electronic

Souvenance

Artist: 
Kali Mutsa
Label: 
Shock Music

This is a pretty cool album. I was not exactly sure what to expect from the album because I had never heard of Kali Mutsa, however I was not dissappointed. This album is very pop-y and makes you want to dance...a lot. Kali Mutsa's songs are very happy and fun. The album features mostly electronic beats, and the lyrics are not in English, but it still has those key ingrediants that force you to get jiggy with it.

Sounds Like: 
MIA
Sounds Like: 
Gloria Estefan
Name: 
Michael Robert Heslinga
Date Reviewed: 
05/01/2014

Electric City

Artist: 
Mexican Dubweiser
Label: 
Koolarrow Records

Electric City is the second album by dub producer Mexican Dubweiser. It combines elements of dub and reggae with electronic and Latin music, as well as occasional moments of hip-hop. Electric City is a fairly consistent and enjoyable release, and while it likely won't turn anyone not already interested onto dub music, it does add some new and fun things to the fundamentals of the genre.

Sounds Like: 
King Tubby
Name: 
Jake Calegari
Date Reviewed: 
04/29/2014

Antennae

Artist: 
The Premiere
Label: 
none

I'm not a hip-hop expert really, but I can say from what I know, this isn't really that great. According to the label they sound like The Gorillaz and Outkast, so where could we go wrong? We could. Like The Gorillaz, The Premiere features two artists, Phoenix Arizona's David Jackman and Adam Wilkey, whose singing and rapping are backed by electronic and some guitar (of which are really not too bad). The rapping is actually pretty good and I enjoyed listening to it (I'm not sure which of the two raps).

Sounds Like: 
I guess the Gorillaz (but definitely not as cool)
Name: 
Diana Englert
Date Reviewed: 
04/27/2014

The Way & Color

Artist: 
TEEN
Label: 
Carpark Records

This new album from TEEN is a bit different from their old music I think. It's not the best album I’ve heard/reviewed (dope album art though). Their music just sounded a bit off to me in general and the elements never really came together in a cohesive way. I think they tried to do too much with the synths, R&B rhythms, and noises and ended up creating songs that sound messy and displeasing (at least to me, it could be personal preference).

Sounds Like: 
Phantogram
Sounds Like: 
not really sure
Name: 
Lili Steffen
Date Reviewed: 
04/23/2014

Dwntwn

Artist: 
Dwntwn
Label: 
Jullian Records

Short and sweet 5 song album from this synth-pop duo with beautiful usage of vocals, instruments (is that a banjo I hear??), and synths. Each song is unique and captivating in its own special way, which is sometimes difficult with this genre. Their songs are also not too long  to get bored and not too short to be left wanting more. This is a playlist I could imagine waking up to and starting my day off on a good note with uplifting beats and lyrics. Definitely music I’d listen to in the future. 

Sounds Like: 
Ghost Beach
Sounds Like: 
St. Lucia
Sounds Like: 
Van She
Sounds Like: 
Mr. Little Jeans
Name: 
Lili Steffen
Date Reviewed: 
04/22/2014

Future Splendors

Artist: 
Brothertiger
Label: 
Mush

Another great album from Brothertiger, but nothing incredibly innovative or out there. They effectively create yet another playlist to chillax to the max to. Like most music from this genre, each song sounds more or less the same and works to create a fantastic mood for studying, hanging out in your room, or commuting to school/work. The album starts off slow and gets a increasingly more upbeat towards the middle, which serves as a nice progression. I think they had the perfect balance of ambient and upbeat songs.

Sounds Like: 
Summer Heart
Sounds Like: 
Blackbird Blackbird
Sounds Like: 
Washed Out
Name: 
Lili Steffen
Date Reviewed: 
04/22/2014

Tremors

Artist: 
SOHN
Label: 
4AD

SOHN released Tremors just half a year after getting big at SXSW and soon after, signing with 4AD. It's exactly what the 2014 indie scene is going to be made of--ambient electro beats; clear, emotionally driven lyrics; and a stark rollercoaster of tempo change. There is a great focus on language in Tremors, as if the beats were just an afterthought to the poetry of the songs. In my opinion, "Artifice" is the sole knockout hit on the album. It's an anthem, with an afro vibe and a very powerful presence, that is sure to get SOHN a good amount of fame.

Sounds Like: 
Banks
Sounds Like: 
Lorde
Sounds Like: 
James Blake
Name: 
Tatum Schranz
Date Reviewed: 
04/17/2014

Piñata

Artist: 
Tribu Ultravioleta
Label: 
Tribu Ultravioleta

So the CD label says the album is recommended if you listen to Neon Indian, Washed Out, and The xx. While I like all three of these bands and Tribu Ultravioleta’s music, I didn’t think his music sounded much like any of those three artists at all! It sounded more like downtempo lounge music with cool drums and Latin fusion. Something I’d imagine hearing in a funky, hip restaurant bar lounge thing. I also get a summer beach vibe (for some reason the title Piñata reminds me of pineapples and surfing idk). Either way, it’s the ultimate groovy chillout playlist.

Sounds Like: 
honestly anything lounge
Sounds Like: 
Surf Lounge (both the band and genre)
Name: 
Lili Steffen
Date Reviewed: 
04/08/2014

May You Marry Rich

Artist: 
Colourmusic
Label: 
memphis industries

This album was overall really good in my opinion (although it's not my favorite kind of music, I appreciate the quality). What I really liked was the variety of the songs since each one was pretty distinguishable from the other while still maintaining the same connecting theme/sound. If you like really heavy, rocky electronic indie music, I highly recommend this. I actually liked it more the second time I listened to it. I didn’t like how it had a few cool sounding songs that were kind of long and repetitive (tracks 6/7/12) that dragged on.

Sounds Like: 
(disclaimer: i don't know too much about this kind of music and looked most of these up so idk??)
Sounds Like: 
The Joy Formidable
Sounds Like: 
Dinosaur Jr.
Sounds Like: 
Sonic Youth (electronic version maybe????)
Name: 
Lili Steffen
Date Reviewed: 
04/08/2014

Now + 4eva

Artist: 
Architecture In Helsinki
Label: 
Casual Workout

Here's Architecture In Helsinki's fifth album and it's definitely sounds more pop than their earlier albums. There's an interesting mix of sounds on this album. The album opens with "In the Future" (My favorite track on the album) which is very groovey for lack of a better word. There's also some electro pop sounds from "When You Walk in the Room" and Kellie Sutherland's nice vocals. There are a couple ballads on this album which aren't exactly the best, but if your really into ballads check out "April".

Sounds Like: 
The Naked And Famous
Sounds Like: 
Givers
Sounds Like: 
Yeasayer
Name: 
Ali Shareef
Date Reviewed: 
04/02/2014
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