Electronic-Dance

The Quanta Series (CD)

Syrian-American producer/singer K Á R Y Y N’s compelling Quanta Series brings together several previously-released singles along with newer works. K Á R Y Y N works her way through a number of genres, including dance floor exciters, elegiac meditations and soaring, strange-layered compositions. You’ve got to hear this one to believe it. Experimental and electric, in short, it’s a masterpiece. Few releases you’ll hear this year sound as immediate, powerful and haunting as this gorgeous LP.

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Work (CD)

New York synthpop duo Holy Ghost! have released Work, their first full-length album in six years and the first new record to be released by the legendary disco label West End Records in 30+ years! It’s a pairing that makes perfect sense: Work is a lushly-produced modern take on disco-funk filled with infectious melodies and easy NYC cool. Clocking in at forty-nine minutes, this long-awaited LP keeps the hits coming with song after song of joyous, intricately-constructed synthpop. Along for the ride are Juan Maclean, Nancy Whang, Sinkane, Rob Moose (Arcade Fire, Interpol, David Bowie), and Alex Epton (Neon Indian, David Byrne, Gang Gang Dance).

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A Bath Full Of Ecstasy (CD)

Hot Chip’s A Bath Full of Ecstasy is a warm, danceable slice of electropop with a heartfelt undercurrent of "togetherness and solidarity.” (That’s according to co-founder Joe Goddard and yes, that much-needed positivity is the thread that draws this wonderfully hands-in-the-air album together.) The new LP marks the first time the band has worked with outside producers; they recruited the talents of Rodaidh McDonald (The xx, Sampha) and Philippe Zdar (Phoenix, Beastie Boys, Cassius) who bring new insight and life to Hot Chip’s addictive blend of euphoria-lite. As always, there’s a bit of melancholy just beneath the surface of Hot Chip’s tunes — in a way, A Bath Full of Ecstasy serves as the perfect mirror for our troubled yet hopeful times.

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Flamagra (CD)

Nobody does it like Flying Lotus. After a five year pause between albums, the gifted producer and musician returns with Flamagra and he’s brought quite the star-studded cast of collaborators along. Woven through Lotus’ forward-thinking fusion of free jazz, hip-hop, and electronica come contributions from the likes of Anderson .Paak, George Clinton, David Lynch, Little Dragon, Solange, Tierra Whack, Denzel Curry, Shabazz Palaces, Thundercat, and Toro y Moi. An exhilarating sonic evolution plays out over the course of this epic 27-track LP — fans will enjoy the ride on this cosmic journey.

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