Post Tagged with: "Pop"

Tendts :: It’s Everything (Lower Parts)

Hailed in the pressed release as “brothers that make music you can dance to, or not,” this pair have managed to create an invigorating LP, one brimming with interesting ideas and an overarching sense of fun. There’s enough time given over to the black t-shirted techno brigade, what about giving some over to this multi-colored […]

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Geotic :: Abysma (Ghostly International)

There’s never a dull moment on Abysma, and casting it as “passive listening” does it a bit of a disservice, in fairness. It’s a magical work, and a perfect soundtrack to all those hours spent at home during the transition from frosty spring into the glowing summer months. One of the refreshing things about Will […]

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Lusine :: Sensorimotor (Ghostly International)

The whimsical mix of avant-garde pop and playful electronic listening music should not be confused with it being frivolous or lightweight, however, as McIlwain’s ingenious, hyper-modern sound design and arrangements are still present in spades. It’s been four years since Jeff McIlwain’s last album The Waiting Room, but the long overdue appointment has finally been […]

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Björk Digital :: VR Exhibition @ Somerset House, London (Sept-1—Oct-23, 2016)

Björk Digital, VR Exhibition @ Somerset House, London (Sept-1—Oct-23, 2016). Björk Digital—a touring exhibition showcasing the on-going development of turning Vulnicura into an entire album of interactive Virtual Reality “videos,” which has now reached its first European stop at London’s esteemed Somerset House after earlier incarnations in Sydney and Tokyo a few months back. Every five-ish […]

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Benjamin Finger :: 9,5 EP (Sellout! Music)

9,5 manages to encapsulate an oddly pleasant space outside of its comfort zone and entangles itself in a brisk experimental-pop 3-pack. Sometimes you’ve got to go a little out of your comfort zone. (Frank) Benjamin Finger, known for his cross-platform approach to music, film and photographer, has etched out a new 3-track EP for Sellout! Music that does […]

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Jeffrey Wentworth Stevens :: The [Gold Mixtape] (Self-Released)

The [Gold Mixtape] breezes by with its punchy exp-electronic reflections and genre-crossing that somehow just works. A focused collaborative vocal effort coming from multi-talented, Denver-based Jeffrey Wentworth Stevens. Always one to construct and deconstruct a myriad of soundwaves, JWS doesn’t settle for just one genre. The vocal tint on The [Gold Mixtape]—inspired by DJ Charlie Buckett’s […]

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Visonia / Synth Alien :: Opal’s Sunflowers / Memories (Last Known Trajectory)

The disco currents of past releases have been sidelined, a more mature and developed sound taking its place. In a strange coincidence, the latest two musicians to appear on Last Known Trajectory played in Madrid at the end of January. That might not seem too weird until you take a few factors into account. Ok, […]

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Choir Of Young Believers :: Grasque (Ghostly International)

One thing Grasque most definitely isn’t is immediate, but it’s so deliciously different, referential and fresh that it rewards repeated listens in spades. I’ll wager you won’t find a more inventive, infectious and all-out blissful pop record this side of Pet Shop Boys’ forthcoming Super in 2016. If you’ve come across Choir of Young Believers […]

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The Silicon Scientist :: Outside the Night (Anna Logue)

Anna Logue released one of the year’s best synth-pop albums in 2014 with Twins Natalia’s spellbinding The Destiny Room and with the late 2015 release of Outside the Night they’ve done it again. If you long to add more retro to your catalog, allow The Silicon Scientist to join the ranks of your favorite artists […]

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Beyond the Club and Queues :: Clasicos Del Ruido (interview and mix)

Forget the club, forget the hype and the supposed scene. A podcast of quality made by a label boss seeking out quality. I was on a flight to Denmark recently. The inflight magazine featured a small article on a set of prints that a Spanish visual artist produced. The content: famous nightclubs of the world. […]

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Stefan Jós :: Things You Left Behind (raum)

A perfectly weighted and clinical sound straddling both dance floor and home listening territory. Tokyo’s flau brings us brand new label goodness in the form of raum—an imprint specializing in limited edition 12″s and they’ve certainly pulled out the stops for the debut release. In typical style, flau cast their net worldwide —taking in talent […]

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Björk :: Vulnicura (One Little Indian)

Through sheer bloody determination to push through, Björk has, possibly, maybe, crafted her finest hour as a composer & producer, and the most vital album of her career—managing to take both the destructive and healing powers of time and turn them in something utterly timeless, as only she can. A lot can happen in 20 […]

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Eno Hyde :: High Life (Warp)

High Life works because it disposes with the guest spots and instead gets to the good stuff: Eno and Hyde’s minds. For people that have put out two albums in a row, Brian Eno and Karl Hyde don’t sound too tired. In fact, their second album High Life shows two artists at the top of […]

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Verslo Rizikos Rezervas :: Nebelipk (Bordello A Parigi)

New Wave retrospection is at the core, Modern Romantics with an Eastern European tongue. My knowledge of Lithuania is pretty limited. I know the capital, Vilnius but that’s more because I have a bit of an unhealthy obsession with world capitals. I also know it was part of the ex-soviet block, and that Ireland have […]

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Jennifer Touch :: Jennifer Touch EP (Lunatic)

New Wave and Synth Pop are immediate influences, but there’s a cold Electro seam running through the 12”. Leipzig’s Lunatic opened its vinyl doors last year with Uncanny Valley’s Cvbox. The German imprint, born from the club night of the same name, is extending its reach with a new EP and artist. Jennifer Touch, aka […]

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Neud :: Play (Bordello A Parigi)

Moments from the past melt with a smoke filled lounge music for a chic and stylish début. Neud are a new international group. New York and Zagreb are the stomping grounds of threesome of Nico Nightingale (Neud Photo), Iva Viskovic and Pierre Klein. The triumvirate are debuting on Bordello A Parigi with the five tracker […]

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Worm Is Green :: To them we are only shadows (ata:digital)

An album of contradiction, of past and present influences at odds with each other. An album demonstrating electronica of the past five years meeting vocal sensibilities of the five before that and an aesthetic hopelessly grounded in a tiny, gorgeous rock planted in the North Atlantic. It’s a Thursday evening/Friday morning and I’m on a […]

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Twins Natalia :: The Destiny Room (Anna Logue)

Twins Natalia‘s debut album The Destiny Room delivers an astonishing collection of authentic and truly nostalgic eighties electro pop. To say that there has been a huge eighties revival in the last few years might be something of an overstatement, but there has definitely been a surge of interest in and reappraisal of that period. […]

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Aloa / Roladex :: Double review (Medical)

The new year is here. Resolutions bandied about, liked and retweeted. But some old habits can be hard to break, and others shouldn’t be. Medical Records is keeping an old habit alive, that of double releases; and few would say there’s anything wrong with that. Aloa were the German duo of Al Kanz and Matthias […]

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Neohachi :: Lovecadio Hearn (White Paddy Mountain)

Lovecadio Hearn is joyful and colourful and incomparable. “Neo” something, that’s for sure. Neo, but not the least bit pseudo. Neohachi is a ”fancy and comical electro unit” (darling!) using “hand operated synthesizers” (hilarious!) to hand-stitch some kind of utterly singular neo-fourth world music with a dash of the kosmische. Its debut album is dedicated […]

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Victrola / Big Ben Tribe :: Double review (Dark Entries)

Big Ben Tribe and Victrola are from the same time, and same land, but their use of the synthesizer couldn’t have been more different. Whilst the Trieste group glow with youthful enthusiasm and verve, Victrola darken dreams with overturned ink pots and cigarette ash. Two lost, and almost forgotten, pieces of Italian synthesizer wonder. The […]

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Franz Underwear :: Cattolica ’81 (Bordello A Parigi)

To date a decent portion of the Dutch label’s output has been dedicated to Spaghetti Dance. But the Bordello is always seeking out artists with modern take on that oh-so 80s sound, and those who seek will often find. The influences of Italo have always been clear to see on Bordello A Parigi. To date […]

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Akira Kosemura :: 虹の彼方 – Seven Colors Variations (Schole)

虹の彼方 (or “Niji no Kanata”—beyond the rainbow) is the kind of sweet pop song only the Japanese can pull off with a straight face in front of a jaded adult audience and be met with heartfelt applause. Written by Akira Kosemura and sung by the silken voiced Iasah, it features Muneki Takasaka (also known as Paniyolo) […]

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Laugh Clown Laugh / Play :: Double review (Medical)

It is releases like Laugh Clown Laugh and Play which have made Troy Wadsworth’s imprint the respected global label it has become. Medical Records is already building up an impressive head of steam. 2013 has already been the Seattle imprint’s most productive year, and its only just October. Collaborating with the excellent Crispy Nuggets blogspot, […]

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Conquering Animal Sound :: On Floating Bodies (Chemikal Underground)

A seminal second record by the Scots, full of interesting detail and powerful songwriting. It’s hard not to feel that if Björk were to start again, this is precisely the record she’d wish to create. Thus, the Scottish duo’s sound is all about creating space for Anneke Kampman’s voice to work—she carries the record through the […]

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Michelle Cross & Joe Frawley :: Dolls Come to Life (Dolls Come to Life)

A suite that plays like an Edmund Gorey children’s book, with Cross’ unsettling but deeply affecting song illustrated with dark romantic flourish by Frawley. Joe Frawley is an accomplished, suggestive collagist and ambient composer from Connecticut. Michelle Cross is a singer, songwriter and pianist from Chicago who spent much of her childhood in Japan, and […]

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Spazzkid :: Desire (Keats//Collective / Purr Tapes / Abandon Building)

Plenty of contemplative moments peppered around a soundscape constructed with interesting sounds gathered from various unknown sources. This full length album from Spazzkid is a collection of gentle meandering electropop tracks with a pastoral feel. It has been out for a little while now, since May of this year (2013) in fact, so I’m a […]

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TeaTronik :: Teatronica (Diatribe)

This accomplished attempt at mainstream electronica proves the labels dynamism—the ability to work successfully in both experimental and popular genres. Teatronica is a step in a new direction for Irish record label, Diatribe. Up to this point their entire catalog has been dubbed experimental or at the very least, for niche audiences. The release prior to […]

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Flamingo Pudding :: Mountain Bike Adventure Kid (Self-Released)

Flamingo Pudding’s production is a cross-pollination of just about every other IDM sub-genre and escapes without a scratch as it scatters a veritable assemblage of styles. Various audible trinkets lost in a shuffle of genre extracts keeps Flamingo Pudding’s colorful and quirky rhythms intact. Broken post-pop funk, disco-tech, hip-hop, snapshots of faded video game soundtracks […]

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