Author Archives: The Serial Chiller

Cubicolor – Hardly A Day, Hardly A Night [Anjunadeep]

Cubicolor is a three-piece band and self-described “haunting fusion of ideas.” Time is what inspired this record, and at just under an hour in length, it “weaves together themes of loss, hope, and acceptance” according to a recent presser. Soft vocals overlay complex, layered electronics with punchy bass lines that forms an all-around solid electro […]

Tycho – Simulcast [Ninja Tune]

Tuck yourself away safe and sound with the instrumental reworkings of 2019’s Weather by Tycho. This enjoyable companion album for 2020 goes great with a warm cup of tea. It works for dedicated listening, or as background music. There is nothing to complain about, really. No shift in moods. Everything is well here. Namaste. Release […]

Poolside – Low Season [Pacific Standard Records]

The eagerly awaited 3rd album from Los Angeles group Poolside is a welcome trip to the tropics; so warm and wonderful! Collaborations with Ben Browning (Cut Copy) and several members of the Poolside live band deepens the disco vibe on this release. Blissful from start to finish, Low Season is sure to expand someone’s ‘loved […]

Vatican Shadow – Opium Crop Airstrikes EP [Hospital]

Modern geopolitics and an artist known as “Muslimgauze” lend influence to the bizarre Opium Crop Airstrikes EP by American experimentalist Vatican Shadow– also known as Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement, and further known as Prurient. Each of the three tracks is long form, industrial dub-like atmospheric music the artist has described as “Jordanian Descent”. Very unusual. RIYL: […]

Cerrone – DNA [Because Music]

This is 21st century disco music from Cerrone: one of the most influential artists of the original disco-era! Today’s dance music fans may know little of the French DJ, but Cerrone has sold over 30 million albums worldwide, and lays claim to being the most sampled French artist in the history of music. The Avalanches, […]

Lane 8 – Brightest Lights [This Never Happened]

“What’s with all the Lane 8 remixes on this ‘Chill’ Spotify playlist?” a pod mate asked the other day. “Oh, that is because he’s promoting the new album!” someone else responded gleefully. And the buzz didn’t stop there… 4 times over the next week “Just” popped onto SiriusXM Chill in the car. Maybe Daniel Goldstein […]

TR/ST – The Destroyer – 2 [Grouch/House Arrest]

Three months after the release of Robert Alfons sequel album and the emails from promoters pushing it just won’t stop! Pronounced “Trust”, The Destroyer – 2 is darkness done oh so well; an intriguing blend of 80’s new wave, modern electro and ambient layering. Sorry, but they’ve sold out of cassette tapes according to the […]

Yppah – Sunset in the Deep End [Future Archive Recordings]

As Lyft is to Uber, so is Yppah to the likes of Tycho, Bonobo or Emancipator. Yppah’s “penchant for fusing alternative, shoegaze and indie guitar textures to crisp hip-hop beats” is really nothing new. Still good of course, but familiar territory at this point. Release Date: 2/10/2020 Play: 1, 2, 3, 9 RIYL: Emancipator, Bonobo, […]

Jacques Greene – Dawn Chorus [LuckyMe]

“Night service. Saturday Mass. All the nights with stained glass. In the future see the past.” Greene’s new vision of night life on Dawn Chorus leaves the club behind in search of something more. For the first time, the Montreal producer features additional production from multiple artists, including film composer Brian Reitzell (Lost In Translation), […]

Nicolas Godin – Concrete & Glass [Because]

  Remember the French musical duo Air? Well the second album from Air co-founder Nicolas Godin sounds very much like…. Air. Inspired by common elements of architecture, Concrete & Glass is a very smooth, clean, melodic electro-pop record that fits perfectly into a any setting. It is refreshingly familiar, and pleasant. Some times you’ve just […]


This major, totally major compilation coming from the English independent record label features ten specially selected radio session recordings that span the history of Warp. From 90’s Peel sessions right up to last June’s WXAXRXP x NTS weekend! Each one of the ten recordings from Warp’s heavy-hitters stands completely on its own. Pick any one […]

Motordisc 2 [MOTORDISCS]

Experience some independent electronic music from across the pond with Motordisc 2, featuring tracks from Sascha Funke, Modular Project, Massimiliano Pagliara, and Concret & Cantor. The record series was created by the people behind Garage, a Paris night club that was shut down during summer 2018. Pure, unadulterated dance. Get down! Play: All Release Date: […]

Lapalux – Amnioverse [Brainfeeder]

Rarely does the album’s artwork so perfectly encapsulate the contained music, but on Lapalux’s fourth album, we “find inspiration in birth, death, rebirth, weather and celestial bodies”. The never ending continuum makes for a stupendous, next level electronic experience. Release Date: 11/18/2019 Play: 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 RIYL: Skee Mask, Jacques Greene, Machinedrum, […]

Tru Thoughts 2019

Tru Thoughts rolls out of 2019 with their annual compilation of staff picks, featuring classic artists, new signings and inspired remixes. There isn’t a single lame track in 100 minutes of run time. Check it out! Play: All Release Date: 12/3/2019 RIYL: Terror Danjah, Quantic, Moonschild, Sefi Zisling  

Tourist – Wild [Monday Records]

It was a busy year for Will Phillips aka Tourist as he closed it out with yet another full-length release for 2019. On Wild, the English musician departs from heart pumping dance music to explore more atmospheric, ambient house. It’s a layered and confident display of composition that’s sure to engage a patient listener. RIYL: […]

Andy Stott – It Should Be Us [Modern Love]

More raw, dark, warehouse rave drudgery from the Manchester producer and experimentalist Andy Stott. This one is 9 tracks of lo-fi, disorienting techno energy that they say is for dancing, but it’s difficult to imagine a social setting where one of these songs keeps the party going. “It’s good, but not for right now,” they […]

Devonté Hynes – Queen & Slim (Original Motion Picture Score) [Domino]

The artist more widely known as Blood Orange throws a Ken Burns effect on his production technique for the score to 2019 American romantic drama film Queen & Slim. Having no real knowledge of the film, one would expect an emotionally evocative viewing experience based on the soundtrack. Melancholy and drawn out are the piano, […]

It Takes a Village: The Sounds of Physical Therapy [Allergy Season]

Dance yourself through dinner preparations with The Sounds of Physical Therapy; 11 unreleased tracks from the many aliases of Daniel Fisher. It’s techno. It’s drum n’ bass. It’s disco. It’s awesome! Release Date: May 2019 Play: 1, 3, 4, 5, 11  |  FCC: 7

Burial – Tunes 2011-2019 [Hyperdub]

A decade worth of one-offs and EPs are featured on this fantastic 17-track 2CD set from the prolific UK producer and dubstep pioneer. Granted there is nothing technically “new” to this album, but hearing “Rival Dealer” alongside “Kindred” next to “Claustro” feels meant to be. If you’ve heard nothing from Burial since Untrue, then this […]

Frameworks – Imagine Gold [Loci Records]

The 3rd album from the Manchester, U.K. based producer Matthew Brewer rides the momentum he has been building since his last studio release in 2015. After riding the North American festival circuit from Coachella to Camp Bisco, Frameworks took a timeout to imagine gold. The results are an easy one for lover’s of downtempo electronic […]

DJ Shadow – Our Pathetic Age [Mass Appeal]

Now here is someone that needs no introduction. On his sixth studio album, DJ Shadow explores a range of different musical instruments, styles, and genres– a complete reinvention when compared to his seminal 1996 debut. This emotionally evocative work is his best in years. Release Date: 11/15/2019 Play: 2, 4, 6, 9, 10 RIYL: Dj […]

Blaue Blume – Bell of Wool [HFN Music]

It’s no secret that this Danish art pop band romanticize the glory days of early 80’s new wave in Britain. The Chameleons, The Smiths, Cocteau Twins, Talk Talk– If any of those bands make your playlist, then Blaue Blume is for you. It is unexpectedly soft, with fluttering synths, beautiful lyrics, and even the occasional […]

Rod Modell – Captagon [Tresor]

Modell’s unique brand of techno murk rolls in hard like a snow squall and swirls with controlled chaos for 68 minutes. Get motivated and toss yourself back into the work after a long vacation. All of the elements are here: high BPM, curious repetition, and percolated ambience. Monday, snowy Monday. Release Date: June 2019 RIYL: […]

Quantic – Atlantic Modulations [Tru Thoughts]

Quantic remixes Quantic alongside Dan Shake, Sampology, Selva and Alfa Mist. Atlantic Modulations reshuffles the original, critically acclaimed release with house, electronica and jazz. Will we be seeing more Will Holland modulations in 2020? Let’s hope so. Fire it up and get sparky! Release Date: 11/22/2019 RIYL: Bonobo, Nightmares on Wax, Four Tet Play: All

TSHA – Moonlight [Counter Records]

The self taught British producer has gotten a good deal of buzz with her new EP Moonlight on Counter Records, a Ninja Tune imprint. Pete Tong of Radio 1 described her as “a rising star in 2019” with Billboard saying she is “not just rising, but shining.” Her 4-track EP is beautiful, bustling electronic music […]