Author Archives: The Serial Chiller

James Place – Still Waves to a Whisper [Umor-Rex]

This ultra progressive album from New York native Phil Tortoroli is in it’s own world. Repetitive and noisy at first, but layered with enough density to keep listeners intrigued. No bangers or sweat breakers here. Just hypnotic, dreamy techno that straddles sonic dimensions. Release Date: 2/8/2019 Play: 1, 4, 6 | FCC: 2 RIYL: Seefeel, […]

Jacques Greene – Fever Focus EP [LuckyMe]

  Canadian producer Jacques Greene closes out 2018 with an expansion of last year’s full-length debut Feel Infinite. This excellent 6-track EP is everything Greene is known for: warm, melodic dance music with touches of acid house and ambient vocal loops. You will move to this. Release Date: 11/15/2018 Play: All RIYL: George Fitzgerald  

TENDER – Fear of Falling Asleep [PTKF]

Psychological struggles can make it hard to sleep. When the body tires, but the mind simply will not, our anxieties or fears may heighten to cause sleeplessness or insomnia. Fear of Falling Asleep from British-duo TENDER deals with the kind of prolonged introspection that would occur during this experience. The result is an honest, engaging, […]

ford. – (The) Evening [Foreign Family Collective]

Recorded around the world from 2016 – 2018, (The) Evening by Utah-based producer Luc Bradford is must listen. Soft pianos, beautiful vocals, flutes, layered drumming, soothing melodies and the faint scratching of a record needle– it’s all here and all good. This is an impressive debut album that is logical and complete, with individual tracks […]

Nicola Cruz – Sika [ZZK Records]

Fun Fact: The siku is a wind instrument of Andean origin, made of two parts and represents duality. You can hear it on this record, which was made entirely on the road as Cruz traveled from city to city. The Ecuadorian producer’s second full length album is heavy on Latin American rhythm and sound, but […]

Brainfeeder X

It’s 10 years of Brainfeeder! This double disc (4 LP) compilation celebrates the best of the label’s past, present and future, which includes 22 brand new and previously unreleased tracks. There is no better description of this album than the one provided direct from the Brainfeeder website: “A glowing neon helix of hip-hop, house, jazz, […]

Craün – III [Hush Hush]

Do you like ambient music? This 5 track headphone cinema from Australian-based musician and sound designer Aris Hatzidakis is a good test. Composed as a musical gift to his daughter, the title reflects his growing family: husband, wife, and now child. This stuff is pure relaxation. Music for knitting, naps, or petting cats. Enjoy. Release […]

The Samps – Breakfast [Gloriette Records]

What a bizarre amalgamation of mashups there are on this debut album from California-based trio The Samps. So many genres have been fused together here to form a strangely cohesive, hypnotic and pretty epic listening experience. It’s like Jackson Pollock for your ears. Release Date: 11/28/2018 RIYL: Washed Out, Oneohtrix Point Never, The Avalanches, Toro […]

Maya Jane Coles – Waves & Whirlwinds EP [I/AM/ME]

More wavey gravy from the beautiful house music veteran Maya Jane Coles. This 5 track EP is filled with deep bass, and drifts between a feeling of eerie weightlessness on “Isolate” to a rug cutter like “Visionary.” Overall, solid. Release Date: 12/24/2018 Play: 1, 2, 4 RIYL: Ian Pooley, Nina Kraviz,  

Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement – Venus Flytrap Exotica [Editions Gravats]

The name alone makes for an intriguing proposition: Venus Flytrap Exotica by Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement. Do I really want to know more? What the heck is this gonna sound like? With only two tracks, the total run time here is just over 7 minutes, but that’s still enough to whet your appetite for weird voodoo […]

Chrome Sparks – Be on Fire EP [Counter]

Yeah, this will do: sweet synthy glitch goodness from Jeremy Malvin on Counter Records, an imprint of the mighty Ninja Tune label. Be on Fire follows the release of Malvin’s hit full length album last year, and this dreamy downtempo doesn’t disappoint. Play it all over several times. Release Date: 1/7/2019 Play: 1, 3, 4 […]

Tru Thoughts 2018

Tru Thoughts rolls out of 2018 with their annual compilation of greatest hits, featuring classic artists, new signings and inspired remixes. This includes a re-imagined version Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart” by the Bot 8 Brass Band. Check it out! Release Date: 12/3/2018 Play: It’s all good, really. RIYL: Te’Amir, Anchorsong, Quantic, Sly5thAve, […]

RÜFÜS DU SOL – Solace [Reprise]

RÜFÜS DU SOL leans towards darker dance floors with Solace, lamenting on one-sided relationships and longing for second chances. It’s more or less still the same alternative dance, floating synth sound that RÜFÜS is known for. Give it a few spins. Release Date: 11/5/2018 Play: 2,4,7,8 RIYL: ODESZA, Flume, Slow Magic, Bob Moses  

Ouri – We Share Our Blood EP [Ghostly International]

Trained in piano, harp and cello, the South American musician continues to study electronic music production in Montreal. Just how many instruments can she play? We Share Our Blood is a showcase of her talent and originality. It’s the new sound of R&B meets lo-fi house and techno; something we are sure to hear more […]

Oneohtrix Point Never – Love In The Time Of Lexapro EP [Warp]

Lexapro is used to treat anxiety and depression in adults. Side effects of Lexapro include, but are not limited to, sexual dysfunction. What is Lopatin trying to say with his amusingly titled EP? Hard telling on this 4 track collection of material swept from the cutting-room floor. It features reworks from Alex G and Ryuichi […]

Scratch Massive – Garden of Love [bORDEL]

The fourth studio album from the French duo is catching a lot of buzz online right now, and has been described as “between shadow and light, failure and redemption, violence and melancholy.” It’s hard to know exactly what that means having never heard Scratch Massive before, but after a couple listens you start to get […]

Robot Koch – Sphere [Trees & Cyborgs]

Beautifully weird ambient trip-hop type music for the contemporary citizen from award winning German artist Robot Koch. Sphere is a cinematic experience, lifting you up and putting you down in just over 45 minutes–worth several listens. Currently on tour, his live show is being developed in surround sound for a Planetarium in Berlin. Release Date: […]

Poppy Ackroyd – Resolve [One Little Indian Records]

This English artist and member of Hidden Orchestra is classically trained on piano and violin. Her music is made from basically just these two instruments, which is impressive considering the depth of sound garnered. Like your morning coffee, it’s very pleasant from start to finish. Release Date: 2/2/2018 RIYL: Emancipator, Hidden Orchestra Play: All  

The Field – Infinite Moment [Kompakt]

Swedish producer The Field is still good after eleven years, six full length albums, seven EPs and counting. Weaving compositions and incessant loops make for pulsating, progressive techno that is just textbook awesome. Release Date: 9/24/2018 Play: All RIYL: Daniel Avery

Chris Liebing – Burn Slow [Mute]

Bloody dark techno from German DJ and producer Chris Liebing that will seep through your speakers like a sieve. The spoken word pieces, although nothing new in this form, are intriguing and artistic. Most appropriate for the frequently cold and gray forecast this time of year. Play: 1, 2, 3, 7 RIYL: Martyn, Kolsch, Mark […]

Total 18 [Kompakt]

Eighteen releases and counting from Kompakt. This iteration spans the last several months, and features exclusives from the like of……. several people we’ve never heard of. Time to change that! Release Date: 8/24/2018 Play: ALL RIYL: George Fitzgerald, Kolsch, Gui Boratto… Anything on the Kompakt label.

Shinichi Atobe – Heat [DDS]

Japanese “object of desire” techno done with crystal clarity. Watch the twilight shimmer. Play: 1,3,7,4 RIYL: Ian Pooley

Aphex Twin – Collapse EP [Warp]

DJ Tom noted earlier today that when listening to the entirety of Aphex Twin’s catalog, you’ll probably only like 50% of it. It can be confusing and hard at times, but give this one a try. Richard D. James still has it. Label: Warp Play: 1 RIYL: Aphex Twin  

Yves Tumor – Safe in the Hands of Love [Warp]

On his first project with Warp Records, the mysterious Tennessee born experimentalist takes listeners on a fascinating, bleeding-edge journey around contemporary Indie music. So many genres blended together into one glorious melting pot– Absolute now. Release Date: 9/5/2018 Play: 1, 2, 3, 4 RIYL: Carla Dal Forno, Sinkane, Jessy Lanza, Oneohtrix Point Never  

Jay Glass Dubs – Plegnic [Ecstatic]

Distressing dub music from Greek electronic producer Dimitris Papadatos. Listen as he boils Jamacian dub down to bare drum beats, faded vocals, and curious loops. Very unique. Release Date: 9/6/2018 Play: All RIYL: Yves Tumor