electronic

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
Artist: 
The Avalanches
Label: 
Astralwerks

In doing my research for this review, I came across the term, "plunderphonics," loosely defined as, "sound collage." That is the most accurate way to describe Wildflower, the Avalanches' second and highly anticipated album. It took 16 years for the Avalanches to create Wildflowers. This wasn't one of the cases where the band was on hiatus and then got back together to release an album. No, the Avalanches were painstakingly selecting and mixing samples to create lush and beautiful soundscapes.

Sounds Like: 
Toro y Moi
Sounds Like: 
Lemon Jelly
Name: 
Brooke Blizzard
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2016
Artist: 
Factor Chandelier
Label: 
Side Road Records

This album is a diverse in all the right ways. It features various artists, a different one on almost every other track, splitting the album up between primarily rap and hip hop, lyrical, representative of urban poet, and beautiful ascending electronic beats, synthes with sound enhancements, drums, and more.

Sounds Like: 
The Neighborhood, Nightmares on Wax
Sounds Like: 
GodSpeed you mighty black emperor
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
09/14/2016
Artist: 
Jake Gusto
Label: 
Self Produced

So this album, is not good. Well let me clarify, the tracks with him rapping, are not good. Except the song "Drive", it's kind of decent of a song.  He has four songs that are really just RPM type music. Tracks 5-7 are a part 1,2, and 3 of the RPM type music there's a little bit of rapping, but not too much. The songs where he is rapping really sounds like he got a sick beat off the internet, purchased a really good microphone, and then recorded it on Garageband. So to summarize this, if you just want to dabble with "eh" rapping or some RPM that Mr.

Sounds Like: 
Robo Lemons EDM's Tracks
Name: 
T Statman
Date Reviewed: 
09/07/2016
Artist: 
Las Pulseras Del Corazon
Label: 
Self Produced

 I was excited when I first heard about this album. Fun? Poppy? Electrocumbia? Count me in. My first impression due to the organs and keyboards used was that it sounded a lot like someone trying to do 8-bit music covers of classic and steady cumbia beats, which led to me listening to an 8-bit cover of Tiny Tim's "Living in the Sunlight" on YouTube. There are only 6 songs in the self titled album, with the duo splitting the vocals nearly in half. Hers are eerie and spectral, his sound like the classic breathy spanish folk singers my dad plays around at home.

Sounds Like: 
The Acrylics
Name: 
Catalina Fernandez-Moores
Date Reviewed: 
08/24/2016