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Artist: 
Edamame
Label: 
Gravitas Recordings

 

I am, and have always been, absolutely huge on anything that can calm me down and bring me to a place of serenity, and Edamame achieves this throughout the new album, "Bask". His use of percussion in conjunction with pleasant melodic tones (electronic, percussive, and otherwise) creates an atmosphere to his music that is particularly Zen for me. As a Masters student trying to drag his way through the Architecture program at the moment, anything that can make me stand still and breathe for a moment is always appreciated.

Sounds Like: 
De Vega
Sounds Like: 
Ocean Shiver
Sounds Like: 
Marga Sol
Name: 
Chris Ewing
Date Reviewed: 
09/22/2017
Artist: 
LCD Soundsytem
Label: 
Excelsior Equity Management of NY

Two summers ago, at FYF, I danced myself clean. My twin brothers were adamant in introducing me to this group I had never heard before, and so naturally, I tagged along. In my experience, live shows emphasize the true talent of a recording artist. LCD Soundsystem is a band that should be truly appreciated in a concert setting. Even though I was 200 feet from the stage, I felt as though I was right beside them singing and dancing alongside with my brothers. Even though this was my first time seeing them, the rhythmic melody seemed to find a familiar place in my ear.

Sounds Like: 
Hot Chip
Sounds Like: 
Moby
Name: 
Maximilian Serventi
Date Reviewed: 
09/21/2017
Artist: 
Alice Glass
Label: 
Loma Vista

It's been three years since former Crystal Castles vocalist and co-founder Alice Glass departed from the beloved electronic group to embark on her solo career. After the release of a few singles ("Stillbirth", "Without Love"), Glass surprised dropped her first extended play and formal release, rightfully self-titled Alice Glass. Although there are definitely some Crystal Castles influences here, fans will be surprised to find some surprising new elements that can be heard in the EP.

Sounds Like: 
Crystal Castles
Sounds Like: 
Death Grips
Sounds Like: 
Grimes
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2017
Artist: 
Dua Lipa // Pink Panda
Label: 
Pink Panda

"New Rules" by Dua Lipa is an instant jam, so much so that its various (and multifarious) remixes either up the already heightened ante or else fall completely flat. The Pink Panda Remix starts off fairly lackluster, a very basic twangy beat that lasts 15 seconds before Dua Lipa's voice layers in just as it normally does in the original song. The remix stays pretty steady with that same beat until the chorus, when it peaks with a more subtle, electro beat.

Sounds Like: 
Garage Band
Name: 
Hannah Isaac
Date Reviewed: 
09/19/2017
Artist: 
Floating Points
Label: 
Luaka Bop

    The artist Floating Points, an English electronic musician and Neuroscientist who has been making music for roughly 3 to 4 years with several albums available on spotify has dropped his 2017 album "Reflections- Mojave Desert." His newest album makes his history in science evident through its experimental samples and meditative like composition.

Sounds Like: 
Meditation music
Sounds Like: 
Yoga Spa background noise with a tough of classical musical awareness
Sounds Like: 
Pink Floyd
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
09/19/2017
Artist: 
ODESZA
Label: 
Foreign Family Collective

“You know that story of the Russian cosmonaut?” a girl murmurs through a hazy sound. In this sample from Another Earth (2011), she goes on to explain that to avoid madness the cosmonaut must fall in love with a ticking sound coming from somewhere on his rocket. We hear the ticking too, and in a burst of sound it’s transformed into the tempo of the title track on A Moment Apart, ODESZA’s third studio album.

Sounds Like: 
Early M83
Sounds Like: 
Flume
Sounds Like: 
Big Wild (Who is on their record label)
Name: 
Payton Wells
Date Reviewed: 
09/19/2017
Artist: 
Giraffage feat. Matosic
Label: 
Counter Records

Review of "Slowly"-Single from Giraffage feat. Matosic

 

        Stars out sounding like a Jamiroquai song (think "Virtual Insantiy" album), later on the track branches out to deep EDM Undertones.

Sounds Like: 
Jamiroquai
Sounds Like: 
EDM
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
09/15/2017
Artist: 
KMFDM
Label: 
Ear Music

KMFDM, featuring compositions by Sascha Konietzko with accompanying artists presents a total of five tracks, at about four minutes each. Three of the five songs are altered versions of their hit track, Hell Yeah, the other tracks being Freak Flag and Attak, a special release available on this EP. All songs presented are fantastic, and reminiscent of late-nineties era electronic music, the first track initially reminding me of the early days of Crystal Method.

Sounds Like: 
Crystal Method
Sounds Like: 
Raymond Watts
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
09/14/2017
Artist: 
Hippie Sabotage
Label: 
Hippie Sabotage

Review of Hippie Sabotage’s album “Drifter”

By J.S. Rice

 

      The track “Peyote” starts out slow and otherworldly and then evolves into this full-blown marriage between mosh pit like head banging and a dancehall feel from the bass. Later on, touches of EDM are being dropped.

Sounds Like: 
Chainsmokers
Sounds Like: 
Citizen Cope
Sounds Like: 
Jack Johnson
Sounds Like: 
Fantasy Movie Score
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
09/09/2017
Artist: 
Moon Boots
Label: 
Anjunadeep

I love the album artwork, it represents the music well by having texture, futuristic visuals and color. It is very groovy, a bit jazzy at times.

Sounds Like: 
Disclosure
Sounds Like: 
Pat Look
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
09/06/2017
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