electronic

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
Artist: 
Richard Pinhas
Label: 
Cuneiform

Today is October 21, 2015. The very same as the famed day from Back to The Future, assuming that we would have self-tying shoes, hoverboards, and flying cars. The rerelease of Richard Pinhas' 1991 album Chronolyse somehow fits the mood of today. It is filled with ambient, spacey, and experiemental electronica. The tracks on the album interestingly all bear the same name, only difference being that they are each a different part; i.e.

Sounds Like: 
Brian Eno
Sounds Like: 
Heldon
Name: 
Eric Heirshberg
Date Reviewed: 
10/21/2015
Artist: 
Strange Talk
Label: 
Wind Up Records

Reverting back to its beginning two members, the newly electronic duo Strange Talk is moving forward with their new EP, E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N. The two Australian natives have already made a splash with their fairly successful album Cast Away. E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N, however, is a bit more mature, using less vocals and sounding a bit more like an normal EDM band. Although I wouldn't expect to hear any of these songs at a club or a party, there are a couple of notable drops in "Something's Bout To Change" and "Painted In Gold".

Sounds Like: 
Penguin Prison
Sounds Like: 
French Horn Rebellion
Name: 
Henry Jensen
Date Reviewed: 
10/11/2015
Artist: 
PHONAT
Label: 
OWSLA

“Fire” isn’t quite fire, but it still packs a punch. This mid-tempo electronic jam has a lot of jazzy deep house elements in it, especially during the verses, where the basslines are pretty tight. The chorus was nothing special to me and, in general, I felt the vocals were a little overpowering. I think this song would sound better remixed, but as a standalone song, it’s alright. 

Sounds Like: 
Disclosure
Name: 
Matthew Scheurman
Date Reviewed: 
10/09/2015
Artist: 
Made of Oak
Label: 
Partisan Records

Made of Oak is a side project of Nick Sanborn from Sylvan Esso, produced by Partisan Records. Pinebender makes no hesitation in jumping right into the beats, coming out with a deep bass drop and some supporting synths. At about 30 seconds in to the track a few more elements are added to provide a sense of depth and layers to the music. Throughout the song it goes through several levels of depth pulling in new sounds as the old ones fade out and coming back again.

Sounds Like: 
Sylvan Esso
Name: 
Eric Heirshberg
Date Reviewed: 
10/02/2015