electronic

Singles

Artist: 
Future Islands
Label: 
4AD

So this album was totally not what I expected. The synth-y beats that open every song kinda set up their music for light and airy vocals, but that’s not exactly what happens. Honestly I never would have put together these specific vocals and background music, but oddly it ends up working. The lead singer’s voice kind of reminds me of a musky Elton John and that’s something I’d picture with typical rock music. But the interesting pairing of vocals with synth pop is definitely something new and unique that I personally haven’t really heard before.

Sounds Like: 
Moss of Aura (if purely instrumental)
Sounds Like: 
Twin Shadow (more with the vocals)
Sounds Like: 
Blood Orange
Name: 
Lili Steffen
Date Reviewed: 
04/02/2014

St. Vincent

Artist: 
St. Vincent
Label: 
Republic Records

This album rocks, plain and simple.  St. Vincent's style is a mix of dance, electronic, pop, rock.  You will hear crisp and icy vocals surrounded by raw and infectious beats that will get your foot tapping fo sho.  There is a delicate balance between the fuzzy noise that accompanies the guitar(?) riffs, bass and whatnot, and the beautiful  and thought provoking lyrics.

Sounds Like: 
Metric
Sounds Like: 
CocoRosie (kinda...)
Name: 
Nick Cotter
Date Reviewed: 
03/26/2014

Blue Film

Artist: 
Lo-Fang
Label: 
4AD Ltd

This is such an amazing album and artist. Currently touring with Lorde, Matthew Hemerlein is a classically trained artist who plays all of the instruments heard on this album such as violin, cello, banjo, bass piano, and guitar. This album is a bit dark sounding but is an experimental fusion of electro-pop, classical, R&B. The tracks are rich and build on many layers of different beats and instruments, topped off with his wispy falsetto vocals. Overall, this is a very elaborate and interesting album that is a genre in it of itself.

Sounds Like: 
Basecamp
Sounds Like: 
Sylvan Esso
Name: 
Erinn Fung
Date Reviewed: 
03/25/2014

Alone (Single)

Artist: 
The Foreign Resort
Label: 
BLVD Records

The Foreign Resort is a band from Denmark that have only been around for a few years, but have already toured with the likes of legendary Creation shoegazers Swervedriver among others which is impressive in and of itself. I'm not entirely sure how I feel about their music though. They obviously wear their influences on their sleeves and at times that's both a good and bad thing. Sometimes The Foreign Resort sounds like a Cure cover band and sometimes they sound like a forgotten band that opened for The Cure in the late 80s.

Sounds Like: 
The Cure
Sounds Like: 
The Horrors
Sounds Like: 
Depeche Mode
Sounds Like: 
New Order
Name: 
Brett Botting
Date Reviewed: 
03/05/2014

Slo Light

Artist: 
Davidge
Label: 
The End

Davidge is long standing composer and producer in the entertainment industry, working with some of artists like Massive Attack, David Bowie and Snoop Dog as well as composing soundtracks including the one for and Halo 4. While he has worked as a performing musician in the past, Slo Light is his first solo album. It is a chill, engaging electronic alt album that featured many very talented (and some relatively widely known) vocalists from various current alt and indie bands; such vocalists as Cate Le Bon and Stephonik Youth.

Sounds Like: 
Stephonik Youth
Sounds Like: 
Patrick Duff
Name: 
Matthew Nielsen
Date Reviewed: 
03/05/2014

Satellite Flight: Journey to the Mother Moon

Artist: 
Kid Cudi
Label: 
Republic Records

There is a lot of.. excess on this album but at the roots of it there is still a lot of really good, classic Kid Cudi talent there.  Most of the tracks are a little slower versus his stuff like Pursuit of Happiness. He's four studio albums in though and he proves he's still got it.  It is kinda cool to see him switch it up a little.  In between the tracks with no lyrics, (1, 4, 8, 9) there are some really good songs.  The only thing I would change about this album are those extra lyricless songs.  Those "extra" tracks just feel unnecessary to me.

Sounds Like: 
Kanye West
Sounds Like: 
Santigold
Name: 
Krissy Baca
Date Reviewed: 
02/26/2014

King Babies EP

Artist: 
The Death Set
Label: 
Dim Mak

This EP has a weird concept, kind of like combining Bloody Beatroots with punk lyrics. It would be very melodic punk rock, relying a lot on strong choruses, but seems to be drowned by over-produced house beats. In my opinion, they need to pick on genre and go with it. It, however, definitely gets the blood pumping, in a Space Jam sort of way. Dim Mak records is home to Steve Aoki, which can explain The Death Sets' electronic influences.

Sounds Like: 
Bloody Beetroots (same energy, punk lyrics)
Name: 
Ben Don
Date Reviewed: 
02/25/2014

Feathers Too Bright

Artist: 
Juakali
Label: 
Foreign Familiar

If Kanye West and MIA had a baby then kind of didn't pass on any of their talents but encouraged their kid to pursue music...Juakali would be that child.  Juakali seems like he has all the ingredients to be bomb, but they're not mixing them together very well.  He has been on the music scene since he was 14 and was born in Trinidad.  He does have other moderately successful albums so I can't tell if this just wasn't my style of he is starting to go downhill.

Sounds Like: 
MIA
Sounds Like: 
Sublime
Name: 
Krissy Baca
Date Reviewed: 
02/12/2014

Without You (The Remixes)

Artist: 
Dillon Francis (feat. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs)
Label: 
Mad Decent

Can't say I liked any of the remixes better than the original, but it was worth the shot. Dillon Francis did a great job with this track, and none of the remixes really seemed to do it justice. However, there were some more upbeat remixes that were alright. 

Sounds Like: 
Dillon Francis
Sounds Like: 
Flux Pavilion
Name: 
Alexa Rosenblum
Date Reviewed: 
01/30/2014

Anywhere That’s Wild

Artist: 
Adventure Galley
Label: 
Internet Piracy Records

Though they resemble the sound of a British band, Adventure Galley, a band whose real origins lie in Portland, Oregon is brimming with dance-y tunes with a tinge of out-of-the-galaxy eighties electro-pop. Even the slowest song on the album “Anywhere That’s Wild” is chock full of ethereal sound effects, with which the album ends on, and is reminiscent of

Sounds Like: 
Bastille
Sounds Like: 
Franz Ferdinand
Sounds Like: 
The Killers
Name: 
Samantha Fung