electronic

Artist: 
Bullion
Label: 
Deek Recordings

Honestly, I thought that I would like this a lot more than I actually did. Loop the Loop featured some cool violin tracks in it, but mixed with Bullion's "Alt-J-esque" style, I was not a fan. There were definitely a lot of weird "bloopy" kind of sounds added that seemed very random. However, there are definitely some track that are more ear-appealing than others, my favorite being "Never Is The Change." It's on the more chill side of the electronic spectrum and has some 8-bit sounding parts to it.

Sounds Like: 
Alt-J
Sounds Like: 
Animal Collective
Sounds Like: 
Beck
Name: 
Sean Li Wong
Date Reviewed: 
05/06/2016
Artist: 
Com Truise
Label: 
Ghotly Internatinoal

This album is entirely comprised of synth. Think Tron: Legacy soundtrack. No vocals, no guitar, nothing but synth. Because of this, once you have heard one song off of the album, you have a pretty good idea of what the rest of the album is going to sound like. Not that this is a bad thing, but it is a thing that should be mentioned nonetheless. The fact that the album has no vocals may definitely dissuade some DJs from airing the songs on their show; it's not something I would play while DJing.

Sounds Like: 
Miami Nights 1984
Sounds Like: 
Tycho
Name: 
Alex Wolvos
Date Reviewed: 
05/03/2016

Aa

Artist: 
BAAUER
Label: 
LuckyMe Records

 

Sounds Like: 
Life, dubstep, Brazilian Funke
Sounds Like: 
Some dancehall
Name: 
Easter Bohanon
Date Reviewed: 
04/06/2016
Artist: 
El Guincho
Label: 
Nacional Records

 

Sounds Like: 
A Spanish heart broken robot, A child singing into a fan, If Edgar Allen Poe was a Spanish millennial
Sounds Like: 
Electro-pop, autotune, if T-pain was born is Spain
Name: 
Easter Bohanon
Date Reviewed: 
03/30/2016

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Artist: 
The Knocks
Label: 
Big Beat Records

Wow, this album just is a summary of good alternate, pop, electronic music in one album. It has all these great featured artists like X Ambassadors, Carly Rae Jepson, and Fetty Wap to name some. Of course my favorite song "Kiss the Sky", has an FCC Warning so it's not able to be played on air, but definitally check out that song.  Pretty much every song on this album has a vintage 80's/90's vibe, but it has the modern flair to it that makes it great to listen to!

Sounds Like: 
The Chainsmokers
Sounds Like: 
WALK THE MOON
Name: 
T Statman
Date Reviewed: 
03/28/2016
Artist: 
Fatima Al Qadiri
Label: 
Hyperdub

Fatima Al Qadiri's Brute starts off sounding like a straight up movie. Between a dark, soundtrack-like instrumental, gunshots can be heard with what sounds like commands from police officers. I don't know why I was surprised, considering the cover is a Telletuby decked out in SWAT gear.

Sounds Like: 
Oneohtrix Point Never
Sounds Like: 
Zomby
Name: 
Charlie Franco
Date Reviewed: 
03/09/2016
Artist: 
Animal Collective
Label: 
Domino Records

Animal Collective returns for it's 10th studio album with Painting With. The band had several critically acclaimed releases in the 2000's depite their more recent ones not being recieved well by critics. I was a really big fan of their 2007 release Merriweather Post Pavilion, it was pop-y with a psychadelic and unpredictable twist. Admittedly, I never really got into their other albums despite my love of Merriweather. Unfortunately, Painting With didn't stick with me as much.

Sounds Like: 
Panda Bear
Sounds Like: 
Ariel Pink
Name: 
Charlie Franco
Date Reviewed: 
03/09/2016
Artist: 
Chimurenga Renaissance
Label: 
Glitterbeat Records

Chimurenga Renaissance follows up its 2014 debut riZe vadZimu riZe with an EP called Girlz With Gunz. The album serves as a tribute to the strength of African women. For example, She Is The Fairest of Them All has the narrative of men who want to take advantage of a woman despite knowing all of the characteristics that make her stronger and more "fair" in the context. It features Sassy Black of THEESATISFACTION as well as a return from Mall Saint who appeared on the group's debut.

Sounds Like: 
Shabazz Palaces
Sounds Like: 
Young Fathers
Name: 
Charlie Franco
Date Reviewed: 
03/09/2016
Artist: 
Porches
Label: 
Domino Recording

Pool by Porches is kinda fun. I didn't really know what to expect and was pleasantly surprised. It is a "make you wanna dance" sort of album. There aren't any crazy ragers, it's pretty laid back, but theres a consistently catchy drum beat in the background of the entire album. Production is excellent on this, though the lyrics and male vocals are pretty fuzzy. 

Sounds Like: 
Eurythmics
Sounds Like: 
Depeche Mode
Name: 
Jacqui Kientzler
Date Reviewed: 
02/17/2016
Artist: 
Beacon
Label: 
Ghostly International

Escapements is Beacon's second album. It's pretty much just downtempo, electronic music without any experimental sounds. There not really making waves in the genre but as far as general quality goes it works well. No song really stands out, which is a good thing considering what they're advertising is a chill album that's best listened to as a whole. It's great music to study or relax to without any distractions.

Sounds Like: 
Bob Moses
Sounds Like: 
Gold Panda