electronica

Artist: 
Shinobi Ninja
Label: 
Shinobi Ninja LLC.

Although music can be used express messages to its audience or stand for some higher politcal agenda, there's nothing wrong with using music as a medium to simply be enjoyed, or to be fun to listen to. Shinobi Ninja, a rock band that hails from Brooklyn, New York, is a band that falls under the latter. I had never heard of Shinobi Ninja prior to listening to their latest self-released album titled Bless Up, and decided to check out their upcoming album that is set to be released in March.

Sounds Like: 
Rage Against the Machine
Sounds Like: 
Flobots
Sounds Like: 
Banks & Steelz
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017
Artist: 
Bonobo
Label: 
Ninja Tune

Six albums into his career, Simon Green aka Bonobo has finally released his newest effort titled Migration, his first LP since 2013's the "The North Borders". Loosely described by the DJ himself as "the study of people and places", Migration is an hour long journey that makes you feel as if you are a nomad traveling on a never ending journey to find your rightful place in the world.

Sounds Like: 
Tycho
Sounds Like: 
Emancipator
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
02/01/2017
Artist: 
Friendships
Label: 
Remote Control Records

Friendships is an Aussie band out of Melbourne. Their album Nullarbor 1988-1989 is part of a two disk volume. I wasn't sure what to expect from the group, although their album artwork was pretty sweet and as it turns out is the product of the group's creativy themselves. The album is a bit all over the place. At the beginning it is a simple prelude, with the typical building up to high intensity synths. The album takes on an ambient, experiemental darkness atmosphere. Each track is packed with aggressive drums, bass drops, and some uninteraperatble noises.

Sounds Like: 
Aussie Electronic Death Grips?
Name: 
Eric Lloyd Heirshberg
Date Reviewed: 
11/09/2016
Artist: 
Leyya
Label: 
Las Vegas Records

Wow. This album blew my socks off. It was really good. Out of nowhere, the group Leyya comes out with their debut album Spanish Disco. Now, initially I was like - cool, another latin alternative group that is trapped in a past timeline. Instead you are pleaesntly surprised with chilly female vocals, dope beats, and some more. The album begins with a trance like instrumental, breif enough to flow neatly into "I Want You" and "Wolves." Both of which reminded me of Glass Animals, in terms of the song structure, some of the beats used, and pace.

Sounds Like: 
Glass Animals
Sounds Like: 
The xx
Sounds Like: 
Phantogram
Name: 
Eric Lloyd Heirshberg
Date Reviewed: 
11/09/2016
Artist: 
Jean-michel Jarre
Label: 
SONY MUSIC

THIS IS ELECTRONICA, A COMPILATION, IT WILL HURT YOUR HEAD TRYING TO CATEGORIZE THIS SO JUST CALL IT ELECTRONICA!

Anyway this is a compilation, as such each song has its own style with poor english being the only connecting factor, its great study music, treat it as such and youll do fine, make it a background for your talk segments and you can have them count, Generally good with Why being the only track I would not reccomend due to its pompous posing, A must play for any electronic dj, very inspiring, very good dance music, very well rounded.

Sounds Like: 
Yello
Sounds Like: 
Cyndi Laupner
Name: 
Matthew Owen
Date Reviewed: 
10/26/2016
Artist: 
Roots Manuva
Label: 
Ninja Tune

Roots Manuva is an English rapper and producer. On the Album, Bleeds, the English rapper tries his best to make some good music. But here in America, we've been blessed with some of the best rappers so it's hard to expect anyone to come close. With that being said, this album was not good. Roots Manuva does not have an appealing rap voice. I really liked the beats on the album, they sounded amazing. It's a shame that the amazing beats were followed with (excuse my bluntness) an annoying voice.

Sounds Like: 
TY
Sounds Like: 
The Herbaliser
Name: 
Jonathan Merza
Date Reviewed: 
10/12/2016
Artist: 
Night Club
Label: 
gato blanco

We have here a woman's tale of her encounters with romance,

Progressing from her first relationship,

to when she has finally given up on What romance entails.

Sounds Like: 
The Knife
Name: 
matthewowen
Date Reviewed: 
10/05/2016
Artist: 
87
Label: 
Unsigned

I was pleasantly surprised by this pick. I honestly had selected this jam because it seemed like it would be simple and clean, but I was pleasantly surprised. There was a fair amount of Flaming Lips styled vocals within the tracks, so I may be biased into liking the work. Despite the mention of Christmas within the title there were actually no Christmas themed songs. I enjoyed the non-chalante vibe and nonsensicle lyrics but I think for the sake of replayability I would like a more point driven song. There were no strong themes put inside the album that I could detect.

Sounds Like: 
Flaming Lips
Sounds Like: 
Violent Femmes
Name: 
Nick Ziolkowski
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2016
Artist: 
Symbion Project
Label: 
Symbion Project

Symbion Project is a one man operation based out of Seattle. The guy behind the moniker, Kasson Crooker, has been in a multitude of EDM groups, and I don't find this surprising in the slightest. This album is a mess. That being said, his bio at symbionproject.com describes Arcadian as "At its core, Arcadian is a bittersweet focus on escapism, from the myriad ways our world can both connect and disenchant.

Sounds Like: 
Depeche Mode
Sounds Like: 
Sizemix
Name: 
Jacqui Kientzler
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2016
Artist: 
Icarus
Label: 
Parlophone Records

This CD is pretty nuch just 5 different versions of the same song. They are as follows:

1) Radio Edit - basically the original song but cut in half

2) Original Mix - a soothing drum n bass song that runs for 6 minutes and is perfect for relaxing or studying

3) Lane 8 Remix - this remix is pitched up and is about as long as the radio edit. It's a bit more uptempo, but I prefer the nice low original mix

4) Dave Dresden Remix - this mix emphasizes the drum n bass elements of the song, which I didn't particularly like, but it has its own merits.

Sounds Like: 
Kill J
Sounds Like: 
Kove