Category RPM

Aspetuck – The Bees Came Back (Self-released) [LOCAL]

Gruff Fulton of Stratton, VT produced his second album of electronic music under the name Aspetuck during the early stages of the pandemic. Layers of synth and echoey guitar wash over minimal beats for a chill experience. Play this while driving at night and your car might just start levitating.  Track Picks: 1, 3, 5 […]

ANE BRUN – WE NEED A MOTHER (SINGLE) [BALLON RANGER]

Dark electronica from Ane Brun on this single. Steady beats are overlayed with Brun’s haunting vocals and ghoulish strings. Give it a listen. FCC: Clean RIYL: Anna Ternheim, Sophie Zelmani, Thomas Dybdahl

COLOR FIELDS – PENDULUM [WONDA MUSIC]

Color Fields float between electro-indie rock, modern pop, EDM and dance on their latest EP. Some sleepy sounds and some more intense ones are combined with infectious pop beats and vocals that are real and raw. Play! FCC: None TRY: 3, 7 RIYL: Indie pop

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, […]

Matthew Mercury – Remixes [Self-released] (LOCAL)

Matthew Mercury return with three dance-club remixes of tracks from their debut album. Included are “Lightning Ocean” (Gentry Mix), “London” (Christopher Hawthorn Mix), and “Swing Like a Hammer” (remixed by WRUV’s own Two Sev!). This last one has yet to hit streaming services – email broth@uvm.edu for mp3s, or play it from the disc in […]

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 […]

WXAXRXP SESSIONS [Warp]

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: […]

TOKiMONSTA — Fried for the Night ft. EARTHGANG (SINGLE) // TOKiMONSTA Music

From Promoter: “TOKiMONSTA just announced the release of her first album in three years, Oasis Nocturno, out via her own Young Art Records on March 20 – listen to fiery new single feat. EARTHGANG!” A rad combination of genres, enjoy TOKiMONSTA’s extremely clean production on this one ! Must play! Label: TOKiMONSTA Music RIYL: Shlohmo, Flying Lotus, […]

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 […]

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 […]