Electronic-Dance

Safe In The Hands Of Love (CD)

Yves Tumor’s first LP for Warp Records is monumental. Safe in the Hands of Love expands on his earlier inclinations; it’s bigger, bolder, lusher, and lovelier. Yves Tumor is never one to shy away from his most experimental urges and although there’s more of a “traditional” song structure here than previously, the artist’s roots in noise and ambient make for some surprising twists and turns in what’s definitely one of the weirder entries into the realm of slowed down, spaced out sad R&B. Some of the underground’s finest experimental/noise artists make contributions here: Puce Mary and Oxhy show up on the bristling “Hope in Suffering (Escaping Oblivion & Overcoming Powerlessness)” and Croation Amor adds an unsettling beauty to “Economy of Freedom.”

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Vital Idol: Revitalized (CD)

Over 30 years after the remix album Vital Idol was released, comes this compilation of brand-new remixes of Billy's classic hits and some lesser known gems features Moby, Crystal Method, Paul Oakenfold, RAC, Cray, and more.

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No Sounds Are Out Of Bounds (CD)

Pioneering English outfit The Orb return with the eclectic, exciting No Sounds Are Out Of Bounds, a fitting title for this joyfully genre-bending album. “Rush Hill Road” is an instant classic, featuring the vocal talents of Hollie Cook while “Wolfbane" is soulful and sultry. Also along for the ride: Jah Wobble, Youth, Guy Pratt, Gaudi, and Roger Eno. These tracks were meant to be turned up loud and it doesn’t take a lot of imagination to see these songs in their proper context: at a summer music festival somewhere in the British countryside, the audience with their hands in the air, singing along to every word, loving life.

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Silver Eye (LP)

Goldfrapp’s Silver Eye is a refreshing return to the icy cool, ‘80s inspired synth pop sound the duo perfected on Supernature and Black Cherry. The record is cinematic, glamorous, and darkly romantic — in short, it’s everything you want a Goldfrapp record to be. “Anymore” is a propulsive paean to love and lust, “Systemagic” fits right into the currently ultra cool industrial scene, and “Ocean” is a sweeping, introspective, and haunting closer. Listeners will want to get lost in this moody disco dream.

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Iteration (CD)

After a six year wait, Com Truise is back with Iteration, a lush, funk-inflected odyssey into electro. Cinematic in scope, the album draws inspiration from the synth-filled soundtracks of the 1980s; listening is a transportive experience to a world of city nights, black leather, and neon lights. Make no mistake — Iteration is a toe-tapper, a definite dancefloor-filler, but this smart, emotive album is also pretty moving. Atmosphere is all here, and there’s a real sense of feeling beneath the hypnotic rhythms, technicolor melodies, and pulsating synths. If you dig evocative, dark dance music, this moody LP sets the scene.

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