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Artist: 
Kllo
Label: 
Ghostly International

Chloe Kaul and Simon Lam, AKA Kllo, have come up with an album that is easy to listen to. Kaul's vocals are light and airy but are strong enough to send shivers down my spine. It sounds so effortless but it emits so much passion and feeling. Lam does an incredible job incorporating the instrumentals to give each track another element of depth. I would describe the tracks as quiet--that they require a close ear to truly appreciate and can be easily overlooked. However, when you do pay attention the music calms the heart but also evokes strong feelings of desire, loss and adventure.

Sounds Like: 
Years and Years
Sounds Like: 
Yumi Zouma
Name: 
Hibah Ilyas
Date Reviewed: 
11/20/2017
Artist: 
Tourist
Label: 
Monday Records

On this EP, Tourist manages to use minimalism and layering to create tracks that sound surprisingly complex for the relative sparseness of each of the tracks. Each track is distinctly different, and has a different singer. However, they blend together wonderfully and the EP flows very well. Even though each track has complex layering and processing, they all come off as very simple and minimalistic, in a good way. The layering also allows each track to build up and crescendo as more parts are added, which makes them sound fantastic.

Sounds Like: 
Jamie XX
Sounds Like: 
Bonobo
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
11/20/2017
Artist: 
GGOOLLDD
Label: 
Roll Call Records

From Milwaukee, Wisconsin, GGOOLLDD’s album TEETH has a lot to offer. With the band’s garage-pop genre of in your face vocals and distorted guitar riffs, All of TEETH’s tracks enter strong and leave stronger. “Without You” is probably my favorite track due to the sheer variety of different sounds that GGOOLLDD was able to combine into one cohesive sample. All of the songs on this album range in the 3-4 minute mark, but “Without You” felt like it went on for forever- but in the best way possible.

Sounds Like: 
Phantogram
Sounds Like: 
Bloods
Sounds Like: 
Zella Day
Name: 
Brendan Bogar
Date Reviewed: 
11/15/2017
Artist: 
Mitú
Label: 
Zzk Records

The South American country Colombia is the main influence of the duo Mitú’s second album Cosmus. The duo uses organic sounds mixed with techno beats to create a nature centered album in the sub-genre called jungle techno. The album is a tribute the landscape and beauty of Colombia and can be heard through the sounds of nature in the album mixed with traditional drums.

Sounds Like: 
Congo Natty
Sounds Like: 
Jack Smooth
Name: 
Jaclyn Kelly
Date Reviewed: 
11/15/2017
Artist: 
Krane
Label: 
Wandering Music Records

Krane is really open to influence with his open DJ sessions where he welcomes in any and all DJs to submit music. Krane's new album Fallout is really exciting. It's experimental, exciting and really pretty. This album is bass house which may be a lot for some EDM but this album is really glittery, and a lot of fun. The beats on this album are groovy and just so pretty. I don't know how else to explain this album outside really pretty, exciting and cinematic.  Every song has a different feel and groove to it, creating a really glittery and pretty sound.

Sounds Like: 
Graves
Sounds Like: 
Boombox Cartel
Sounds Like: 
R.L. Grime
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
11/15/2017
Artist: 
Lindstrøm
Label: 
Feedelity, Smalltown Supersound

 

 

Although I've been a fan of Scandanavian/Nordic electronic music for quite some time, I went into reviewing this album having never listened to Lindstrom before. I can say with a great deal of confidence that, having listen through the whomle album (several times now, in fact), I've come out the other side a strong fan of Lindstrøm.

Sounds Like: 
Royksopp
Sounds Like: 
Prins Thomas
Sounds Like: 
Byorn Torske
Name: 
Chris ewing
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2017
Artist: 
Chico Mann & Capitan Planet
Label: 
Bastard Jazz Recordings

“Oye Bien” starts with a simple drum beat and repetitive vocals, with the sounds of birds in the background. It makes you feel like you’re in a rainforest. The song maintains the simple drum beat and relatively simple, repetitive vocals throughout, but layers guitar, marimba, and other instruments on top to create a relaxing and upbeat vibe. “Come Me Miras” has a heavy but slow beat that would be fun to dance to.

Sounds Like: 
Bomba Esterio
Sounds Like: 
Pernett
Name: 
Madeline Friberg-Landon
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2017
Artist: 
Project Pablo
Label: 
Ninja Tune

I can really appreciate what the artist was trying to accomplish with this EP, but the music just was not for me. Personally, I found the tracks slightly repetitive, and this unvaried style made me a little bored since there were no change ups in the beat. Since there were no lyrics, I understand that it is pretty difficult for the artist to create a track that captures you in the same way.

Sounds Like: 
Red Axes
Name: 
Chloe Hislop
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2017
Artist: 
Pretty Lights
Label: 
Pretty Lights Music

The track starts out with a menacingly metallic intro with some dialogue filtered to the point of inaudibilty but, don't let that fool you, the brief intro slickly crossfades into a refreshingly revamped and melodic mix that heavily incorporates a sampled funky throwback song called "Strawberry Letter 23" by The Brothers Johnson. This song is so much fun and it really had me tapping my foot while being in a great mood.

Sounds Like: 
GRIZ
Sounds Like: 
Break Science
Name: 
Kiara Johnson
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2017
Artist: 
Fever Ray