electronic

Verde

Artist: 
Tei Shi
Label: 
Mom+Pop

Verde is brief, airy little gift of an EP from NYC singer Tei Shi. Each of the 5 songs showcases something a little different, but they all flow together beautifully. "Can't Be Sure" is a soft and slow minimalist electronic song, but before you think that the EP is going to be all sleepytime jams, "Bassically" comes in as a dancey, poppier one, really showcasing her vocals. Track 3, while super slow, might be my favorite; it's got a gorgeous melody. The rest of the EP is actually pretty slow, but that is in no means a negative.

Sounds Like: 
FKA Twigs
Sounds Like: 
Grimes
Name: 
Melanie Trecha
Date Reviewed: 
04/23/2015

Somnambulist

Artist: 
The Kandinsky Effect
Label: 
Cuneiform

Oops! Cuneiform did it again. Sadly, they did so without a read leather (or was it latex?) body suit. Also without Britney Spears. BUT FORGET THOSE THINGS BECAUSE THIS ALBUM IS PRETTY DARN GOOD. Sit down in a circle children, and get your minds ready, because listening to Somnambulist is an experience. It's jazz, it's synth, it's dreamtastical, it's weird. Aside from the fact that it gets a bit avant-garde at times (which of course is no drawback, considering they do it well), I give this album two thumbs up. This music is relaxing and peaceful. But it's also jazzy.

Sounds Like: 
Aphex Twin
Sounds Like: 
Vi Redd
Name: 
Melanie Zelikovsky
Date Reviewed: 
04/21/2015

Need To Know

Artist: 
Priory
Label: 
Warner Bros.

Priory is an alternative pop band from Portland, Oregon. This duo definitely sends off a hipsterish impression. The term hipster-pop may be an oxymoron but I'd say it describes Priory pretty well. In fact, a lot of what they do is contradictory. They have excellent music but horrible lyrics. Their bios state that they strive for uniqueness yet they sing about the same basic party on the weekend, parents just don't understand drivel that you'd hear from any mainstream, teen-targeting pop rock band.

Sounds Like: 
Walk The Moon
Sounds Like: 
The Griswolds
Name: 
Henry Jensen
Date Reviewed: 
04/11/2015

The Day Is My Enemy

Artist: 
The Prodigy
Label: 
Take Me To The Hospital Limited

The Prodigy is one of my favorite bands of all time, so you could probably guess how this review is going to go. I was ecstatic when I heard last year that new material was being realeased since their 2009 album Invaders Must Die. This will be their sixth studio album. The Prodigy is unlike any other group experimenting with so many different and unique sounds and just mashing them together to make an awesome, heart pounding sound. Something you would want to do Parkour or just gets you really pumped.

Sounds Like: 
Fatboy Slim
Sounds Like: 
Moby
Name: 
Lauren Wexler
Date Reviewed: 
04/10/2015

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