electronic

Goddess

Artist: 
BANKS
Label: 
Harvest Records

Let me preface this by saying I absolutely love Banks and everything she has done, so I might be slightly biased. But really, how can you not love these sexy vocals and beats? Goddess is certainly no exception: each track has its own unique catchy rhythm and lyrics. This album is perfect for some intense down-time chillin. Perfect combination of deep house-y music and female R&B vocals (I hope that’s a proper description of the amazing art Banks creates).

Sounds Like: 
BROODS
Sounds Like: 
Name: 
Lili Steffen
Date Reviewed: 
09/13/2014

R.I.P. Blackedout

Artist: 
Blackedout
Label: 
none

So I picked up this album at the KAMP meeting because I haven't listened to anything in the hip hop department in a while now. The next morning, I forgot my iPod, so I popped the CD into my car and was super pleased to hear some nice nature sounds. That was track 1. I was so surprised -- this album was EXACTLY what I wanted to hear and I had no idea what I wanted to hear until I listened to it, and then knew it was this. New York producer Blackedout has made something really, really, really pretty here on his debut album.

Sounds Like: 
Clams Casino
Name: 
Melanie Trecha
Date Reviewed: 
09/13/2014

No Problem Saloon

Artist: 
OY
Label: 
Crammed Discs

I get a fair bit of strange things, but this one is up there in eclectic, odd mixes.  Check out that “Sounds Like” section.  Have you ever seen such a mix?  Have you heard of Jamaze? (It’s ok if you haven’t)  Have you heard of Dengue Fever?  (It’s NOT ok if you haven’t).

Sounds Like: 
The Chieftains
Sounds Like: 
Fela Kuti
Sounds Like: 
Dengue Fever
Sounds Like: 
Jamaze
Name: 
Daniel Witter
Date Reviewed: 
08/26/2014

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