Author Archives: The Serial Chiller

Kölsch – 1989 (Kompakt)

When only the purest techno house will satisfy your cravings, choose Kölsch. 1989 is the final album in an autobiographical trilogy of LPs on Kompakt, described as “an exploration of the Danish producer’s difficult early teenage years.” Tracks like “Liath” and “Khairo” are richly layered by The Heritage Orchestra to become serenely hypnotic. It’s Grade A […]

Four Tet – New Energy (TEXT)

Veteran instrumentalist, composer and general legend in the world of electronic music, Four Tet, has released his 15th album New Energy on his own label TEXT.  How this guy continues to evolve and innovate after fifteen albums is a testament to his genius. So how does new Four Tet sound? Kind of like the old Four […]

Juju & Jordash – Sis-Boom-Bah! (Dekmantel)

From the Netherlands with regards come Juju and Jordash with their pleasantly surprising 5th album Sis-Boom-Bah! Club hits you’d expert to hear from a House duo like this are no where to be found on this album. It’s all about spacey techno and abstract compositions– suited more for a relaxing afternoon than a dance floor. The change […]

Shigeto – The New Monday (Ghostly International)

How often can we judge an album by its’ cover? Mysterious. Familiar. Static. Change. Do these words evoke a particular place or musical genre? For Zach Saginaw’s third full length album The New Monday, it’s all about his hometown of Detroit. Jazz, techno, house, hip hop… a collage of the City’s musical culture glued for […]

Mount Kimbie – Love What Survives (Warp)

Place a track from Mount Kimbie’s 3rd full-length, like “Audition”, next to something from their 2011 debut, such as “Carbonated”, and you’d be surprised to learn it’s by the same group. From post-dubstep beat music to something ostensibly more 80’s new wave, and much less like electronic music in general, one wonders if Mount Kimbie […]

ODESZA – A Moment Apart (Counter)

More of the same from Odesza, but it’s sure to ignite their fan base regardless. “A Moment Apart”, the third full length album from the Seattle based electronic duo, features the same distorted EDM and chopped-up House that’s made them who they are. Incessant head bangers like “Late Night” and “La Cuidad” nearly make up […]

Crywolf – Skeletons EP [Okami Records]

EDM crowd pleaser Justin Phillips aka Crywolf is back with this 9 track EP on Okami Records, and there is a lot to love here. Vulnerably mellow tracks like “Weight” and “Silk”, alongside the passionate vocals heard on “Fuse”, are great counter points to the progressive drops of “Lemniscate”. This is one for the slow […]

Big Spider’s Back – Beverly Centaur (Hush Hush)

  Seattle-based electronic artist Yair Rubinstein AKA Big Spider’s Back returns with this 9 track analog playground available as a cassette tape only release. Get lost on a highway with tech-house bangers like “Light Sleeper,” “Outbound,” and “Dream Sequencer.” Or find solace on a long walk with wavey instrumentals like “Ativan” or “Sunset Programming. Where ever you might going, Beverly Centaur will get […]

Ki:Theory – Silence (Kringer Records)

Virginia-based DJ and multi-instrumentalist Joel Burleson aka KI:Theory (pronounced “Key Theory”) blends alternative rock and glitchy electronica on this  blazzey blah of a record. It’s all those tired EDM sounds juxtaposed with Indie Rock angst and exasperated vocals. Pure instrumental tracks such as “Used to Like” and “Goner” make the album almost worth keeping, but those are few and far […]

Carl Craig – Versus (InFiné)

Carl Craig is known for Techno. So what is this? A collaboration between the Detroit iconoclast and a French Orchestra– a fabulous album that takes his music out of the club and into the concert hall. Beautifully minimal and progressive, tracks like “The Melody”, “Domina” and “Technology” are about as close to pure bliss you […]

Kasai Allstars – Félicité Remixes (Crammed Discs)

Remix albums are easy to ignore, so let’s start at the beginning. Félicité is an award-winning film centered around the vibrant music scene of Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The backing band for the lead character in this movie are the Kasai Allstars, a well known act from the region known for mixing traditional sounds […]

darkDARK – Heathered (Self Released)

Welcome to Heathered, the synth-heavy debut EP from electronic duo darkDARK. According to the band, the record is about relationships. “Everything from the first moments with someone, which can be so amazing and fleeting, to the times where you’ve forgotten who you both are, change, and evolve […]” darkDARK recently told Consequence of Sound. Haley Bonar’s […]

Juana Molina – Halo (Crammed Discs)

Take a trip into Latin Folktronica with Argentinian born singer-songwriter and an actress Juana Molina. Having not heard of Molina before, it’s unknown what differentiates Halo from her previous six albums.  Tracks like “Los pies helados,” “Cosoco,” and “Cara de espejo” are upbeat and catchy, but the album’s general demeanor is pretty cloudy. The nearly 57 minutes of echoing vocals and […]

Actress – “AZD” (Ninja Tune)

British electronic musician Darren Cunningham, better known as Actress, returns from early retirement with his densely progressive fifth full-length album AZD. Pronounced “azid,” the album features many songs over 5 minutes and deserves multiple go rounds. Songs like “RUNNER” and “FANTASYNTH”, with their incessant repetition and varied minimalism, paint a vivid picture of a mechanical paradise where […]

Jimmy Whoo – “Motel Music Pt 2” (Grande Ville Records)

Jimmy Whoo, Parisian producer and Co-Founder of  Grande Ville Records, returns with the second part to his Motel Music album that he wrote over a three month stay in Los Angeles. Consisting of “dark, filmic moments that weave together dreamlike visions of L.A. landscapes and night time glamour,” or in this writer’s words, a mellow mix […]

Lusine – “Sensorimotor” (Ghostly International)

The lines between techno and electro-pop continue to blur on the fourth studio album from Jeff McIlwain, aka Lusine. “The concept behind Sensorimotor pulls from a special kind of double meaning of the word,” McIlwain recently noted. Beginning with “Canopy”, an opener seethed in wind chimes and harmonic distortion, the album moves on to more synth heavy, […]

Clark – “Death Peak” (Warp Records)

Another strong album from British electronic musician Chris Clark; his eighth studio release since his musical debut in 2001. Death Peak is just under 45 minutes of varied techno styles mixed with wonderfully progressive ambient compositions. Glittering melodies on tracks like “Living Fantasy” and “Peak Magnetic”, alongside the washed out vocal elements of “Catastrophe Anthem” give the album a less foreboding feel than some of Clark’s previous […]