Category RPM

Kutiman (Norman Records) Wachaga in Dub

This is modern psychedelic music at its best. Some farther out than others, this album in Dub definitely combines many genres (jazz, reggae, funk, rpm) and delivers a voyage of an album. Listen to this one late at night with headphones… Try: ALL RIYL: Dj Day, Dudu Tassa, Seven Davis Jr., Alaia, Clutchy Hopkins FCC: […]

Parov Stelar (Le Plan) Voodoo Sonic

Fun, upbeat, whimsical, loungey, raucous, party tunes! House music with a retro feel, taking loops from ragtime and big band jazz makes this a really fun album and could be what your next dance party needs to get to the next level! Try: 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11,  RIYL: Senor Coconut, Balkan Beatbox […]

Aksak Maboul (Crammed Disks) Tous Ko

Going all the way back to 1977, with a 30 year hiatus in there after the early 80s, this Belgian producer is back with a new album. Aksak is the founder of Crammed Disks, an amazing label putting out lots of RPM on the bleeding edge of the genre. The result is a well produced, […]

Sonido Berzerk (Hawaii Bonsai) Raices

Mexican Producer, Sonido Berzerk, delivers a slammin’ 5 track EP on the best record label for Tropical Bass and electronic music with Latin roots. Each track is very well produced and are true treats for the ears; try with headphones for the full experience. Phat bass on every track mixed with traditional hand drums accented […]

Nomad Frequencies (Hawaii Bonsai) Para Nuptial

Slammin’ deep bass tracks with accordion, oboe, mandolin, violin, and other more traditionally thought of instruments. Definitely feels like Cumbia, but also Klezmer/Eastern European vibes with some Saharan flavors as well. Wild stuff that really bumps! Try: ALL RIYL: Balkan Beat Box, Big Bass, Beats Antique, Accordion  FCC: None *TBs Favs

Anchorsong (TruThoughts) Mirage

Delicate electronic tunes with wonderful elements like hand drums, harps, airy synths, chimes, flutes, found sounds and so much more in the many layers of these songs. Headphone music for sure! Some borders on smooth jazz, but doesn’t feel too cheesy; definitely has a Brazilian feel in many places but is also of the world. […]

Keleketla! (Ninja Tune ) Keleketla! Remixes

This is a collective of Soul African Artists and Conduct bringing an incredible mix of tunes rooted in the fight for Papua independence.Very cool electronic music hard to describe or categorize with a singular genre. Mostly instrumental tracks, peppered by spoken word and traditional sounding native chorus. Great drum tracks, big bass, fun effects and […]

Panther Panther! (Hawaii Bonsai) Heal Me

An amazing little EP with super fun dance tunes. These were all done while the artist was in bed healing from an injury and as he was trying to push through all kinds of pain and discomfort. It’s bright, optimistic, dreamy, and free spirited. Lots of really interesting sound effects and layers if you listen […]

Gilligan Moss (Foreign Family Collective) Gilligan Moss

Amazing debut album from NYC Duo. Super fun uplifting dance tracks; this whole album could be your next dance party! You can tell these guys are having so much fun making this music and don’t take themselves too seriously. Try: 1, 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13 RIYL: Chromeo, nuDisco, Sofia Kourtesis, Nimmo, Ela […]

Trigaida (EtherAudio Records) Elate

Slammin’ bass combined with lovely female vocals makes great dance tunes with a powerful emotional feel. Not sure of the language, but the label’s mission is to, “deliver a unique blend of electronic music, traditional Bulgarian folklore and jazz…” which sounds amazing! Really great high energy music with fun traditional instruments adds depth and unique […]

Balkan Taksim (Buda Musique) Disco Telegraf

From their website, “Balkan psych meets bass, breaks and synth electronica with a touch of groove.” Yup, that pretty much sums it up. Very fun danceable tunes blending the spirit of the Balkans with Saharan grooves and the traditional instrumentation of several cultures. Slammin tracks that put a new spin on traditional music! Try: 1, […]

Teno Afrika (Awesome Tapes From Africa) Amapiano Selections

Amapiano music is from South Africa, blending deep house, downtempo, and loungey grooves. This album transcends genre and you must hear it for yourself. This is bass music with a mellow jazzy world feel and soothes the soul. Perfect for getting the party started or transitioning into some late night vibes… very sexy! Try: 3, […]

Bomba Estero (Sony) Agua-

Acclaimed Colombian Electro Tropical & Psychedelic Cumbia sensations bring us a couple fun EPs (Agua & Arire). Beautiful Spanish vocals at just the right time and they don’t take over the songs; in a few styles from hip hop to ballads that test the range to heavy distorted electro fun. Very danceable, upbeat, positive, ass […]

Victoria Rawlins – “Drama”(Single) [s/r]

Summer’s the perfect time for music that heavily evokes the Miami Vice / Michael Mann / neonwave scene. Relaxed and eerie, it’s a little disconcerting that the vocals wait a full two minutes before coming in and are truly difficult to understand, but we appreciate the vibe nonetheless. Available here. FCC: Clean  RIYL: Jan Hammer, […]

THIS BLISS – RETROSHADE [MINT 400]

Hailing from the Boston area, This Bliss brings a mix of rock and atmospheric pop fused into a series of scintillating tracks that explore the boundaries of trip-hop and electronica. Looking for something completely new yet with a throwback feel? Give this one a spin. FCC: None TRY: 1, 4 RIYL: CHVRCHES, Vita and The […]

SULENE – HE.DON.IC (EP) [TRASH CASUAL]

Giant electronic beats and sleepy vocals from Sulene, who grew up in South Africa and moved to the U.S. at age 19. Since then, she’s been busy touring around the world and creating music for TV, film, and commercials. This latest EP explores addiction and pleasure through dark pop motifs. Big FCC warning on this […]

Aspetuck – The Bees Came Back (Self-released) [LOCAL]

Gruff Fulton of Stratton, VT produced his second album of electronic music under the name Aspetuck during the early stages of the pandemic. Layers of synth and echoey guitar wash over minimal beats for a chill experience. Play this while driving at night and your car might just start levitating.  Track Picks: 1, 3, 5 […]

ANE BRUN – WE NEED A MOTHER (SINGLE) [BALLON RANGER]

Dark electronica from Ane Brun on this single. Steady beats are overlayed with Brun’s haunting vocals and ghoulish strings. Give it a listen. FCC: Clean RIYL: Anna Ternheim, Sophie Zelmani, Thomas Dybdahl

COLOR FIELDS – PENDULUM [WONDA MUSIC]

Color Fields float between electro-indie rock, modern pop, EDM and dance on their latest EP. Some sleepy sounds and some more intense ones are combined with infectious pop beats and vocals that are real and raw. Play! FCC: None TRY: 3, 7 RIYL: Indie pop

Cubicolor – Hardly A Day, Hardly A Night [Anjunadeep]

Cubicolor is a three-piece band and self-described “haunting fusion of ideas.” Time is what inspired this record, and at just under an hour in length, it “weaves together themes of loss, hope, and acceptance” according to a recent presser. Soft vocals overlay complex, layered electronics with punchy bass lines that forms an all-around solid electro […]

Tycho – Simulcast [Ninja Tune]

Tuck yourself away safe and sound with the instrumental reworkings of 2019’s Weather by Tycho. This enjoyable companion album for 2020 goes great with a warm cup of tea. It works for dedicated listening, or as background music. There is nothing to complain about, really. No shift in moods. Everything is well here. Namaste. Release […]

Poolside – Low Season [Pacific Standard Records]

The eagerly awaited 3rd album from Los Angeles group Poolside is a welcome trip to the tropics; so warm and wonderful! Collaborations with Ben Browning (Cut Copy) and several members of the Poolside live band deepens the disco vibe on this release. Blissful from start to finish, Low Season is sure to expand someone’s ‘loved […]

Vatican Shadow – Opium Crop Airstrikes EP [Hospital]

Modern geopolitics and an artist known as “Muslimgauze” lend influence to the bizarre Opium Crop Airstrikes EP by American experimentalist Vatican Shadow– also known as Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement, and further known as Prurient. Each of the three tracks is long form, industrial dub-like atmospheric music the artist has described as “Jordanian Descent”. Very unusual. RIYL: […]

Cerrone – DNA [Because Music]

This is 21st century disco music from Cerrone: one of the most influential artists of the original disco-era! Today’s dance music fans may know little of the French DJ, but Cerrone has sold over 30 million albums worldwide, and lays claim to being the most sampled French artist in the history of music. The Avalanches, […]

Lane 8 – Brightest Lights [This Never Happened]

“What’s with all the Lane 8 remixes on this ‘Chill’ Spotify playlist?” a pod mate asked the other day. “Oh, that is because he’s promoting the new album!” someone else responded gleefully. And the buzz didn’t stop there… 4 times over the next week “Just” popped onto SiriusXM Chill in the car. Maybe Daniel Goldstein […]