Category RPM

DJ Koze – Kock Knock [Pampa]

The much anticipated follow up to Stefan Kozalla’s 2013 break through Amygdala is everything great about electronic music. Warm, glittery, saturated, hypnotic, soulful, optimistic, minimal, emotional, dreamy, cohesive… shall I continue? You should proably just listen. Release Date: 5/4/2018 Play: 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11 RIYL: Kolsch, The Field, John Talabot   Advertisements

oOoOO & Islamiq Grrrls – Faminine Mystique [Nihjgt Feelings]

One can only imagine the early morning scenes in the Berlin apartment where this album was recorded in its entirety. It is a sort of difficult hear, disorienting experiment with Auto-Tune, shoegaze vocals and crafted guitar solos. You might call it trip hop revivalism, 90’s nostalgia, or just plain crap. It’s worth a listen, regardless. […]

Johnny Jewel – Themes for Television [Italians Do It Better]

A collection of ambient material intended for the “Twin Peaks” series reboot makes a surprise drop via the indie label Italians Do It Better. Jewel composed close to 20 hours of music for the show, and submitted nearly 7 hours of complete compositions intended for use in production– All were ultimately rejected by creator David […]

Anemone – Baby Only You And I [Luminelle]

Bleeding into the edges of alternative we have Montreal-based artist Chloé Soldevila sounding a lot like Stereolab mixed with Mark Pritchard. It’s worldly, jammy, strange, and seriously addictive. Release Date: 4/27/2018 Play: 1, 2, 3, 4 RIYL: Stereolab, Saint Etienne

Amber Mark – Conexão EP [Interscope]

The 23-year-old New York artist and globe trotter Amber Mark makes it sound so easy– like she has been making sublime pop and singing elegant R&B hooks for decades. Four tracks just isn’t enough. Pick one. Release Date: 5/7/2018 Play: 1, 2, 3, 4…. That’s all of them! RIYL: Charlotte Day Wilson, Ravyn Lenae, Jorja […]

GAS – Rausch [Kompakt]

Ambient techno from beyond the grave. The apex of perfection on a rainy Monday morning. Something that is meant to be heard from beginning to end. Probably not the best work for radio airplay given the longevity and progressive nature of it all, but simply a must for enthusiasts of electronic music. Release Date: 5/18/2018 […]

A.A.L (Nicolas Jaar) 2012 – 2017 [Other People]

New York based Chilean-American composer and recording artist Nicolas Jaar (Against All Logic) releases a treasure trove of basement tracks and disco loops.  “This Old House is All I Have” might be the best thing you hear this week… Release Date: 5/17/2018 RIYL: Lone, James Blake, Falty DL Label: Other People  

Forest Swords – DJ Kicks [!K7]

Following two successful, timeless albums on Ninja Tune and Tri Angle, Forest Swords takes the helm of a 27-track compilation for !K7’s long running DJ Kicks series. It circles around ‘80s post-punk, ‘90s electronica, and features selections from Laurel Halo, Orbital, Dead Can Dance, Neneh Cherry, David Toop, Demdike Stare & more. A few exclusive […]

Zhu – Ringers Desert Pt. 1

And who is this mysterious man cutting circles in the Namibian desert ? It’s Chinese-American DJ and producer ZHU delivering the most suitable sort of Electronica for getting down on Ringer’s Desert. An exciting, enjoyable flirtation with Jazz, Blues, Reggaeton, 90’s House, Glitch and Pop. Wow. Release Date: 4/26/2018 Play: 1, 3, 5, 6, 7 RIYL: […]

Simian Mobile Disco – Murmurations [Wichita]

Electronic duo Simian Mobile Disco have returned with their 5th studio album named after “giant cloud formations of starlings”. Collaborating with London’s all female Deep Throat Choir, Murmurations is a fantastic sensory experience appropriate for dance floors, coding, or cooking Sunday sauce. Captivating, indeed. Release Date: 5/7/2018 Play: 1, 2, 5, 7 RIYL: Bicep, Matthew […]

Fluxion – Ripple Effect [Vibrant Music]

For his 7th album, established dub techno producer Konstantinos Soublis (Fluxion) has composed a soundtrack to a movie that doesn’t exist. Play this album through all nine tracks and hear it gradually expand outward from the sweet, slow-burn techno that Fluxion is known for, to more subdued ambient compositions. An excellent departure from previous releases. Release […]

Alison Wonderland – Awake [Astralwerks]

“Punctuated noise” is how others have described the sophmore release from Australian electronic music producer Alison Wonderland. Having listened to the 12 track album start-to-finish, the description proved accurate. Once was enough, although there are some highlights amidst the pop, trap and hip hop amalgamations. Release Date: 4/6/2018 Play: 1, 5, 13 | FCC: 4, […]

Solo Organ – Frequency Illusion [Golden Slipper]

What a weird and scary record from San Francisco based artist Douglas Katelus twerking a Hammond Organ next to “a couple custom Bob Schleicher and Bill Beet Leslies along with a Fender Twin”. If you ever wondered what avant-garde music sounded like in 2018, look no further. “Words” is a cover of a Neil Young […]

Sango – In the Comfort Of [Last Gang]

Sango’s In the Comfort Of is a GREAT listen! If you are already a fan, you will definitely recognize some of his mixes he has previously posted on Soundcloud. One of my favorite things about Sango is the way he integrates Brazilian Funk and Samba into his music. The Brazilian music he samples really puts […]

Le Galaxie – Pleasure [Red River]

How ridiculous does a Bengali tiger look in front of an ice cave? Or maybe it just looks like an ice cave, and Le Galaxie’s 3rd album is supposed to be more than just one laser-lit techno dance dropping fist pump after another. Who knows. Blink and it’s gone. Release Date: 3/27/2018 Play: 1, 2, […]

Young Galaxy – Down Time [Self Released]

Electro-pop duo Young Galaxy out of Montreal have arrived with their first fully independent, “punk spirit” album. In a recent press release, the band noted that their aim on Down Time is to position them selves as “a counter cultural beacon during the current climate of isolation, corruption and despair”. It features blurry and sometimes […]

FKJ – French Kiwi Juice [Roche Musique]

Debut album from French multi-instrumentalist and singer Vincent Fenton. FKJ has been described as a “flag bearer” of New French House music, but this sounds more like R&B than anything else. French Kiwi Juice is certainly soulful, generally upbeat, at times tiresome, but an easy listen overall. It’s what you might call “sunshine music”. Just […]

Daniel Avery – Song for Alpha [Mute]

Here we have the second album from electronic music producer Daniel Avery; a hat tip to some of the great avant-garde composers like Brian Eno and William Basinski. This album explores the space between chillout and dance. Reflecting on the inspiration behind Song For Alpha, Avery stated, “I’ve become increasingly interested in those moments in […]

Chrome Sparks Album

Chrome Sparks [Counter Records]

It’s finally here. “Chrome Sparks’ eponymous debut album boasts a sparkling sound: a euphony of hip-hop, house and bright-beaming synthwork.” Release Date: 4/16/2018 Play: 1, 2, 3, 6, ALL RIYL: Flume, Machinedrum, Chet Faker  

Mark Pritchard – The Four Worlds [Warp]

Warp continues to release ground breaking music with Mark Pritchard’s second solo effort The Four Worlds, an 8-track album that goes deep into an obscure universe of sound. The electronic music veteran of nearly three decades has left the club behind on this one, creating spoken word pieces like “Come Let us” and “S.O.S.” that might even […]

Güero – My way My Rules [YAYHF]

Your and Your Hippie Friends imprint drops an extended hymn to the synth overlords with My Way My Rules; a super ultra electro prog rock disco roller coaster… or something. Most of the tracks approach the six minute mark or more, making the guitar riffs and thick bass lines almost too much at times. Indeed, Guero […]

Project Pablo – There’s Always More at the Store [Technicolour]

Lots of buzz online right now for Canadian producer Patrick Holland’s latest release as “Project Pablo” out of Montreal. The 5-track EP is pure house. In Holland’s words, “lots of repetition in melody, harmony and rhythm.” For the minimalist in you. Fantastic. Release Date: 4/6/2018 Play: Allll. RIYL: Jacques Greene, Fort Romeau

RPM Singles: Rhye, ODESZA, Chrome Sparks

Chrome Sparks – “What’s It Gonna Take (ft. Angelica Bess)” + Machinedrum Remix (Counter Records) Jeremy Malvin aka Chrome Sparks drops his new album April 13th on Counter Records (a Ninja Tune imprint). A fabulous single; blending hip-hop, house and “bright-beaming synth work.” RIYL: Machinedrum, Nosaj Thing ODESZA – “Higher Ground + Remixes” – SINGLE […]

Lone – Ambivert Tools Vol. 3 [R&S]

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Flame 1 – Burial & The Bug – Fog / Shrine [Pressure]

Here we have a collaboration between U.K. electro titans Burial and The Bug on newly minted Pressure Records. And what a splendid shade of grey Fog / Shrine is.  Sound without sound. The foreboding bass line and smokey atmospherics reverberate through an empty room. A club abandoned, outstandingly. Label: Pressure Release Date: 3/30/2018 Play: Both