. zerO One’s music has been described as “unique, surreal and hypnotic” with this album “expanding and mapping the scope of the […]

Abstraxion-Break of Lights

Debut album from artist Abstraxion is titled Break of Lights. The music is a mix of Deep House with some Minimal Techno and Ambient Techno aspects. The tracks are smooth and upbeat yet have dreaminess to them as well. This is a solid dance debut and hopefully we’ll hear more great tracks from this artist […]

Various Artists-Herb Records 2013

Congo Sanchez has launched his own label called Herb Records and Herb Records 2013 is the first compilation for that label. Congo along with Hydroponics and Groove Status appear on this album and the music is a mix of Downtempo, Trip Hop, Hip Hop, Ambient Dub and Dub Reggae. The tracks are very chill and […]

Daedelus-Drown Out

The latest from Daedelus is titled Drown Out. The music is a mix of Experimental Beats with elements of Ambient and Electro Hop. The album is typical Daedelus there really isn’t any flow to album, but rather a series of tracks, each one telling its own story and mood. The title track Flat Faded is […]

Cock & Swan-Recess Tangle Vol. 1

Recess Tangle Vol. 1 is a remix album of Cock & Swan’s album Secret Angles. Hetrick, Kid Smpl, IG88, and Cex are some of the remixing artists here. The music is haunting and dreamy with elements of Ambient, Ambient Dance and Atmospheric Bass Music. Recess Tangle Vol. 2 will be released in the winter of […]

Various Artists-We Are Friends Vol. 2

We Are Friends Vol. 2 is a compilation of Mau5trap Records artists and is released in America by Astralwerks. The music is straight up EDM with heavy glitch. Deadmau5, BSOD, and Heat Maxwell are a few of the artists here. The music is not the most creative (Deadmau5’s tracks seem the most bland and irritating) […]

Fort Knox Five- 10 Years of Fort Knox Five Remixed

Fort Knox Five’s album, 10 Years of Fort Knox Five, has been remixed. A. Skillz, Kraak and Smaak, and Thomas Blondet with Second Sky are just a few of the remixing artists here. The music ranges from Reggaeton, Electro World, Hip Hop, and Disco Dance for the most part. The tracks are upbeat and funky […]

enCAPSULAte-Fetal Position

The latest from enCAPSULAte (previously known as Capsula) is an album titled Fetal Position. The music is a mix of Ambient Dance and Downtempo with some very minor hints of Dubstep mixed in. The tracks are mellow yet upbeat with a trippy vibe laced into the music. This is a good chill out album with […]

Jel-Late Pass

Late Pass is the third solo album from Anticon co-founder Jel and was co-produced by Odd Nosdam. The music is a “psychedelic collage of samples, stitched together with surgical precision.” The music is Electro Hop but with heavy experimentation taking elements of German Prog Rock, Hip Hop and Indie Rock and Trip Hop. Anticon is […]

Sebastien Tellier-Confection

The latest from French artist Sebastien Tellier is an album titled Confection. This sweet treat from Tellier is a smooth blend of Lounge with elements of Jazz and has an orchestral backdrop. The album has a retro soundtrack quality to it and has been described by some a sounding like a soundtrack to an Emmanuelle […]

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NATUREBOY – “THE SWEEP”

Seductive, thoughtful folk-pop. Dreamy quality w/looped female vocals, minimal guitar & drums. Sharon Van Etten guest vocals. PLAY: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10 RIYL: SHARON VAN ETTEN, CAT POWER, CATE LE BON

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THEE OH SEES- “SINGLES COLLECTION VOLUME 3”

SF Prolific garage-rock heroes releases an album of rare singles, demos, a Sonic Youth cover & 2 live tracks. Fast-paced, fuzzy & lo-fi. PLAY: 1, 2, 3, 7, 9 FCC: 6, 8 RIYL: TY SEGALL, MIKAL CRONIN

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NO JOY – “PASTEL AND PASS OUT EP”

Noisy guitar walls, expansive atmospherics, airy vocals, blissed-out peaks & melodies. PLAY: 1, 2, 3 RIYL: WAX IDOLS, FRANKIE ROSE

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THE GORIES- “THE SHAW TAPES: LIVE IN DETROIT 5/27/88”

From Detroit in 1986-1992. Rooted in primal, primitive underpinnings of 50’s rhythm & blues and 60’s garage punk. Covers of John Lee Hooker , The Stooges, Willie Dixon. PLAY: 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13 RIYL: DIRTBOMBS, THEE HEADCOATS

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BODY PARTS- “FIRE DREAM “

LA duo. Experimental pop w/ sensual guitar-scapes of Prince, haunting vocals & melodrama of Kate Bush & funky synths. PLAY: 1, 2, 5, 6, 9 RIYL: DIRTY PROJECTORS

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CATE LE BON – “MUG MUSEUM”

Folk-pop: melodic, confident and wrapped in a hazy psychedelic gauze. Dramatic and emotional vocals, esp. on track 5, duet with Perfume Genius. “The band behind her, featuring guitarist H. Hawkline and White Fence drummer Nick Murray, hit at some familiar folk garage signposts from her previous albums. Mostly, they’re a tight, scrappy Euro beat band from […]

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MIRROR TRAVEL – “MEXICO”

Austin psych-shoegaze, formerly Follow That Bird. Fuzzy. & dark w/ Echo-drenched guitar shredding, punchy bass lines, dreamy pop female vocals. PLAY: 2, 3, 4, 6 FCC: 5, 10 RIYL: BLACK ANGELS, BLACK TAMBOURINE, TRUE WIDOW

Arnold Schoenberg–Verklarte Nacht

Somewhat abstract string quartet pieces by a master of tonality. Try trks 2, 5, 6, 10, 12.

Richard Teitelbaum–Piano Plus

Avant-garde works for piano, tape and digital piano, varied in tempi. Try  trks 1, 3, 5.

Roberto Fabbriciani–Alchemies

Very abstract/avant works for flute, hyperbass flute and tape. Eerie. Sample.

George Enescu–Piano Trio/Piano Quintet

Gracious pieces with folk elements. Play most!