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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 […]

HERMITUDE – Pollyanarchy // Nettwerk

From promoter: “Signing with Nettwerk Records in 2015 saw Hermitude introduced to international crowds, touring the US and reaping in successes at lucrative festivals including SXSW, Governor’s Ball and Lollapalooza. Their reputation for producing an electrifying live show and stand out collaborations was eagerly adopted by international markets, while at home, Hermitude’s Australian fans were […]

Rituals of Mine – Sleeper Hold [Carpark Records]

From promoter: “Los Angeles-based electronic and alt-R&B duo Rituals of Mine, spearheaded by vocalist and songwriter Terra Lopez shares their new EP, SLEEPER HOLD, a collection of stories from recent traumas and life events. Inspired by ’90s trip-hop, downtempo R&B, and footwork, Rituals of Mine have crafted an unparalleled heavy sound that fuels their uplifting and cathartic performances.” Label: Carpark Records Start w/ […]

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 […]

Sofi Tukker – Dancing on the People [Ultra]

From promoter: “The Dancing on the People EP is the follow up to Sofi Tukker’s Grammy nominated debut album Treehouse.” Label: Ultra Start w/ 1, 4, 5, 6 FCC: Clean RIYL: Robyn, FKA Twigs, Lykke Li

M83 – DSVII [Mute]

From promoter: “ DSVII is influenced heavily by early ‘80s sci-fi/fantasy films including The Never Ending Story, Phantasm and In The Mouth of Madness as well as analog synth pioneers such as the aforementioned Brian Eno in addition to Suzanne Ciani, Mort Garson and John Carpenter.” Label: Mute Start w/ 1, 6, 8, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Beach House, Washed Out, Twin […]

She Past Away – Disko Anksiyete [Metropolis]

Riding the current 80s vaporwave zeitgeist, She Past Away’s dark electronica would be perfect for late-night studying or for making overcast afternoons feel like a missing episode of La Femme Nikita. Driving synth beats meet lengthy, judgmental Casio chords and a depressed baritone. Also: laser noises! Plus, the whole album’s in Turkish. Label: Metropolis Records […]

Rainer Veil – Vanity [Modern Love]

This duo’s debut album is quite possibly the most interesting electronic music you’ll here all month. Again, it’s difficult to categorize what it sounds like, exactly. Lonely fragments of dub and bass music intersect with charred remains of trance. A worthy experiment and a must listen for those glued to the genre. Release Date: 5/9/2019 […]

Suzanne Ciani – Flowers of Evil [Finders Keepers]

Absolutely weird music for the Buchla Synthesiser and voice based on the poem Elevation by Charles Baudelaire. Originally recorded in 1969, it proved too future. The album quickly faded into obscurity, and is being released on vinyl for the first time this July. Frankly, it just isn’t music. Your party guests or pod mates are […]

Dub Trio – The Shape of Dub to Come

Release date: April 26, 2019 Label: New Damage Records Dub Trio is composed of three studio musicians who have released a string of records that redefine the term “dub.” The band started as a dub experiment and each successive album has been heavier and heavier. The Shape of Dub to Come finds the band dipping into the regions […]

Mexico City Blondes – Blush [Burger Records]

What if Portishead made a record in 2019? One can’t help but wonder if this was one of the musical interests Allie Thompson and Greg Doscher bonded over in Santa Barbara, California when they decided to make music together as Mexico City Blondes. Smooth and familiar from start to finish, their debut album on Burger […]

Tim Hecker – Anoyo [Kranky]

More fantastic experimental electronic music from Canadian composer Tim Hecker, featuring a Tokyo gagaku ensemble. An ensemble of this type consists of at least 16 musicians playing only traditional Japanese woodwinds, strings and percussion instruments. It’s 30 minutes of immersive, addictive, and completely unique compositions that perfectly follows Hecker’s last album Konoyo, which also relied […]

Us3r – 1985 [DeepWater]

If you thought 1993 was a good year, take another look at 1985. Back to the Future was the highest grossing movie at the box office, and Chrysler had just turned Grandma’s grocery getter into a menacing torque monster. We had Nintendo, New Coke, the Cold War and lost Route 66. What a time to […]

Clay Beds [Hush Hush]

A couple of electro pop weirdos based out of Tacoma, Washington called “Clay Beds” make their recording debut on Hush Hush Records with thick beats, ambient undertones and washed out vocals. At only six tracks, this cassette only release is densely packed with intricate sound layers spanning R&B, hip hop, dream pop, and rock. It’s […]

Jayda G – Significant Changes [Ninja Tune]

The debut album from Canadian DJ and producer Jayda Guy on Ninja Tune is smooth downtempo dance music for any crowd. Actual orca recordings followed by an arrangement of string instruments on “Orca’s Reprise” is a beautifully sad piece that underscores the artists interest in biology and conservationism. Preserving the natural world is a theme […]

beric. – Irregular In Shape [Hush Hush]

The 6-track debut album from Amsterdam-based electronic producer Tim Roosen is a charming endeavor into atmospheric soundscapes. Meditative at it’s core, this is complex enough for deep listening while maintaining the soft repetition of background music. Own the purple tint tape today for only $5. As to what it all means, Roosen had this to […]