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Artist: 
Coucheron
Label: 
The Toothfairy Label

If Marshmello and Chormeo had a love child you get Coucheron. Yes that's right, this artist is really pushin the happy and deep vibes, with a touch of some modern Chainsmokers, this guy could hit stardom in no time. My favorite single, Barely Floating, brings a really nice and cute percussive feel, that makes it easy to chill to. This artist reminds me of Mord Fustang, the early stuff where it almost sounded like Deadmau5 but it didn't, yeah it brought me there. This album needs to be played on the radio, I know for sure it will be on mine.

Sounds Like: 
Chromeo
Sounds Like: 
Marshemello
Name: 
Alex Paris
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2017
Artist: 
Chromesparks
Label: 
Future Classic

If you've ever wanted to understand how Mr. Krabs could have enjoyed that song that went "boo boo beep beep", then this is the single for you. "Wake" is a 2017 album by chromesparks, an RPM style band who has tour dates so they're pretty popular I would hope. When I listened to this song I felt like I was being abducted by whispering robots, so that was pretty cool. I liked the beat, and generally anything with a poppy beat and robo-influenced synthesizers is a-okay by me.

Sounds Like: 
FFO Giraffage
Sounds Like: 
Slow Magic
Sounds Like: 
xxyyxx
Name: 
Jacob Sky Bruse
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2017
Artist: 
Petrolane
Label: 
Future Everything

Petrolane's LP "How Long" is a very experimental LP that has a lot of fun Middle Eastern Flair. This album starts out strong, with a really cool experimental rhythm, using a lot of auditory negative space which I really enjoy. The second song "Adventures" was a little too weird for my taste but overall in the album that was the only song I didnt exactly like, the album sort of found its place after the second song.

Sounds Like: 
Neat Beats
Sounds Like: 
Flume in BollyWood
Name: 
Patrick Baker
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2017
Artist: 
Matteo Vallicelli
Label: 
Captured Tracks

Matteo Vallicelli is perhaps most widely known as the touring drummer for post punks The Soft Moon. Vallicelli recently made his solo debut with Primo, a radical departure from the punk and hardcore of his other outfit. Primo is a instrumental electronic record that brings Tim Hecker and Oneohtrix Point Never to mind. The songs are slow crescendos of synths, that morph and move into different vibes in interesting and novel ways.

Sounds Like: 
Tim Hecker
Sounds Like: 
Black Marble
Name: 
Nick Kivi
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2017
Artist: 
Mozart's Sisters
Label: 
Arbutus Records

Overall, there was much potential to be had in this album. Unfortunately, it seemed almost like it was trying too hard to be experimental while simoultaneously trying to be mainstream, lowest common demoninator music. What I mean in that is that the energy it builds throughout the album is wasted by subpar drops, at half the tempo of the actual buildup. Baroque Baby is just a cluster; the unsycopated vocals with the arpegiation just makes it sound chaotic and out of time.

Sounds Like: 
Calvin Harris
Sounds Like: 
Zedd
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
03/21/2017
Artist: 
Foreign Family Colective
Label: 
Odesza Record Label

This album I happened to partner up with my friend, a hardcore fan of EDM and House music, and had him voice is own opinion on the music, but we were both in relative agreement about the quality of the sound. Overall, the album is a wonderful representation of two contrasting sounds, and introduces almost two entirely separate subgenres that, while wholesomely unique unto themselves, offer a singularly fantastic introduction into the world of House music. The first track is very pleasant, more of a happy and joyous sound, and it makes the listener want to jump in and dance to the beat.

Sounds Like: 
New Order
Sounds Like: 
Eric Prydz
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
03/21/2017
Artist: 
Big Wild
Label: 
Foreign Family Collective

I've been obsessed with the song "Invincible," for weeks, so I was very excited when I found out that this EP had come out. Big Wild is on Odesza's label Foreign Family, so their music already kind of comes with its own seal of approval. You can expect catchy, melodic buildups that turn into anthemic EDM songs. I was very surprised when I found out that this is Big Wild's first non-single release, even if it is just an EP.

Sounds Like: 
Jai Wolf
Sounds Like: 
Odesza
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2017
Artist: 
Justice
Label: 
Ed Banger Records

"Woman" by Justice isn't exactly anything new from the French electronic duo but that doesn't prevent it from still being a great album. There are occasionally songs that aren't the usual electronic pop and synth sounds that they usually rely on, such as "Heavy Metal" and "Chorus." While I believe these songs mostly serve to keep the album from sounding too monotonous, they still provide content and variety so I wouldn't necessarily pass over them.

Sounds Like: 
Daft Punk
Sounds Like: 
Chase & Status
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2017
Artist: 
PVT
Label: 
Felte

After a four year hiatus, PVT, has released a new album titled, New Spirit. The first thing that caught my eye was the album art, it is very modern, bright and intriguing.

Sounds Like: 
Beacon
Sounds Like: 
Junior Boys
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
03/01/2017
Artist: 
Noise
Label: 
Self-Released

I picked this album up out of the bin thinking the album art was cool and not really reading the tracklist fully. I signed it out, went home, and realized that even though this is a 10 song album, 8 of them are literally remixes of the first two songs. And THEN I realized that this isn't even an album, but a promotional sampler. So this isn't an album. I'm not reviewing an album. Anyways, on with the review.

Sounds Like: 
Bassnectar
Sounds Like: 
Knife Party
Name: 
Jacob Sky Bruse
Date Reviewed: 
02/21/2017
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