Author Archives: The Serial Chiller

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 […]

Teebs – Anicca [Brainfeeder]

Los Angeles based producer Mtendere Mandowa (Teebs) comes with the holy water on Anicca after a five year hiatus. At 4​7 minutes, the LP blends his signature production style with some colorful collaborations from Sudan Archives, Panda Bear, MNDSGN and others. This album is for whatever is happening right now, a perfect soundtrack to nearly […]

Superheart – Opening Credits EP [Akira]

Catch a flight to an island of sanity with the soft reverb, interesting lyrics and gentle melodies of Superheart. It’s as dreamy as synth pop gets. Release Date: 8/22/2019 Play: 1, 2, 3, 4

Alessandro Cortini – Volume Massimo [Mute]

Don’t forget to schedule your dog’s next annual appointment with a veterinarian. Get it? The cones of shame? Never mind. Nine Inch Nails keyboardist and accomplished solo artist Alessandro Cortini debuts on Mute with an assembly of filmy, subdued melodies on analog synthesizers and Ibanez guitars. It technically qualifies as music, but as to what […]

Floating Points – LesAlpx / Coorabell [Ninja Tune]

Sam Shepard gets down with some fancy sound machines and looks to pull listeners onto the dance floor with this double track release ahead of a new full length coming soon. Of the album, Shepard notes… I started going back to my early records and all the sounds I loved playing at clubs like Fabric […]

Burial – Claustro / State Forest [Hyperdub]

Palpable tension can be felt between the two tracks here from the veteran producer and UK dubstep pioneer. “Claustro” is crazed, rock-torching footwork, while “State Forest” is foreboding and dark. Both are good, but it’s the ambient work that really shines on this fourteen minute record as Burial ventures further into the void. Release Date: […]

Peggy Gou – Moment EP [Gudu]

Gou has done it again with thirteen minutes of satisfying house music on the first release from her own label, Gudu Records. Both tracks feature Korean lyrics over looping piano melodies, and should be well received on any set list. Release Date: May 3, 2019 Play: Both

Baby Grand – Riveria EP [Club Grand]

Stick to what you know and avoid disappointment. What we have here is sweet, safe, familiar retro lounge music filled with latin flare and harmonious strings. Can’t go wrong, really. Release Date: 9/30/2019 Play: All

Julian Zyklus – Four Dimensional Waves [Hush Hush]

As far as long format conceptual records go, it’s one stranger thing after another. The debut album from Italian electronic musician Julian Zyklus is “based on the cyclic idea of a universe born through a white hole that moves and grows through four-dimensional waves before arriving at its final black hole”. It could be a […]

NAVVI – 25O2 [Hush Hush]

After their sophomore release in 2018, the Seattle duo wasted no time pushing this 8 track, black ice translucent vinyl to market. 25O2 is a continuous house mix, recorded rather impulsively in just one week at the base of a mountain in Washington State. They’ve trusted their instincts, and embraced the nightclub. So hypnotic, and […]

blāācmäjik – Plight of the Avian Aliens [Cubby Control]

Looking to get weird? Try some ritual music from this San Francisco based synthesizerist. The frequencies which make up this album will have you lost in the world’s largest corn maze, but at least you found a playlist for that haunted house party. To be so odd, it works. Release Date: 7/19/2019 Play: 1, 8, […]

Ross From Friends – Epiphany [Brainfeeder]

90’s nostalgic producer Ross From Friends follows last year’s full length debut with a highly additive 3 track EP of clubby head bobbers. It’s funky, fun, swerve driven house music that ends too soon, really. Let’s hope more is coming soon. Release Date: 8/19/2019 Play: All 3    

MEUTE – Live in Paris [Tumult Records]

This is the debut album from a German techno marching band… a German techno marching band! The idea of marching band music is being overhauled with MUETE’s brass and percussion versions of dance hits by Disclosure, Dennis Ferrer, Flume and Deadmau5. There really isn’t anything like it. Dance dance to the revolution! Release Date: 10/4/2019 […]