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Best Electronic Albums of 2014 Handpicked by Matt, Jordan & Oliver

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, December 18, 2014 09:05am | Post a Comment

Best Electronic Albums of 2014

Moodymann - Moodymann (Mahogani Music)

Moodymann is a sprawling, psychic journey through KDJ's Detroit State of Mind with the protagonist revealing more about his setting and personality than ever. Like good writing, the length of Moody's tracks (or sentences) fluctuate wildly. The constant sing-speak narrative from KDJ and divergence of styles and tempos makes the record feel like a trip down the dial of a liminal radio. Moody gets an assist from Andres on future classic "Lyk U Used 2," a track that has Kenny ably playing a slightly woozy frontman over upbeat modern soul. The radio effect is amplified by likely and unlikely samples. Jeremy Greenspan appears first on "Have You Ever Been Lonely." Elsewhere, Lana Del Rey and Carl Craig's epic remix of "Delia and Gavin" is used to bear out the album's distinct, schizoid voice. Moody's serpentine 2011 hit "Freeki MF" acts as a recurring riddim before appearing in unadulterated form. KDJ's female counterparts match his idiosyncracies ("Watching U") and he even dabbles in Dennis Coffey-informed guitar psychedelia on "Sloppy Cosmic." The album, as a whole, is a lovesick ode to an unfairly maligned city, seen through the dark glasses of experience.

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Handsome Club's favorite electronic albums of 2012

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, December 27, 2012 05:46pm | Post a Comment


Vedomir

Vedomir
Dekmantel

Mikhaylo Vityk released a slew of records under his Vakula moniker this year, but the album released by Dekmantel by his Vedomir guise really stood out. Slow burning, haunting shit from the Ukrainian producer.

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Robert Hood
Motor: Nighttime III
Music Man

Raw minimal rhythmic funk music.

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Voices From The Lake

Voices From The Lake
Prologue

Collaboration between the Italian duo of Donato Dozzy & Neel, beautifully crafted atmospheric techno album.

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New 12"s @ Amoeba Hollywood, 7/27 - New Terre Thaemlitz, Juju & Jordash, Joy Orbison, Pepe Bradock, and B-Tracks

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, July 27, 2012 06:17pm | Post a Comment

Terre Thaemlitz
Soulnessless 12"
Comatonse Recordings

Eagerly-anticipated first installment of two EPs in support of Terre Thaemlitz's convention-transgressing, 32-hour microSD card album Soulnessless. The EP features two extended reworks from Thaemlitz under his K-S.H.E moniker, clocking in at almost half an hour. Plush, puckered deep house minimalism from one of the finest operators in the field. Cut at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin and limited to 500 copies

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Juju & Jordash
Jewsex 12”
Golf Channel

A pounding Italo/EBM influenced club epic. Atmospheric and moody but still aimed at the dancefloor. Like JOHN CARPENTER's soundtrack synth music mixed with GIORGIO MORODER. 3 mixes: "JEWSEX", "CLUBSEX" and "DUBSEX". Awesome!

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New 12"s @ Amoeba Hollywood - Morphosis, Palisade, Holger Czukay, Tin Man, Brawther, Linkwood, Floating Points, Dial, Juju & Jordash & more

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, May 13, 2011 04:34pm | Post a Comment
Morphosis
What Have We Learned
Delsin

This full-length from techno tastemakers Delsin is co-released by the man who made it, Morphosis aka Ra.H aka Rabih Beaini, on his own Morphine Records, as well as by close associate M>O>S. Beaini has been crafting away in the nether-regions of the techno underworld since the '90s. Initially as a DJ, it was a move to Italy in 1996 which proved the catalyst for him to start experimenting in the studio. And he really did experiment: few people craft the sort of emotional, imaginative techno as has Beaini for labels like M>O>S and Morphine Records. Keen followers of techno will already have heard some of the offerings from this album, as both "Androids Among Us" and "Dirty Matter" were remixed by T++ and Newworldaquarium for a limited edition white label. The excitement surrounding that release was palpable enough, but get lost in a full-length Morphosis experience and you enter a whole new world of techno excellence. Kicking off with the Redshape-channeling, misty, slo-techno march and buried percussive clatter of "Silent Screamer," the album builds through a plethora of grainy landscapes. They're sometimes dense with a dusty static, sometimes lit up by a female vocal or occasionally paired with a round house kick, but always sound rooted in some real (albeit far off and desolate) world. The hum and buzz of Beaini's bottom-ends have instruments and synths spiraling round as the only reference points in an otherwise engulfing sonic fog. Churning the listener round and round with his confident, assertive grooves, Morphosis' dark and long house and techno fusions explore -- like few others can -- engaging new ground with their every subtle turn. Influences range from Krautrock via new wave but, importantly, all are digested by Morphosis before being re-imagined as something wholly fresh and original which, in turn, stands up well to both dancefloor deployment and intense home listening. What have we leaned? That house and techno still have a lot to offer thanks to the likes of Morphosis.