Noise Vs. Beauty (CD)

Album ten from prolific and eclectic electronic music producer spans, as you might expect, dubstep, trap, IDM, bubblegum glitch, sampledelic hip hop, anthemic festival fistpumping EDM, etc. Each Bassnectar album gets a little more shiny and a little more diverse as Lorin Ashton spends more time refining his day-glo showmanship on the road, absorbing more textures and hearing new sounds to be incorporated into his neon gumbo. On the topic of this latest album he says it's "a 15 song journey which spans the spectrum of music from hardcore noise hysteria to lush, ethereal beauty - and many points in between. I collaborated with over 50 different human beings on this collection, and it is without a doubt my favorite album to date!"

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Reality Testing (CD)

Shimmering electronic beatiness courtesy of the Nottingham-based producer Matt Cutler. An exceptional craftsman, Cutler's lush excursions into nu-rave and garage helped him make a name as one of the most detail-oriented beauty-dealers in contemporary electronic music. Now, he has returned, two years down the line from his exquisite Galaxy Garden with a record more steeped in the chunky rhythms of American hip-hop and its crossovers with early Detroit and Chicago techno sounds. While the hip-hop often appears as soul-orchestral sampledelia or Chicago-housey jazz-piano stabs, Cutler's concern goes beyond mere texture or settling for a clean genre imitation. Never one to shy from melody, these songs are laced with Blade Runner synth-leads bouncing and swerving like a light-cycle or a particularly excellent screensaver. Every song on the album is packed with beautiful details, far away voices, momentary percussive rattles, odd filters at just the right time. Potentially less clubby than previous releases but still packed with enough bangers to please the heads on the dance floor.

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N.O.W. Is The Time (CD)

Chances are, whether you know it or not, George Evelyn aka Nightmares on Wax has made some sort of impact on your life as a music listener. The pioneering DJ, producer, and instrumentalist has spent at least the last 25 years twiddling knobs on songs that could fill up an entire record store, bridging genres in service of an ultimate groove, a preposterously tasteful aesthetic made of equal parts deep sampling, live hip-hop, and even lush live band soul and R&B with a full string section. N.O.W. Is The Time is his longtime label's tribute to his legacy, a massive Best Of collection encompassing his forays into acid-house, twisted down-tempo dubbiness, pure hip hop, essential trip hop, laid back soul, and electronic experimentalism. Packed with unreleased material, inarguable classics, and brand new remixes, the set also comes with a book filled with interviews and photos, covering the history of Evelyn's activity as Nightmares On Wax. Essential!

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