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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 […]

Sound – Betty Moon (Evolver Music)

Classic electro-pop remixes of a classic sub-par pop song. Nothing to sneeze at but not something I would listen to in my spare time. RIYL Famba, Zash, or whatever.

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 […]

Zavala-Fantasmas

Fantasmas is an album Zavala. The music is upbeat rooted in Chicago House but also has elements of Techno, Hip Hop, and UK Grime. It’s got a good groove that’s gets you moving. Tracks: All Good

Table Syndicate-Game Of Life

Game of Life is an album from Table Syndicate. The album mixes elements of Downtempo with Hip Hop and Techno and features didgeridoo Joseph B Carringer. The music has a similar vibe to Thievery Corp. or Underworld. Worth a listen. Disc 1: Tracks: 2,3,5,7 Disc 2: Tracks: 1,4,5,6

Soulwax-FROM DEEWEE

FROM DEEWEE is the latest work from the group Soulwax. The album was recorded live and in one take and has a retro vibe to it. It sounds a bit like Kraftwerk and a little bit like Simian Mobile Disco with a strong drum machine aspect. Overall a pretty solid album with a nice retro […]

Midnight Pool Party-Dalliance

Sydney producers Midnight Pool Party’s debut about is titled Dalliance. The music has a groovy, funky Disco Dance vibe that’s very upbeat, fun and bubbly. RIYD: Kraak and Smaak, RUFUS DU SOL Tracks: All Good

Lou Canon-Suspicious

Suspicious is the latest work from Toronto based artist Lou Canon. The music is a mix of Downtempo, Dark Electro R&B and Atmospheric Bass Music. Canon’s vocals are slinky and sensual but also have an almost menacing vibe to them at times. The tracks are full of emotion and darkness but have a beauty to […]

Goetic-Abysma

Goetic a.k.a. Will Wiesenfield of Baths has made an album titled Abysma. The album has a mellow, pleasant Ambient Dance vibe to similar to Tycho and has been described as being made for “at home listening”. The music does have a laid back Sunday morning, third cup of coffee vibe to it and is a […]

Fenix-All Around The World

All Around The World is a single from artist Fenix. The original edit has a straight forward EDM sound and the remixes have a Techno/House vibe to them. Tracks: All Good

Mint Trip-Books

Mint Trip’s album Books mixes Indie Rock and Dream Pop and has a lush beauty with dreamy vocals. RIYD: Chairlift, Austra Tracks: 1,2,5

The Anix-The Ephemeral

The Ephemeral is the latest from the group The Anix. The group was influenced by Depeche Mode’s heavier live set of the Violator tour and you can definitely hear DM’s influence here. The music has a mix of New Wave, Pop, and Dance Industrial producing a sound that is gritty but dance floor friendly. RIYD: […]

Shelf Nunny-Wishful Thinking

Hush Hush artist Shelf Nunny’s Wishful Thinking album has been remixed. The remixes have a Downtempo vibe them and most have that “dreamy yet upbeat” Seattle Downtempo sound. RIYD: Tycho, IG88, Hobbess Tracks: All Good

Badmixday-A Quiet Mind Awaits

A Quiet Mind Awaits is an album from 22 year old Turkish artist Badmixday. The music has a dreamy Ambient Dance vibe to it and has elements of Downtempo, Jazz, and Trip Hop. Very smooth yet upbeat, a good album to unwind to. Tracks: 1,2,5,7,8

Cri-Someone Else

Someone Else is the latest ep from Montreal artist Cri. The music definitely has that “Montreal House” sound which is upbeat and dreamy with elements of Synth Dance and Ambient Dance and feels fresh and metropolitan. RIYD: Tycho, Bonobo, Tourist Tracks: All Good

Bloody Mary-No Feeling Is Final

No Feeling is Final is a three track Ep from Bloody Mary. The track contains the track No Feeling is Final plus two versions of the track Knockout. The music has a hypnotic Deep House vibe that gets you moving and grooving. RIYD: Ben Kaczor, Plastikman Tracks: 1,2

Ben Kaczor-Mind Fiction

Mind Fiction is a three track ep from Ben Kaczor. The music has a steady, pounding Minimal Techno vibe that’s hard to resist. Best heard with good headphones. RIYD: Plastikman Tracks: All Good

HEALTH-DISCO3

DISCO3 is HEALTH latest and third remix album. The music has a fairly dark and experimental streak to it put still has a Pop element to it. It’s definitely different from your usual Pop and quite honestly it’s a little jarring and annoying to listen to. Tracks: 4,8

Max Cooper-Emergence

Max Cooper’s second album is titled Emergence. The album has an Ambient Dance vibe to it giving it that “upbeat yet dreamy” sound. A solid sophomore effort. Label: RIYD: Jon Hopkins, Throwing Snow Tracks: 4,6,7,10

The Juan MacLean-Can You Ever Really Know Somebody

Can You Ever Really Know Somebody is a single from The Juan MacLean. The original edit has a Deep House vibe that’s full of bounce and of course is anchored by Nancy Whang’s deadpan yet sensual vocals. The remixes have a similar feel but with a little more Techno grit. You can’t go wrong with […]

Pick A Piper-Distance

Pick A Piper’s latest album is titled Distance. The album has a Downtempo Dance vibe to it, dreamy yet upbeat. The artist often tours with Caribou to give you an idea of what he sounds like. RIYD: Caribou, Gold Panda, Four Tet Tracks: All Good

Nathan Fake-Providence

Providence is Nathan Fake Latest work. The music has a frenetic IDM sound with similar to Clark with some hints of Boards of Canada or Orbital. Not bad overall but it doesn’t really stand out, solid though. RIYD: Clark, Fhloston Paradigm, Boards of Canada, Orbital Tracks: 4,5,6,11

Kraak & Smaak-Stumble

Stumble is a single from Dutch trio Kraak and Smaak. The disc contains the original edit plus three remixes. The original edit has more of a mellow dance vibe than their usual high energy Disco Dance and the remixes have a similar slow dance R&B vibe. Very smooth and sexy. Tracks: All Good