electronic

Artist: 
Simbiosis
Label: 
Werkdiscs / Ninja Tune

As a standalone work, I appreciate the feel that Simbiosis was going for with their album Elements. I didn’t feel like any songs really stood out, however. To better explain this, all of the songs had the same dark and grungy sound, but it was very minimal. Many of the songs sound inspired by 90’s garage tech and ambience, which is why I like what they were going for. Listeners would probably think their radio was getting negative feedback because the songs are so rough sounding though.

Sounds Like: 
American Horror Story soundtrack
Name: 
Matthew Scheurman
Date Reviewed: 
01/24/2016
Artist: 
Strange Talk
Label: 
Wind-up Records

This EP is REALLY good. It's only five songs from the Australian synthpop band, Strange Talk. Their sound is pretty electronic, but also very catchy. The first song, Something's Bout to Change is very entertaining and fun to listen to. It's my favorite song on the album. The song Painted in Gold (feat. Bertie Blackman) is also fun, with how uplifiting it is, and strong willed.The track, When It Feels so Good, is also very catchy, and reminds me kind of Daft Punk...vaguely.

Sounds Like: 
Robert DeLong
Sounds Like: 
St. Lucia
Name: 
Sidney Whitmire
Date Reviewed: 
12/09/2015
Artist: 
Ryan Conner
Label: 
Ryan Conner

This track was the first time I had ever ehard about Ryan Conner. This music isn't my cup of tea. The song felt sort of frantic and odd. I don't want to bash the genre as I respect it, but this is not a good song to listen too. Although I must say I love the album work. 

Sounds Like: 
na
Sounds Like: 
na
Name: 
Andrew Herrera
Date Reviewed: 
12/08/2015
Artist: 
James Ferraro
Label: 
Break World

"...racism is a war on reason, so in my animosity I wrote Skid Row," said James Ferraro on his latest release. The Bronx born experimental producer also drew inspiration from LA, which he labeled "a hyper America." Ferraro's attitude about current social issues is reflected in the dark instrumentals throughout the album, which include samples from news broadcasts (Rodney King riots, OJ Simpson trial) and spoken word. Although the Funk and R&B sounds on the album make for catchy tracks, the mood never really lightens up.

Sounds Like: 
Dean Blunt
Sounds Like: 
Actress
Sounds Like: 
Ari Solus
Name: 
Charlie Franco
Date Reviewed: 
12/06/2015
Artist: 
Erykah Badu
Label: 
self released

Erykah Badu's But You Caint Use My Phone, is a really chill mixtape that Badu put together by mixing pop songs from the past 40 years that refer to phones. She has a really good ear for mixing and all of the songs are fun to listen to as they combine recognizable rap and pop from the past with some electronic sounds that imitate cell phones, dial tones, and such. Badu is a talented artist who has quite an interesting past. For example, "Ms. Jackson" the OutKast song is written to apologize to Badu's mother for Andre 3000 not being the father he should be.

Sounds Like: 
OutKast, but more feminine
Sounds Like: 
Jill Scott
Name: 
Taylor Ducklow
Date Reviewed: 
12/04/2015
Artist: 
The Electric Sons
Label: 
Connect

The Electric Sons' EP Golden Age is definitely worth listening to.  The first song, Into the Night is super catchy and fun. These guys sound kind of like Imagine Dragons/Bastille, with a bit more electronic backing. The second song, Tell Me What to Say reminds me of 80s pop songs, with a super repetitive but catchy chorus "tell me what to say, what to say to you". It's almost a ballad to be honest. Track #5, Japanese Ceremonial Tea (Interlude) is not necessarily the best for playing on a show for music, but it's a monologue with techno sounds behind it.

Sounds Like: 
Imagine Dragons
Sounds Like: 
Bastille
Sounds Like: 
JR JR
Name: 
Sidney Whitmire
Date Reviewed: 
12/02/2015
Artist: 
Majical Cloudz
Label: 
Matador

Majical Cloudz is the project of Devon Welsh and Matthew Otto, with Are You Alone? being their third full-lenth album to date. The LP is all about feeling, or rather the acceptance of feeling. Welsh's lyrics focus on a classic group of themes: love, sadness, and death. But instead of creating songs that beat these ideas into the ground, Majical Cloudz encourages listeners to feel these emotions and accept their inevitability.

Sounds Like: 
The Postal Service
Sounds Like: 
the XX
Sounds Like: 
Autre Ne Veut (but more minimal and less theatrical)
Name: 
André Pettman
Date Reviewed: 
12/01/2015
Artist: 
Oneohtrix Point Never
Label: 
Warp Records

On his newest LP Garden of Delete, Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never) drew inspiration from more guitar focused music that he listened to earlier in his childhood. This album can be seen as a change in direction from his previously cold and clean sounds (R Plus Seven) or his rhythmic and more loop driven work (Replica). Garden of Delete brings another plethora of sounds and creates its own lane in Lopatin's extensive discography. Honestly, I couldn't even put some of the sounds of this album into words.

Sounds Like: 
Tim Hecker
Sounds Like: 
Death Grips
Sounds Like: 
Boards of Canada
Name: 
Charlie Franco
Date Reviewed: 
11/18/2015
Artist: 
Naytronix
Label: 
City Slang

Naytronix is Nate Brenner, and “Mister Divine” is his album. This album is a surprisingly relaxing listen. The album is very trance-like, with a mix of different elements that span from electronic-y, robot-like tinkering embellishments, to jazzy hints, like something that sounds similar to trumpets (but could possibly be a computer’s interpretation of a what a trumpet sounds like) e.g. “The Wall”. One thing that resonates throughout the album, though, are the strong beats that is evident in most every song.

Sounds Like: 
Baio
Sounds Like: 
Vinyl Williams
Name: 
Samantha Fung
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2015
Artist: 
Kasbo
Label: 
Foreign Family Collective

"World Away" by Kasbo seems crafted for the festival circuit, with an earworm of a vocal sample that darts in and out of the beat, and a pulsing melody that builds and explodes, before diminishing and hitting a climax all over again.

Sounds Like: 
Porter Robinson
Sounds Like: 
ODESZA
Name: 
André Pettman
Date Reviewed: 
11/06/2015
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