synth

Artist: 
Elaquent
Label: 
Urbnet

This album is super chill. It has the same vibes as lo-fi hip hop, but with more of an electronic touch to it. I liked the contrast in "Celebrate Life!", where the higher pitched, busier sounds are contrasted with the lower, slower beats. Most of the tracks have the same, steady underlying beat that is characteristic of a lot of lo-fi hip hop tracks. "No. 540" is more jazzy, but it incorporates an electronic, video game-like vibe as well.

Sounds Like: 
Evil Needle
Name: 
Nicole Kim
Date Reviewed: 
04/23/2018
Artist: 
Medasin
Label: 
UpRise Music

IRENE is Medasin's new mix that he refers to as his "pre ep ep." It is amazingggg. The ep is a mix of more chill beats with a couple very bass-heavy songs sprinkled throughout. "Conspiracy theory" is one of them, and it's ironically heavy but chill at the same time. The ep starts with "Intro", an ambient track that builds up anticipation and eventually drops a really smooth, catchy beat. "Melody X" is a track that appears twice, the original being a lighter, melodic tune.

Sounds Like: 
flume? (skin companions)
Name: 
Nicole Kim
Date Reviewed: 
02/20/2018
Artist: 
Kauf
Label: 
One Half Records

Although classified as dance music, I don't think this RPM album would be very successful in a club. Overall, the Kauf's music is more low-fi and very beautifully composed with a myriad of different sounds characterizing each track. Listening to each song in sequence made me feel like that I was traveling to a new and different destination with each track. Thus, I would suggest that this music would be excellent for choreographed dance that would convey the destination and sense of "expedition" or "journey" that underlies each song.

Sounds Like: 
Shigeto
Sounds Like: 
Cut Copy
Name: 
Hibah Ilyas
Date Reviewed: 
10/31/2017
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

ii

Artist: 
Liima
Label: 
4AD

ii is the Danish indie synth-pop group Efterklangs first album since 2012. They actually recorded it under the name Liima with a Finish percussionist, Tatu Ronkko, so it’s Liima’s first album. On top of that, they recorded ii in three days in Berlin. So we’re just kind of covering our global bases from the get-go here.

Sounds Like: 
Very Vaugely like Animal Collective
Sounds Like: 
A Synth Danish Band
Name: 
Payton Wells
Date Reviewed: 
10/26/2016
Artist: 
Robert Glasper Experiment
Label: 
Blue Note Records

 This Album opens up with fast jazz, the kind you hear on NPR between segments, then he opens with this spoken word; "The reality is my people have given the world so many kinds of music, so many styles of music, so why should I just confine myslelf to one, we want to explore them all" after wards the beat slows, there is some disc jockey and distant speech clips and electronic sounds introduced, more of a 90's hip hop beat introduced, the rest of this song fading to a finish.

Sounds Like: 
Daft Punk, NPR,
Sounds Like: 
D'Angelo
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
10/12/2016
Artist: 
Kllo
Label: 
Ghostly International

I've been telling people for a while now that I want to move to Melbourne, Australia because of all of the great electronic music that comes out of there, and this group is no exception. Kllo, a duo made up of two cousins Simon Lam and Chlloe Kaul, simply put together a beatiful collection of music with this Well Worn EP. Their sound is so damn pure, and the production is fantastic. Each track is different, yet clearly has their signature style throughout.

Sounds Like: 
Wafia
Sounds Like: 
SBTRKT
Sounds Like: 
AlunaGeorge
Sounds Like: 
BANKS
Name: 
Zack Estes
Date Reviewed: 
09/21/2016
Artist: 
Tobacco
Label: 
Ghostly International

This album features electronic, mostly instrumental without vocals, trap like melodic rolling beats, with keyboard and syth. There are a few songs with production errors, avoid tack 2, and 3, 10, 12 track 2  will give you a headache becuase of trips in the sound and breaks that I hope are not purposeful, track 12 has about a minute of static before it ends. Other then track 2 and 12 I found the sounds enticing, compelling, repetive in a good way, fantastic work out, study or any activity that requires zoning music, for instance long drives.

Sounds Like: 
trap music, daft punk,
Sounds Like: 
Major Lazor, Thomas Dolby
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
09/19/2016
Artist: 
Chris Farren
Label: 
SideOneDummy

I’ve never heard of Chris Farren but apparently this solo debut album has been a long time coming.

Sounds Like: 
Any poppy folk singer
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
09/07/2016
Artist: 
Mood Robot
Label: 
Self-Released

Mood Robot’s newest release The Story We T

Sounds Like: 
Skylar Spence
Sounds Like: 
Moon Over Japan
Name: 
Payton Wells
Date Reviewed: 
04/21/2016
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