Electronic-Dance

Do You Need A Release? (CD)

The post-disco electronic grooves of LA’s De Lux would be fitting on the dance floor of a nightclub or in an ‘80s crime thriller. This is no retro rehash - the duo of Sean Guerin and Isaac Franco have taken those elements of the past, woven in complex melodies and vocal harmonies and stylishly reassembled it into a new New Wave of contemporary music.

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kick iiii (CD)

In Arca’s Kick i-iiiii series, she draws on club music, experimental noise, performance art, and the ballad tradition of her native Venezuela. Each Kick installment is its own boundary-pushing sound exploration, paired with strikingly futuristic cover art. From the sparkling “Born Yesterday” with Sia on Kick ii to the gentle, elegant “Estrogen” on Kick iiiii to the industrial-meets-reggaeton “Riquiquí” on Kick i to the spastic, surreal “Skullqueen” on Kick iii, it’s clear that Arca has invented her own, truly otherworldly sound.

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Lexicon (CD)

If you’re itching for new music from the digital realms of Aphex Twin or Squarepusher, look no further than Lynyn. Lexicon is Chicago-based artist Conor Mackey’s debut electronic album under the moniker, although the multi-talented musician has also served as guitarist/composer in jazz fusion quintet Monobody and as a composer for both the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra and Brain.fm. With Lynyn, Mackey fuses elements of footwork, hip-hop, dub, break beats, IDM, and drum & bass to create an intense yet pleasurable listening experience that ranges from the blissful to the unnerving. This is the kind of smart, engaging electronic release fans have been longing for and with Lexicon, Lynyn is speaking their language.

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Spell 31 (CD)

Ibeyi’s Spell 31 is vibrant, urgent, and (yes) spellbinding. The French Afro-Cuban twin singers Lisa-Kainde and Naomi Diaz possess lovely, dexterous voices that seamlessly shift from otherworldly highs to earthbound lows. The music itself pulls from such a vast array of influences that it feels like the duo has crafted a genre all their own: futuristic, globally-influenced, percussion-driven, experimental soul. This is a gorgeous, powerful release that you need to hear for yourself so you can understand why artists like Beyonce, Angelique Kidjo, and Erykah Badu count themselves as fans.

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