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The Best Albums of 2014 So Far

Posted by Billy Gil, June 27, 2014 04:54pm | Post a Comment

sun kil moon mark kozelekmadlibst. vincentIt is now almost exactly halfway through 2014! It’s time to look back on the last six months and see what’s it’s had to offer music-wise. There’s already been a bunch of great records released this year, including a couple of excellent ones released just this week. If you haven’t checked these out, they’re all worth getting—pick ’em all up and catch up on what you’ve been missing.

Sun Kil Moon Benji

sun kil moon benji lpSome people write memoirs. Sun Kil Moon’s Mark Kozelek write songs crammed with details, from a brutal story about a distant cousin’s death by a freak fire to mundane details about Panera bread and sports bar shit on the walls, that somehow come together to form something called a life. Just when you feel like the songs are too stuffed to keep up, Kozelek will let his breathy “sadcore” folk open up and focus on a seemingly trivial line like “blue crab cakes” in the song “Ben's My Friend,” and in doing so perfectly captures the weird things that stick out in our heads when we reflect. Simply put, listening is like attending a master class in songwriting.

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Album Picks: De Lux, EMA, OFF!, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, The Mary Onettes

Posted by Billy Gil, April 8, 2014 08:01am | Post a Comment

De LuxVoyage (LP or CD)

de lux lp amoebaThere’s been a hole in our hearts lately where dance-rock bands of yore used to reside. De Lux fill that hole admirably with immediate, expansive dance rockers that aren’t short on detail or hooks. “Better at Making Time” opens the album subtly, letting its disco bass groove enter four minutes in after giving Sean Guerin’s David Byrne-ish vocals a chance to sink in. “Movements” is a true groover, made up of a bunch of interlocking parts—a simple-yet-effective bassline and guitar lick in lockstep, washy synths and chiming bells—while Guerin’s vocals get wilder and wilder. The duo of multi-instrumentalists Guerin and Isaac Franco let each song breathe and unfold at its own speed, giving it a couple minutes in “I’ve Got to Make a Solid Statement (No More Likes & Ums)” before singing a word so we that Stevie Wonder-style clavinet and spacey effects can soak in. Of course, when they get to it, as on the superb “Love Is a Phase,” the result is a space-disco opus that leaves you head over heels for the band. Though Voyage is stuffed with cool references, they never feel forced or overdone. It feels as though the young band has digested decades of smart party jams and picked the choices parts to make their own thing—though you could compare them to LCD Soundsystem or The Rapture, for instance, on songs like “Make Space,” most of the time De Lux never sound imitative of those bands, as tunes like the interstellar “On the Day” stand completely on their own. It makes Voyage all the more pleasurable, and not at all in a guilty way. Smart disco-punk that makes us dance while satisfying our inner music-snobs? We’ll take it and more, please.

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Jordan's highly subjective, in-no-particular order, top 10 (or 11) electronica releases that made the world a better place in 2012.

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, December 27, 2012 12:35pm | Post a Comment


Paranoid London
Paris Dub 1
Paranoid London Records

Not all hardware acid jams are created equal. The vocals by Paris Brightledge (best remembered for "It's All Right," with Sterling Void) put this one over the top.

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Fudge Fingas
Mass X
Firecracker Recordings

Russian producer Vakula released a large quantity of stunning music in 2012, not least of which was his sparkling, dubbed-out version of this Fudge Fingas tune- and the Juju & Jordash remix on the flip ain't bad either.

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Petar Dundov
Ideas From The Pond
Music Man Records

A pristinely produced album fusing Dundov's melodic techno with an updated take on the sounds pioneered by the likes of Tangerine Dream.

Purchase Ideas From The Pond

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New 12" Releases @ Amoeba Hollywood 4/15 - Appleblim, Todd Terje, Instra:mental, ERP, Applehead & More

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, April 15, 2011 04:56pm | Post a Comment


Appleblim & October
NY Fizzzzz
Schmorgasbord Records

New label SCHMORGASBORD aims to bring together 2 artists from 2 different rhythmic disciplines, 4/4 and dubstep/garage/hip hop, for each release. The first result is the minimal 4/4 drum machine workout, while "FOUNTAINS OF PARADISE" is a haunting, lethargic dubstep track.

Purchase - Appleblim & October - NY Fizzzz here




Todd Terje
Ragysh
Running Back

RUNNING BACK's streak of fresh releases continues with TODD TERJE providing 3 new original productions! The title track is hypnotic tune with a big arpeggiated bass. "SNOOZE 4 LOVE" opens the flip with its synth'd out melodies and groovin rhythm. "BONYSH" ends the EP with a nice DJ tool. Tip!

Purchase Todd Terje - Ragysh here





Instra:mental
Resolution 653
Nonplus

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New Electronic 12" Releases 10/19 @ Amoeba Hollywood - Swayzak, Donato Dozzy, Jamie Woon, Nebraska, Rick Wilhite, Fritz Kalkbrenner & more

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, October 21, 2010 03:31pm | Post a Comment

SWAYZAK VS. GRETA COTTAGE WORKSHOP
Workshop Split EP 12"
Greta Cottage Workshop

"Two mixes not available digitally. Pressed on 180 gram vinyl, poly lined sleeves, hand stamped labels by the artist. Limited edition of 350 copies... to prove a point, that vinyl is still worth making and is still desirable whether you got a turntable or not! Bored with the dull digital downloads of today's so called dance music scene, Swayzak & Greta Cottage Workshop bring you a 100% vinyl only release. This is the first release on vinyl for GCW and we hope to continue the series. It seems DJs only want to play what they get for free these days and this baby they have to pay for(!), so don't expect it in too many charts. Positive feedback from Michael Mayer, Damien lazarus, Patrice Baumel and Eddie Richards, to name a few. A seriously underground release from the always alternative thinkers Swayzak."

LIsten to "Seriecultur" here:



JAMIE WOON

NIGHT AIR (RAMADANMAN RX) 12"
Candent Songs

The original on the A-side is a downtempo gem of blue-eyed soul co-produced by BURIAL. On the flip the remix comes from dubstep/techno crossover don RAMADANMAN, who adds a subtle overlay of intricate percussion.

Listen to Ramadanman remix here:



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