Category RPM

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

Christian Kleine – Electronic Music From The Lost World 1998-2001 [ASIP]

It’s unclear if the music was actually composed between 1998 – 2001, or if German producer Christian Kliene was simply inspired by that era of electronic music.  Regardless, Electronic Music From sounds as serene as the Alps of South Germany, where Kliene was born and raised. It wanders around ambient, trip hop, drum n’ bass, […]

George FitzGerald – All That Must Be [Domino]

Following a deal with indie label Domino after his debut Fading Love on Double Six Records, the English electronic musician relished the idea that he wouldn’t become a “massive disappointment.” Thankfully, he won’t be eating those words following the release of All That Must Be. Here is an album to warm up the dance floor, […]

Dabrye Box Set [Ghostly International]

Seventeen years in the making, this 4 album box set includes Dabrye’s One/Three (2001), Two/Three (2006), Three/Three (2018) and Instrmntl. Experience Dabrye’s vision in full — a marriage between hip-hop and electronic music that redefined a style, exploded a genre, and helped spawn a new generation of musicians looking to take it even further. Absolute gold. […]

Chaines – The King [Slip]

You have to wonder when someone describes an album, or anything for that matter, as simply “interesting.” And what we have here from Mancheser U.K. based artist Chaines is very interesting. No off-the-shelf hits or instant bangers, but rather a masterful orchestration of unrelated elements. Pulses of techno, ambient tapestries, sparkling vocal samples, dropped pianos, […]

Various Artists (Galletas Callientes) Galletas Calientes Compilation 1

3 albums from this incredible World/Tropical Bass Label. Dragao is darker electronic with great bass and cumbia roots, with some great female accompaniment from Nidia Gongora. Ghetto Kumbe gives us 4 slammin’ tunes with more of an edge, but sill features great traditional percussion and Amazonian roots. The last two tracks are more traditional and […]

Various Artists (Hawaii Bonsai) Cumbia Amazonica

Another AMAZING release from Hawaii Bonsai featuring the best new Tropical Bass tunes in the world! Slammin’ dance tunes with creative instrumentation all with a Cumbia backbone. Try: 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 15, 17 RIYL: Tropical Bass music, Cumbia Moderno, Nicodemus FCC: Clean *TB Favs

Various Artists (Hawaii Bonsai Records) Hawaii Bonsai Sampler 1&2

Disk 1 is more RPM and Dub, while Disk 2 is modern Cumbia/Latin with heavy bass. Everything this record label puts out is AMAZING! RIYL: Bonobo, Gold Panda, Dj Cheb I Sabbah, Nicodemus, Cumbia moderna, bass music  *TB Favs

Various Artists (Hawaii Bonsai Records) Raja Sound an India Bass Compilation-

Slammin’ beats mixed with traditional instruments and vocals – Every track is on fire! Try:2,3,4,7,10,11. RIYL: Karsh Kale, Dj Cheb I Sabbah, DjYoga  *TB Favs

Poppy – “Poppy.Computer” (Mad Decent) [Review]

Avant-Garde bubblegum pop. Fun, catchy and creative. RIYL: J-Pop PLAY: All songs are good, but especially 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Kölsch – 1989 (Kompakt)

When only the purest techno house will satisfy your cravings, choose Kölsch. 1989 is the final album in an autobiographical trilogy of LPs on Kompakt, described as “an exploration of the Danish producer’s difficult early teenage years.” Tracks like “Liath” and “Khairo” are richly layered by The Heritage Orchestra to become serenely hypnotic. It’s Grade A […]

Four Tet – New Energy (TEXT)

Veteran instrumentalist, composer and general legend in the world of electronic music, Four Tet, has released his 15th album New Energy on his own label TEXT.  How this guy continues to evolve and innovate after fifteen albums is a testament to his genius. So how does new Four Tet sound? Kind of like the old Four […]

Juju & Jordash – Sis-Boom-Bah! (Dekmantel)

From the Netherlands with regards come Juju and Jordash with their pleasantly surprising 5th album Sis-Boom-Bah! Club hits you’d expert to hear from a House duo like this are no where to be found on this album. It’s all about spacey techno and abstract compositions– suited more for a relaxing afternoon than a dance floor. The change […]

Shigeto – The New Monday (Ghostly International)

How often can we judge an album by its’ cover? Mysterious. Familiar. Static. Change. Do these words evoke a particular place or musical genre? For Zach Saginaw’s third full length album The New Monday, it’s all about his hometown of Detroit. Jazz, techno, house, hip hop… a collage of the City’s musical culture glued for […]

Mount Kimbie – Love What Survives (Warp)

Place a track from Mount Kimbie’s 3rd full-length, like “Audition”, next to something from their 2011 debut, such as “Carbonated”, and you’d be surprised to learn it’s by the same group. From post-dubstep beat music to something ostensibly more 80’s new wave, and much less like electronic music in general, one wonders if Mount Kimbie […]

ODESZA – A Moment Apart (Counter)

More of the same from Odesza, but it’s sure to ignite their fan base regardless. “A Moment Apart”, the third full length album from the Seattle based electronic duo, features the same distorted EDM and chopped-up House that’s made them who they are. Incessant head bangers like “Late Night” and “La Cuidad” nearly make up […]

Crywolf – Skeletons EP [Okami Records]

EDM crowd pleaser Justin Phillips aka Crywolf is back with this 9 track EP on Okami Records, and there is a lot to love here. Vulnerably mellow tracks like “Weight” and “Silk”, alongside the passionate vocals heard on “Fuse”, are great counter points to the progressive drops of “Lemniscate”. This is one for the slow […]

David D’Anglo-Born In Paradise

Born In Paradise is an album from David D’Angelo. The music is a mix of Electro R&B, Jazz, Hip Hop sensibilities surrounded by Ambient soundscapes. A very smooth debut album. RIYD: DJ Frane, Taylor McFerrin Tracks: All Good

Moon Boots-First Landing

Debut album from artist, Moon Boots, is titled First Landing. The music is mostly Electro R&B with some tracks having more of a Deep House feel. Several guest artists appear including King Kona, Antony and Cleopatra. Overall a pretty solid and smooth debut. RIYD: Disclosure, RUFUS DU SOL Tracks: All Good

Maya Jane Coles-Take Flight

Maya Jane Coles has released her second album, titled Take Flight. It’s an adventurous endeavor, twenty four songs, very ambitious for a sophomore album. The music mixes Trip Hop, Post-Dubstep, dialed down Deep House and Downtempo. The tracks have a solid sound to them but are a little one dimensional. After hearing the first couple […]