electronic

Rapture

Artist: 
Tropics
Label: 
Innovative Leisure

Rapture by Tropics is one helluva chill album. Being somewhat dreamy it just makes you want to sit back, relax, and enjoy some synthy vibes. As with most electronic songs the instrumentals range from fast paced percussion to slow and bass-y type sounds. The vocals are soft and smooth throughout the album. Bedroom pop comes to mind as I listen to this album, but of the electronic variety. If you don't pay attention (and it might happen with this whole dream-vibe) it's hard to notice when one song has ended and another has started.

Sounds Like: 
Little Dragon
Sounds Like: 
Bear In Heaven
Name: 
Ali Shareef
Date Reviewed: 
03/11/2015

Projections

Artist: 
Romare
Label: 
Ninja Tune

So Romare is pretty awesome. It’s hard to explain how or what exactly, but basically its some really easy listening you’d probably hear in the background of some obscure coffee shop you love to visit. When listening to Projections, expect this to be as chill as can be and you have to be the same. His style is a mix of jazzy, blues-like, electronic music. The songs are pretty low tempo, feature some ambient sounds, and minimal vocals (only some voice clips).

Sounds Like: 
Leon Vynehall
Sounds Like: 
Max Graef
Name: 
Eric Heirshberg
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2015

Ice Rink Single

Artist: 
Cashmere Cat and DJ Mustard
Label: 
Self-Released

Cashmere Cat and DJ Mustard have been hanging out and this is the first thing they've released together. This single is more on the instrumental/electronic side, and apart from DJ Mustard dropping in and saying *mumbleonthebeatsomething* there aren'r any real lyrics. That being said this single is really upbeat and clubby. It has a nice drop and rad beat. You won't hear a lot of DJ Mustard's hip-hop style, and I'd say it leans more towards Cashmere Cat's style of sound, especially some of his more recent remixes (Mirror Maru) but still more upbeat.

Sounds Like: 
S-Type
Sounds Like: 
Bobby Tank
Name: 
Ali Shareef
Date Reviewed: 
02/18/2015

Embraced

Artist: 
The Human Experience
Label: 
Jumpsuit

So far, this is undoubtedly my favorite album of 2015. This type of higher-consciousness electronic music really shows us the potential for electronic music to be a more all embracive style of music. It incorporates warm, non-synthetic instrumentals like smooooooth basslines and some Latin-inspired percussion, which really gives this album lots of life and an extra boost of energy. It features world music tracks that have a Buddha Bar type feel to 'em, i.e. track 3. It has some more sulty, sensual songs like "Heavenly Bodies" that are way more downtempo and chilled out.

Sounds Like: 
Beats Antique
Sounds Like: 
Thievery Corporation
Sounds Like: 
music you'd hear at Burning Man
Name: 
Parisa Eshrati
Date Reviewed: 
01/18/2015

///|\||\\\\ (Marks EP)

Artist: 
FaltyDL
Label: 
Ninja Tune

This album kind of gives me mixed feelings. For one, I don't know what the titile means (??) but I guess settling for Marks EP works. Following this, the music is definitely abstract and requires contemplation. I feel like he gets into so really interesting sounds, but kind of teases you without fully developing them. You've got some groovy lounge tracks alongside ambient spa relexation ones. Other songs are just itchy spooky noise (if that makes sense). Imagine floating in space, if you could actually hear sound up there.

Sounds Like: 
Nosaj Thing
Sounds Like: 
Shigeto
Name: 
Lili Steffen
Date Reviewed: 
12/08/2014

Redinho

Artist: 
Redinho
Label: 
Numbers

Finally getting this up.  I am a bad person; despise me.

Sounds Like: 
A slow Chromeo with more vocoder
Sounds Like: 
MOA
Name: 
Daniel Witter
Date Reviewed: 
11/29/2014

Sirens

Artist: 
Gordon City
Label: 
BB Records

To be honest after learning that my favorite song on this CD 6 am could not be play over the airwaves really bummed me out. After listening to this variation journey of deep house accompained by powerful vocals put a smile on my face. Very disco inspired, Jennifer Hudsons' vocals on her song really just put me over the edge and I quickly have fallen for this CD. Yes, it may be that I just love this genere of music but this one really does touch the soul. Each track are all different variations of what house music has to offer.

Sounds Like: 
Route 94
Sounds Like: 
Cozzy D
Name: 
Ryan Reyes
Date Reviewed: 
11/20/2014

Jump in the Sun

Artist: 
Josh Mottley
Label: 
Surfview Records

I'm not too familiar with RPM music but here goes. Josh Mottley seems like a fun guy. Or a fun dad. He kinda looks like a dad. Jump in the Sun is his second album, and it's just very happy. It's kinda hard to be sad listening to this. I tried frowning and it just wasn't happening. It's very lax and groovey. I'm not sure about RPM sub-genres but if "excercise" and "playing outside" are sub genres I'd use those. The overall theme of Jump in the Sun is "body in motion" and this album does make you want to get up and do stuff.

Sounds Like: 
Mr. Scruff
Name: 
Ali Shareef
Date Reviewed: 
11/19/2014

Absolutely Free.

Artist: 
Absolutely Free
Label: 
Lefse Records

Absolutely Free is a Canadian band consisting of Michael Claxton, Matt King and Moshe Rosenburg.  The opening song is an instrumental track called “Window of Time” that gives you a little taste of the spacey, psychedelic sound that they embody. It transitions seamlessly into “Beneath the Air”, which is a little more upbeat, with a slight sixties folk feel. The vocals are soft, though, and stay muted in the background.

Sounds Like: 
Psychadelic spacey M83 with a folk feel
Name: 
Samantha Fung
Date Reviewed: 
11/04/2014

Wonder Where We Land

Artist: 
SBTRKT
Label: 
Young Turks Recordings Ltd.

SBTRKT got some traction the last year or so with Wildfire featuring Little Dragon and for good reason. SBTRKT isn't your standard indie elctronic music, his work is really innovative and stands out among a sea of alt synthy stuff. This album is relatively long piece of work and is definitely designed to be a progess experience. I think this new stuff is different from what I remember his older music being like, I suppose more experimental. He plays around with a lot of genre influences like soul, jazz, dubstep etc.

Sounds Like: 
Bondax
Sounds Like: 
FKA Twigs
Sounds Like: 
Jai Paul
Name: 
Lili Steffen
Date Reviewed: 
10/20/2014