electronic pop

Artist: 
Justice
Label: 
Ed Banger Records

"Woman" by Justice isn't exactly anything new from the French electronic duo but that doesn't prevent it from still being a great album. There are occasionally songs that aren't the usual electronic pop and synth sounds that they usually rely on, such as "Heavy Metal" and "Chorus." While I believe these songs mostly serve to keep the album from sounding too monotonous, they still provide content and variety so I wouldn't necessarily pass over them.

Sounds Like: 
Daft Punk
Sounds Like: 
Chase & Status
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2017
Artist: 
Sin Fang
Label: 
Morr Music

I am very pleased with this album--it is really easy to listen to as its unique sounds not only keep you engaged but also relax your mind. I think the album name "Spaceland" is a good fit as the music makes you feel like you're floating around in a psychedelic space. I listened to the album while studying but I wouldn't say the songs are "background music"--they have more depth than that. They are soft, fluffy, with good lyrics and variation in the electronic composition.

Sounds Like: 
The Chainsmokers
Sounds Like: 
Farao
Name: 
Hibah Ilyas
Date Reviewed: 
02/26/2017
Artist: 
Devoted
Label: 
Warner Bros Records

Devoted by Rituals of Mine is a really well-crafted electropop album. It's loaded with haunting beats and ghostly vocals that float above glorious electronic tracks in an almost R&B-style. Every song on this album is badass. The word "ethereal" can be tossed around frequently while describing female artists, but the mixture of the vocalist's fluent harmonies are so airily graceful that I have no other words to describe it. PLEASE play this album on your show!

Sounds Like: 
Banks
Sounds Like: 
Phantogram
Name: 
Hannah Isaac
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2016
Artist: 
Broods
Label: 
Capitol Records

Broods is an electropop duo and this is their lead single to their upcoming album which will probably come out later this year. This is a follow to their album Evergreen which had some pretty good success. Although I'm not a huge fan of their sound, I can see why it is so popular. I'm also not a big fan of this song also but it does have a pretty good message. It talks about being free to express yourself. It is your typical synthpop anthem. If you are a fan a Broods you will prolly dig this.

Sounds Like: 
Banks
Sounds Like: 
Betty Who
Name: 
Daniel Clark
Date Reviewed: 
04/30/2016
Artist: 
Santigold
Label: 
Atlantic Recording Corporation

If any album could turn back time to 2008 with a 2016 flare, it is Santigold. 99¢ brings back funky 90's electronic music and puts it all together. The only problem is that "Who Be Lovin' Me" feat. ILOVEMACKENNEN has an FCC warning. I'm really upset about that you have no idea because I really was feeling myself with that song. The first three songs on the album hit it out of the park for me, especailly "Can't Get Enough of Myself". Santigold does a good job at closing the alnum with "Who I Thought You Were" as a strong finish.

Sounds Like: 
Charli XCX
Sounds Like: 
M.I.A.
Name: 
T Statman
Date Reviewed: 
03/27/2016
Artist: 
Låpsley
Label: 
XL Recordings

This is electronic pop, the kind that I like because this girl has a nice smooth voice that is accompanied by the electronic instruments. She really makes a fusion  All of her songs to push the boundary of pop that has a very nice vibe good for studying or chilling. My two favorite songs from the album are Heartless and Operator (He Doesn't Call Me). Heartless has a very upbeat chorus that makes me want to learn all of the words. Operator has a very cool 70'/80's type vibe to it and makes me want to get up and dance.

Sounds Like: 
Adele
Name: 
T Statman
Date Reviewed: 
03/21/2016
Artist: 
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Label: 
Concord Music Group

This LP is literally 10 different remixes and versions of the same song "Once a Day", which you might have heard on the radio already. There's a "Love Life Mix", "Tequila Mix", "Worldbeat Mix", among seven other versions. The "Desperados Remix" is just dance club beats for a good six minutes. The song is about how when we love the people around us everyday, we all lift each other up.

Sounds Like: 
Jack Johnson: but more Caribbean
Sounds Like: 
Corey Glover
Name: 
Betty Yu
Date Reviewed: 
12/09/2015
Artist: 
Sandra Kolstad
Label: 
Red Eye Transit

This album is a bit slower than what I usually listen to. That's probably why the promotional sticker says "electronic pop" instead of just "electronic". I can see pop influences all throughout the album. The emphasis is on the vocals instead of the instrumentation, closer to pop music.

Sounds Like: 
Bjork
Name: 
Eric Newberry
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2015
Artist: 
Broods
Label: 
Polydor

Broods, with their airy but strong female vocals and atmospheric electronic beats, sound exactly like Lorde. Which makes sense, considering not only are they both from Australia, but the brother part of the Broods duo actually worked with Lorde on her first album. I actually think Broods is better--maybe it's the fact that they're less discovered, but I think it takes the best qualities of Lorde and concentrates them. It's more mature, and mirrors the 20-something life more than Lorde's high school life that inspired her first album, Pure Heroine.

Sounds Like: 
Lorde
Sounds Like: 
The Naked & Famous
Sounds Like: 
Zelia Day
Sounds Like: 
...Lorde
Name: 
Tatum Schranz
Date Reviewed: 
10/20/2014
Artist: 
The Van Allen Belt
Label: 
Nonstop Everything Records

The Van Allen Belt is the vision of songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Benjamin K. Ferris (as stated in the Facebook). Their inital goal when forming this group was to essentially re-create a 60s pop sound, but I think they've found something more diverse than that. The two female vocalists are classically trained and have killer jazz vocals, which give it much more punch than your average pop singer. The instrumentation is really fun and gets into some pretty unexpected sound and noise experimentation.

Sounds Like: 
tUnE-YaRds
Name: 
Parisa Eshrati
Date Reviewed: 
09/30/2014
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