Category RPM

RÜFÜS DU SOL – Solace [Reprise]

RÜFÜS DU SOL leans towards darker dance floors with Solace, lamenting on one-sided relationships and longing for second chances. It’s more or less still the same alternative dance, floating synth sound that RÜFÜS is known for. Give it a few spins. Release Date: 11/5/2018 Play: 2,4,7,8 RIYL: ODESZA, Flume, Slow Magic, Bob Moses   Advertisements

Ouri – We Share Our Blood EP [Ghostly International]

Trained in piano, harp and cello, the South American musician continues to study electronic music production in Montreal. Just how many instruments can she play? We Share Our Blood is a showcase of her talent and originality. It’s the new sound of R&B meets lo-fi house and techno; something we are sure to hear more […]

Oneohtrix Point Never – Love In The Time Of Lexapro EP [Warp]

Lexapro is used to treat anxiety and depression in adults. Side effects of Lexapro include, but are not limited to, sexual dysfunction. What is Lopatin trying to say with his amusingly titled EP? Hard telling on this 4 track collection of material swept from the cutting-room floor. It features reworks from Alex G and Ryuichi […]

Scratch Massive – Garden of Love [bORDEL]

The fourth studio album from the French duo is catching a lot of buzz online right now, and has been described as “between shadow and light, failure and redemption, violence and melancholy.” It’s hard to know exactly what that means having never heard Scratch Massive before, but after a couple listens you start to get […]

Robot Koch – Sphere [Trees & Cyborgs]

Beautifully weird ambient trip-hop type music for the contemporary citizen from award winning German artist Robot Koch. Sphere is a cinematic experience, lifting you up and putting you down in just over 45 minutes–worth several listens. Currently on tour, his live show is being developed in surround sound for a Planetarium in Berlin. Release Date: […]

Poppy Ackroyd – Resolve [One Little Indian Records]

This English artist and member of Hidden Orchestra is classically trained on piano and violin. Her music is made from basically just these two instruments, which is impressive considering the depth of sound garnered. Like your morning coffee, it’s very pleasant from start to finish. Release Date: 2/2/2018 RIYL: Emancipator, Hidden Orchestra Play: All  

The Field – Infinite Moment [Kompakt]

Swedish producer The Field is still good after eleven years, six full length albums, seven EPs and counting. Weaving compositions and incessant loops make for pulsating, progressive techno that is just textbook awesome. Release Date: 9/24/2018 Play: All RIYL: Daniel Avery

Chris Liebing – Burn Slow [Mute]

Bloody dark techno from German DJ and producer Chris Liebing that will seep through your speakers like a sieve. The spoken word pieces, although nothing new in this form, are intriguing and artistic. Most appropriate for the frequently cold and gray forecast this time of year. Play: 1, 2, 3, 7 RIYL: Martyn, Kolsch, Mark […]

Total 18 [Kompakt]

Eighteen releases and counting from Kompakt. This iteration spans the last several months, and features exclusives from the like of……. several people we’ve never heard of. Time to change that! Release Date: 8/24/2018 Play: ALL RIYL: George Fitzgerald, Kolsch, Gui Boratto… Anything on the Kompakt label.

Shinichi Atobe – Heat [DDS]

Japanese “object of desire” techno done with crystal clarity. Watch the twilight shimmer. Play: 1,3,7,4 RIYL: Ian Pooley

Aphex Twin – Collapse EP [Warp]

DJ Tom noted earlier today that when listening to the entirety of Aphex Twin’s catalog, you’ll probably only like 50% of it. It can be confusing and hard at times, but give this one a try. Richard D. James still has it. Label: Warp Play: 1 RIYL: Aphex Twin  

Yves Tumor – Safe in the Hands of Love [Warp]

On his first project with Warp Records, the mysterious Tennessee born experimentalist takes listeners on a fascinating, bleeding-edge journey around contemporary Indie music. So many genres blended together into one glorious melting pot– Absolute now. Release Date: 9/5/2018 Play: 1, 2, 3, 4 RIYL: Carla Dal Forno, Sinkane, Jessy Lanza, Oneohtrix Point Never  

Jay Glass Dubs – Plegnic [Ecstatic]

Distressing dub music from Greek electronic producer Dimitris Papadatos. Listen as he boils Jamacian dub down to bare drum beats, faded vocals, and curious loops. Very unique. Release Date: 9/6/2018 Play: All RIYL: Yves Tumor  

Ital Tek – Bodied [Planet Mu]

  This is the 6th album from Planet Mu veteran Alan Myson, and what a far cry Bodied is from previous records. “I wanted to make the music sound very physical, geometric, and monolithic, as if it inhabited a physical space.” It’s dark, ambient electronic music, and very progressive. Release Date: 9/7/2018 Play: 1, 8, […]

Maribou State – Kingdoms in Colour [Counter Records]

Despite the pressure of following an Internationally acclaimed debut album, the English duo continues to marry smooth-buttery-smooth live instrumentation with warm electronics on their sophomore release. Soak it up. Release Date: 9/10/2018 Play: All RIYL: Mount Kimbie, Bonobo, The XX, DJ Koze, Leon Vynehall  

DEEPCHORD – Immersions [Astral Industries]

Immerse yourself. Get completely involved in something without any distractions. Draw a picture. Paint a wall. Write 400 words in a single sitting. Walk a mile without checking your phone. This is your soundtrack. Deep, pristine, rolling dub techno with no breaks. Play: Both Release Date: 7/17/2018 RIYL: Fluxion, Basic Channel

Hush Hush 100

HH100 – Various Artists [Hush Hush]

In 2012, former KEXP DJ Alex Ruder launched Hush Hush Records to “collaborate with a friend to help share their music with the world.” Here are they six years later celebrating the 100th release with a compilation of exclusive new tracks from Hush Hush artists of all walks: dream pop, techno, ambient, new age, instrumental […]

Perfume ~ “Future Pop”

Sixth studio album by electro pop trio hailing from Hiroshima Japan. Excellent album from start to finish. If you like electronic pop music or international music, check them out. Available on Spotify. PLAY: 2, 3, 4*, 5, 9*, 10, 12* (* = best three songs) RIYL: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu FCC: All clean

Ethan Gold – E X P A N S E S ( T E E N A G E S Y N T H S T R U M E N T A L S ) [Electrik Gold]

The sophomore release from Los Angeles-based composer/performer/producer Ethan Gold is chucked full of diverse, lo-fi instrumental goodness that harks for simpler times. Was this made in the 1970’s, 80’s, 90’s, 2000’s? It’s kind of hard to tell, since this indeed does not sound like any of the electronic music being made today. Release Date: 7/31/2018 […]

Martyn – Voids [Ostgut Ton]

A darkly beautiful return to form for the Dutch producer and DJ, Martyn. His first album in 4 years, Voids recalls a post-dubstep world where anything could happen. It’s a rugged, percussion heavy wander from warehouse rave into abstract jazz that may not hit on all levels, but remains engaging throughout. Release Date: 7/19/2018 Play: […]

Ross From Friends – Family Portrait [Brainfeeder]

This one has been on heavy rotation for the last few weeks, and the 90’s nostalgia is curious. What on Earth does this U.K. producer Felix Clary have to do with David Schwimmer? Nothing really; Clary just likes “the old school sound.” As Ross From Friends, he pushes all sorts of low-fidelity dance music elements […]

Oneohtrix Point Never – The Station [Warp]

The first of 2 follow up EP’s to Daniel Lopatin’s latest full length album as Oneohtrix Point Never is a mixed bag of tricks, but it’s good. How good? Very good. Surprisingly good. Too good to be written off. Play it through several times on cloudy morning and still going good. Release Date: 7/27/2018 Play: […]

Actress + London Contemporary Orchestra – LAGEOS [Ninja Tune]

An ongoing collaboration between Darren Cunningham and LCO has blossomed into a full 10 track album that mixes classic Actress with contemporary classical music.  It’s upbeat, stringy, repetitive, and blurry– a waning hybrid between techno and acoustic melodies that will excite some and annoy others. Release Date: 5/25/2018 Play: 4, 6, 7, 9 RIYL: Daniel […]

Claptone – Fantast [Different]

The masked EDM performer (how many are there now?) drops a radio friendly Sophomore album of cheerful house music that’s in stark contrast to the foreboding cover art. Of the thirteen tracks, only two break four minutes– a rather short window for the fist pumping, drop worshipping dance clergy. Regardless, the different vocalists Claptone employs […]

Leon Vynehall – Nothing is Still [Ninja Tune]

Debut album on the mighty Ninja Tune label from seasoned British dance producer Leon Vynehall is fluid indeed, and nothing short of epic. Inspired by his Grandparents emigration from England to New York City, Vynehall created a concept record blending classical and ambient music that is a far cry from his previous, more club-oriented releases. […]