electronic

Artist: 
Bon Iver
Label: 
Jagjaguwar

It's been 5 years since indie folk favorite Bon Iver's critically acclaimed second full-length LP Bon Iver was blessed upon us, as well as the heartbreaking announcement from frontman Justin Vernon that Bon Iver might not ever make new music ever again. Fans everywhere were overjoyed at the announcement of their long awaited third album titled 22, A Million.

Sounds Like: 
Radiohead (If you liked Kid A, you will like 22 A Million)
Sounds Like: 
Arcade Fire (weird comparison, but necessary)
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
10/31/2016
Artist: 
Bon Iver
Label: 
Jagjaguwar

It's been 5 years since indie folk favorite Bon Iver's critically acclaimed second full-length LP Bon Iver was blessed upon us, as well as the heartbreaking announcement from frontman Justin Vernon that Bon Iver might not ever make new music ever again. Fans everywhere were overjoyed at the announcement of their long awaited third album titled 22, A Million.

Sounds Like: 
Radiohead (If you liked Kid A, you will like 22 A Million)
Sounds Like: 
Arcade Fire (weird comparison, but necessary)
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
10/31/2016
Artist: 
Ricky Eat Acid
Label: 
Terrible Records

Ricky Eat Acid is the solo electronic project of Sam Ray, also of Teen Suicide. His older albums were all variations on lo-fi bedroom electronics, leaning more poppy on Haunt u forever or more ambient like on Three Love Songs. The roughness of recording was a huge part of the charm, and his albums created a hazy atmosphere for you to zone out to.

Sounds Like: 
Blithe Field
Sounds Like: 
Teen Suicide
Sounds Like: 
Gold Panda
Sounds Like: 
Flying Lotus
Sounds Like: 
Four Tet
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
10/26/2016
Artist: 
TOTWM
Label: 
TOTWM Musci

Honestly, this album is very confused on what it brings to the table. After listening to some tracks on Soundcloud, I feel as if it doesn't know what it wants itself to be. It has some identity disorders in the works here. I come across synthesized electronic that contains tempo changes and hip hop influenced melodies midways through some songs. Hell, there's even some plain old jazz on some tracks. I am very confused on what type of style is being presented. I personally think the remix of their track Song by XTX (Chinx Remix) is the best I've heard on this entire label.

Sounds Like: 
Celia Cruz
Sounds Like: 
Claud Vonstroke
Name: 
Alex Paris
Date Reviewed: 
10/24/2016
Artist: 
Wax Tailor
Label: 
Le Plan Records

I was very happy to have been introduced to this album by Music Director Tatum. I've listened to Wax Tailor for a good amount of time and so was ecstatic to be able to listen to his newly released album "By Any Beats Necessary". The album features many artists and is a complex mixture of funky beats and smooth melodies that lightly touch on politcal issues without contradicting it's more easy-going sound. It begins with lighter, poppy songs that make you want to tap your foot and nod your head.

Sounds Like: 
Charlotte Savary
Sounds Like: 
Ghostface Killah
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
10/21/2016
Artist: 
Sylvan Eso
Label: 
Loma Vista Recordings

This single is light, bubbely, lyrically catchy and sharp. Everything you would love and want from a Sylvan Esso song. The chorus comprised of a repeated "Slave to the Radio" relatable to musical artists and die hard radio fans alike. The Ascending beat keeps up through out the song sometimes shifting into a slower more mechanical beat but the whole song is fast paced like a humming birds wings, and makes you wanna bounce up and down on your toes. The lyrics are are indie sounding; confident and playful in tone.

Sounds Like: 
Miracles of Modern Science
Sounds Like: 
Marian Hill
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
10/17/2016
Artist: 
Robert Glasper Experiment
Label: 
Blue Note Records

 This Album opens up with fast jazz, the kind you hear on NPR between segments, then he opens with this spoken word; "The reality is my people have given the world so many kinds of music, so many styles of music, so why should I just confine myslelf to one, we want to explore them all" after wards the beat slows, there is some disc jockey and distant speech clips and electronic sounds introduced, more of a 90's hip hop beat introduced, the rest of this song fading to a finish.

Sounds Like: 
Daft Punk, NPR,
Sounds Like: 
D'Angelo
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
10/12/2016
Artist: 
Big Wild
Label: 
Foreign Family Collective

This song was released under Foreign Family Collective which is curated by ODESZA, so you know it is going to be good. As a person who doesn't usually listen to electronic music, I was suprised how complex and beautiful this song was. The single "Invincible" is an incredible song, living up to its name. It has layers of strings, drums, wind chimes and synth that build up so nicely. Ida Hawk, the vocalist on this track has an amazing powerful voice that by the end of the song, has you singing you're invincible. 

 

Sounds Like: 
ODESZA
Sounds Like: 
Flume
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
10/12/2016
Artist: 
Handsome Ghost
Label: 
Photo Finish Records LLC

I first heard of Handsome Ghost when they did a mash-up of Misterwives’ “Reflections” and BØRNS’ “10,000 Emerald Pools”, and was immediately impressed. I am currently really enjoying their latest EP “The Brilliant Glow”, which they describe as a collection of songs about “growing up, going out, find love and losing love, and then losing love again”. “Graduate” starts off slow but builds to one catchy chorus. Starting off with a groovy synth beat, I immediately loved “Eyes Wide”.

Sounds Like: 
Local Natives
Sounds Like: 
Passion Pit
Name: 
Amanda Chesin
Date Reviewed: 
10/01/2016
Artist: 
Kllo
Label: 
Ghostly International

I've been telling people for a while now that I want to move to Melbourne, Australia because of all of the great electronic music that comes out of there, and this group is no exception. Kllo, a duo made up of two cousins Simon Lam and Chlloe Kaul, simply put together a beatiful collection of music with this Well Worn EP. Their sound is so damn pure, and the production is fantastic. Each track is different, yet clearly has their signature style throughout.

Sounds Like: 
Wafia
Sounds Like: 
SBTRKT
Sounds Like: 
AlunaGeorge
Sounds Like: 
BANKS
Name: 
Zack Estes
Date Reviewed: 
09/21/2016