electronic

Try It Out (Neon Mix)

Artist: 
Skrillex & Alvin Risk
Label: 
OWSLA

This song pretty much just brings Skrillex back out to the public (seems like he's been hiding for a little bit, huh?) and accentuates what we know him for. However, his collab with Alvin Risk on this track turned out really nice. Goes pretty hard and sounds a little more glitch hoppy than normal. I like it a lot. Recommended.

Sounds Like: 
Pegboard Nerds
Sounds Like: 
Skrillex (lol)
Name: 
Alexa Rosenblum
Date Reviewed: 
11/20/2013

Gargantuan - Single

Artist: 
Bass Kleph & DJ Bam Bam
Label: 
Down Right Records

This track surprised me. Bass Kleph opened for Tommy Trash and Wolfgang Gartner on their Hounds of Hell tour, and he totally killed it. He truly has been taking off his career and this single just adds to his success. Super clubby, awesome to dance to.

Sounds Like: 
Tommy Trash
Sounds Like: 
Wolfgang Gartner
Name: 
Alexa Rosenblum
Date Reviewed: 
11/20/2013

Fever Dream EP Part II

Artist: 
MUST DIE!
Label: 
OWSLA

DAMN. MUST DIE! totally kills it with Fever Dream part II. Every track just goes so hard, and it's so easy to just crank up the volume and jump up and down to the beat. MUST DIE! has been getting bigger and bigger and it's no surprise that he's opened for Destroid and other huge dubstep artists. This EP really kills it over part I and really impressed me.

Sounds Like: 
Datsik
Sounds Like: 
Excision
Sounds Like: 
Feed Me
Sounds Like: 
Kill the Noise
Name: 
Alexa Rosenblum
Date Reviewed: 
11/20/2013

FinleyKnight

Artist: 
FinleyKnight
Label: 
FinleyKnight

FinleyKnight's self-titled album, produced by Joey Waronker of Atoms for Peace (whose influences are evident)  takes a couple listens to really appreciate. An offbeat duo, brothers John (Finley) and Connor (Knight) Detjen have created a dreamy, electro-pop indie-rock fusion that, while at times feels almost a bit too off the map to relate, does achieve a uniqe, original sound that will have you confused but hopefully intrigued.

Sounds Like: 
Atoms for Peace (influences)
Name: 
Diana Englert
Date Reviewed: 
11/20/2013

Calling All Heroes Part 1

Artist: 
Adventure Club
Label: 
The Standard Group

This short EP has some great beats in the classic adventure club style. Gold, the first track features the beautiful voice of Yuna, she has a very reminiscent voice of Elli Goulding. Last.fm listed on of their genres of filthstep (which I had never heard of before now) and I would say that applies to this song. The second track, Wonder, is much slower paced with a very starry feel.  This track feature The Kite String Tangle, who is like the guy version of Elli Goulding in this song.

Sounds Like: 
Zomboy
Sounds Like: 
Modestep
Name: 
Tyler Jensen
Date Reviewed: 
11/13/2013

Rapor EP

Artist: 
Active Child
Label: 
Vagrant Records

Akin to the most successful crooners, Active Child (aka Pat Grossi) possesses the ability to simultaneously project to someone and everyone. On 2011′s “You Are All I See” Grossi established himself on the forefront of the “New New Romantics”, entrapping audiences with his falsetto and bedroom nu-gaze.

Sounds Like: 
James Blake
Sounds Like: 
M83
Sounds Like: 
White Hinterland
Name: 
Tatum Schranz
Date Reviewed: 
11/06/2013

Thiefs

Artist: 
Thiefs
Label: 
Melanine Harmonique

First thoughts upon looking at the album art for "Thiefs": two of these guys have really great haircuts and the other one is trying to make up for it with his fingerless gloves.Which is probably a good thing. I think we can all agree that there's a limit of one topknot per band.

Sounds Like: 
The soundtrack at Chipotle on a good day
Name: 
Michael Cullan
Date Reviewed: 
11/06/2013

Outside

Artist: 
CFCF
Label: 
Paper Bag

CFCF is definitely not interested in doing the same thing over and over again. Over the last few years, he has gone from making Chillwave, through his spectular phase with a genre known as "Night Bus", and now on his second studio album he finds himself making 80s inspired, retro-futuristic pop. CFCF's pastiche of vintage adult contemporary on this album is very interesting, and could be likened to the reimagining of smooth jazz and muzak present in the recently establish Vaporwave scene.

Sounds Like: 
Ford and Lopatin
Sounds Like: 
St. Pepsi
Sounds Like: 
Glass Eyes
Name: 
Michael Cullan
Date Reviewed: 
10/30/2013

Guilty Pleasures EP

Artist: 
Pegboard Nerds
Label: 
Monstercat

Pegboard Nerds did a really good job with this one. High Roller is definitely more on the trap side, but they totally killed the track. It's awesome. The rest of the EP is awesome, as well, though... it really shows who the Pegboard Nerds are and this EP helped to bring them more out of their shells in the music industry. It's a short EP, but it's definitely worth the listen through.

Sounds Like: 
Krewella
Sounds Like: 
Kairo Kingdom
Name: 
Alexa Rosenblum
Date Reviewed: 
09/27/2013

GET WET

Artist: 
Krewella
Label: 
Colombia Records

GET WET is the first album released by Krewella, the trio from Chicago. They released their first EP, Play Hard, not too long ago, but continued to push their music with the release of GET WET. They sing as well as produce dubstep (which isn't common at all), which puts them above all other artists. GET WET is comprised of 13 songs, each different from one another, and it includes Alive, their hit single. This album is SO good- it's definitely worth your time for a listen through.

Sounds Like: 
Pegboard Nerds
Sounds Like: 
Adventure Club
Name: 
Alexa Rosenblum
Date Reviewed: 
09/27/2013