Electronic-Dance

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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Autobiography (CD)

Electronic producer Jlin, fresh off her acclaimed Black Origami album, provides this innovative soundscape for choreographer Wayne McGregor's show, Autobiography, in which the dances were calculated by his DNA sequence. Jlin's score captures the emotions of each section, dealing with themes such as aging, memory, and sleep. The spastic, stuttering “Abyss of Doubt,” for example, with its sampled dialogue, accurately embodies the title and mood.

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Collapse (CD)

The latest from Richard D. James is dark, intense, and addictive. The Collapse EP is an instant classic in Aphex Twin's prolific, stellar career, featuring all the distorted beats, propulsive drums, and woozy instrumentals fans expect to encounter. This one's a little bit woozier, though, a bit more disconcerting in a sleek, seductive, spacey way. Guaranteed to scratch your itch for smart, weird, slightly wild IDM.

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Nothing Is Still (CD)

The buildups, breakdowns, and four-on-the-floor thump are mostly gone this time around, but Vynehall’s latest still possesses the DNA of house music. His use of a strings and horns is especially captivating, and shows more versatility than we could’ve reasonably expected.

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Reflective (Part 3) (CD)

Lorin Ashton, aka Bassnectar, is back with the latest eagerly awaited installment of his Reflective series, which focuses on collaborations with other EDM DJs and producers. This time around Ashton's creative partners include UK producer Conrank on the spacey "Easy Does It," L.A. based duo Vindata with the lyrical flow of "The Mothership," and Denver's Jantsen Roberton on the already-a-crowd-favorite banger "Heavyweight" featuring the gritty flow of UK grime artist RD. Remixes of Rusko's anthemic "High" and Ashton's own side project Naux Faux's effervescent "Enchanted" cap off another satisfying addition to the series.

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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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