electronic

Artist: 
Alice Glass
Label: 
Loma Vista

It's been three years since former Crystal Castles vocalist and co-founder Alice Glass departed from the beloved electronic group to embark on her solo career. After the release of a few singles ("Stillbirth", "Without Love"), Glass surprised dropped her first extended play and formal release, rightfully self-titled Alice Glass. Although there are definitely some Crystal Castles influences here, fans will be surprised to find some surprising new elements that can be heard in the EP.

Sounds Like: 
Crystal Castles
Sounds Like: 
Death Grips
Sounds Like: 
Grimes
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2017
Artist: 
KMFDM
Label: 
Ear Music

KMFDM, featuring compositions by Sascha Konietzko with accompanying artists presents a total of five tracks, at about four minutes each. Three of the five songs are altered versions of their hit track, Hell Yeah, the other tracks being Freak Flag and Attak, a special release available on this EP. All songs presented are fantastic, and reminiscent of late-nineties era electronic music, the first track initially reminding me of the early days of Crystal Method.

Sounds Like: 
Crystal Method
Sounds Like: 
Raymond Watts
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
09/14/2017
Artist: 
Zola Jesus
Label: 
Sacred Bones

 After becoming familiar with her music in the aftermath of her previous 2014 effort Taiga, I have been looking forward to new music from Zola Jesus for quite some time. If Bjork, Chelsea Wolfe, and Evanesence had a child together, the outcome would be Zola Jesus. Four years later, we are given the gift of her fifth studio album titled Okovi, a beautiful and surreal record that combines the industrial goth pop of her previous records, and gorgeous classical string arrangements with booming electronic beats. 

Sounds Like: 
Bjork
Sounds Like: 
Chelsea Wolfe
Sounds Like: 
Evanescence
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
09/13/2017
Artist: 
PVT
Label: 
Felte

After a four year hiatus, PVT, has released a new album titled, New Spirit. The first thing that caught my eye was the album art, it is very modern, bright and intriguing.

Sounds Like: 
Beacon
Sounds Like: 
Junior Boys
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
03/01/2017
Artist: 
Sampha
Label: 
Young Turks

You have may have heard him on his collaborations with Drake's Nothing Was the Same, or on the last track "Saint Pablo" off of Kanye West's excellent The Life of Pablo, or even more recently on "Don't Touch My Hair" by Solange. Sampha Sisay's (simply known as Sampha) has been widely recognized by an array up popular artists, and has been floating around the R&B spectrum of music since 2010, releasing two excellent EP's and a few promotional singles within that period of time.

Sounds Like: 
FKA twigs
Sounds Like: 
James Blake
Sounds Like: 
Solange
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
02/22/2017
Artist: 
RiFF RAFF
Label: 
Neon Nation Corporation

In all honesty, I had always heard of RiFF RAFF, but never really heard his music before... asides some of Lil Debbie's songs in which he is featured in. He's also someone that I never knew was meant to be taken seriously, or just turn your brain off and listen to his music. With two studio albums and a plethora of mixtapes under his belt, RiFF RAFF's nineteenth mixtape titled Aquaberry Aquarius actually managed to blow away my expectations of both his music, and my perception of him as an artist.

Sounds Like: 
Lil Debbie
Sounds Like: 
Gucci Mane
Sounds Like: 
2 Chainz
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
02/15/2017
Artist: 
Noga Erez
Label: 
City Slang

Pity is a single off the upcoming album "Off the Radar" by Noga Erez. The song begins with a military marching sounding drum line accompanied by a 80's sounding bass synth. The lyrics quickly follow: "One head down, two more to go, I think I’ll go bad...” The song was influenced by a sexual assault that occurred in Tel Aviv, in 2012. There are themes throughout the song of mindless viewing, which alludes to the fact that the victim of the assault was raped in public. The artwork for the single is another example.

Sounds Like: 
M.I.A
Sounds Like: 
Goldfrapp
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
02/14/2017
Artist: 
Gone Beyond Gone
Label: 
Slow Down

This album surprised me at how good it is.  It's a mix between electronic and folk music, which does not seem like it would work, but it really does in this album. I'm going song by song, becuase all of the songs sound slightly different and all deserve attention in their own ways!

Sounds Like: 
The xx
Name: 
Sidney Whitmire
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017
Artist: 
knxwledge
Label: 
Stones Throw

A lot has changed for Knxwledge since one of his beats was featured on Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly. Knxwledge has since put out a collaborative EP with Anderson .Paak via Stones Throw, and was a regular cast member of Viceland's "Action Bronson and Friends Watch Ancient Aliens." However, in terms of his solo work, Knxwledge hasn't changed one bit. WT.PRT.10.8_ is the latest installment of his "Wrap Tapes" series, which he puts out at a furious pace alongside the "Hexual Sealings" projects.

Sounds Like: 
J Dilla
Sounds Like: 
Flying Lotus
Name: 
Charlie Franco
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017
Artist: 
Nite Jewel
Label: 
Gloriette Records

This reviewer is not a fan of remixes. Arrangements are (hopefully) purposefully put together in the way they were first presented: often times the edits a remix bring aren't substantial enough to elevate a song significantly. The question at hand is if Nite Jewel's remix EP of Liquid Cool warrants the effort put into the new arrangements.

Sounds Like: 
Machinedrum
Name: 
Grant L Williams
Date Reviewed: 
12/02/2016
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