Monthly Archives: April 2018

Dead Parties – All Our Times [Etienne Mamo]

Dead Parties is the brainchild of Australian artist Etienne Mamo. Following up Dead Parties’ first EP and various singles, All Our Times is an advanced and continuously exciting album. The band most comfortably falls into the alternative genre, though there are hints of psychedelia, dream pop, and the mildly entertained, sly drone that is typically associated […]

Le Galaxie – Pleasure [Red River]

How ridiculous does a Bengali tiger look in front of an ice cave? Or maybe it just looks like an ice cave, and Le Galaxie’s 3rd album is supposed to be more than just one laser-lit techno dance dropping fist pump after another. Who knows. Blink and it’s gone. Release Date: 3/27/2018 Play: 1, 2, […]

Young Galaxy – Down Time [Self Released]

Electro-pop duo Young Galaxy out of Montreal have arrived with their first fully independent, “punk spirit” album. In a recent press release, the band noted that their aim on Down Time is to position them selves as “a counter cultural beacon during the current climate of isolation, corruption and despair”. It features blurry and sometimes […]

FKJ – French Kiwi Juice [Roche Musique]

Debut album from French multi-instrumentalist and singer Vincent Fenton. FKJ has been described as a “flag bearer” of New French House music, but this sounds more like R&B than anything else. French Kiwi Juice is certainly soulful, generally upbeat, at times tiresome, but an easy listen overall. It’s what you might call “sunshine music”. Just […]

Daniel Avery – Song for Alpha [Mute]

Here we have the second album from electronic music producer Daniel Avery; a hat tip to some of the great avant-garde composers like Brian Eno and William Basinski. This album explores the space between chillout and dance. Reflecting on the inspiration behind Song For Alpha, Avery stated, “I’ve become increasingly interested in those moments in […]

Chrome Sparks Album

Chrome Sparks [Counter Records]

It’s finally here. “Chrome Sparks’ eponymous debut album boasts a sparkling sound: a euphony of hip-hop, house and bright-beaming synthwork.” Release Date: 4/16/2018 Play: 1, 2, 3, 6, ALL RIYL: Flume, Machinedrum, Chet Faker  

DJ Taye – Still Trippin’ [Hyperdub]

Originally a mere rapper and beat maker, DJ Taye’s newest release has something for everybody. Tracks 11 and 12 have infectious hooks comparable to mainstream pop tunes, while other tracks are more rap-focused, spitting creative lyrics and boasting features from a myriad of artists. Track 2 contains hints of electronica and dare I say…psychedelia? This […]

Guided By Voices – Space Gun

Dynamic indie rock band produces tracks reminiscent of classic rock ranging from the 60s to the 80s. The dynamics of the band has changed over the years as members have come and gone, yet there is consistency in principal songwriter Robert Pollard, who has lead the group to another successful, energized album. Label: Guided by […]

Dreamkeepers- N’we Jinan and Indigenous Youth

Each track from a different First Nation in British Columbia produced with artist musician Davis Hodges and First Nation’s youth.  With small groups of students writing their own songs and David produces electrifying and meaningful work.  He uses traditional language and makes music videos with the students as well. Play All!

Medicine Songs-Buffy Sainte-Marie

Some very powerful Rock songs in voice and lyrics.  Track one with Tanya Tagaq (Throatsinger) ..some of the older songs are a remix.  play all!!

Acid Dad – Acid Dad [Greenway Records]

Following their 2016 EP, NYC band Acid Dad’s self-titled debut album succeeds in producing dreamy vocals and catchy guitar riffs. Comprised of JP Basileo, Sean Fahey, Vaughn Hunt, and Kevin Walker, this album proves essential in any psychedelic rock fan’s music repertoire. Label: Greenway Records Start w/ 1, 2, 5, 9 FCC: 3, 4 RIYL: […]

Ed Schrader’s Music Beat – Riddles [Carpark Records]

Noisy Baltimore post-punk duo continues to produce nuanced alt-rock on their first release for Carpark, while experimenting with 80s-sounding pop and complexity in their lyrics. On Riddles, the duo collaborates with close friend and electronic pop aficionado Dan Deacon to produce, arrange, and write the album. Their tunes give rise to an emotional complexity, exploring themes […]

Steffen Schleiermacher–Sound and Colour

Inspired by the visual arts, these are very interesting pieces for sax quartet or flute, piano & percussion trio. Play or sample!

Alan Hovhaness–Suite for Band

A mix of works for wind ensemble or solo flute, and percussion, ranging from quiet to marching.

Gregory Wanamaker–Light and Shadows, Waves and Time

Interesting mix of winds, duet or ensemble with elements of jazz, modern. Play!

Frederic Hand–Samatureya

Contemporary guitar-based  pieces, some with flute and/or guitar duo. Play most!

For Lenny–Lara Downes and Friends

A tribute to the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, with pieces by the composer and others composed for him, varying from bluegrass, classical, jazz, etc.

Snapshots–Trumpet Pieces

Anthony Plog performs works by Hovhaness, Bozza, Reynolds and others in an exploration of modern trumpet duets (trumpet, piano, organ, voice). Varying styles. Play!

James Romig–STILL

As the title suggests, this solo piano work (almost an hour in length) explores slowly, repetitive harmony with changes in rhythm. The liner notes indicate it can be analyzed as a mix of minimalism and twelve tone language. Sample.


Interesting mix of western and Asian instruments, some with layered tracks, others less complex. Play!

S. Carey – Hundred Acres [Jagjaguwar]

A modern take on folk, a full yet intimate sound with glorious harmonies and heavy drums. This album feels earthy, its melodies and lyrics are simple and warm. This piece seems a bit more pop than his other two albums, but maintains the great folk feel he’s become known for. The instrumentals are rich and […]

L’Heure Exquise–French Piano Music

Post-Impressionistic piano pieces by Poulenc, Francaix and others. Play!

Federico Albanese–By the Deep

Ambient, minimal piano with electronics, occasional  other instruments. Nice!

Mark Pritchard – The Four Worlds [Warp]

Warp continues to release ground breaking music with Mark Pritchard’s second solo effort The Four Worlds, an 8-track album that goes deep into an obscure universe of sound. The electronic music veteran of nearly three decades has left the club behind on this one, creating spoken word pieces like “Come Let us” and “S.O.S.” that might even […]

Güero – My way My Rules [YAYHF]

Your and Your Hippie Friends imprint drops an extended hymn to the synth overlords with My Way My Rules; a super ultra electro prog rock disco roller coaster… or something. Most of the tracks approach the six minute mark or more, making the guitar riffs and thick bass lines almost too much at times. Indeed, Guero […]