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It's one thing to make an album that is utterly original. It's a whole other thing to let that album be remade and further expand its originality. Lyra Pramuk's debut album, Fountain, was one of last year's best. Built entirely out of vocals,it re-imagined contemporary composition with mankind's oldest instrument. Delta sees Fountain being rebuilt by 13 remarkable artists from all corners of electronic music. The resulting remix album is a twisted thrill ride through Pramuk's original ... read more
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Guided by the mantra "healing doesn't happen in a straight line," Kacey Musgraves' follow-up to her perfect Golden Hour is a sanguine journey through heartbreak that is a delight to listen to. Instead of doubling down on bombastic country pop that Golden Hour dabbled in, star-crossed asks, what if Sade made a country album? This album is smooth and gentle, despite the brittleness of its lyrical content. Musgraves makes heartbreak go down easy with her velveteen voice and plush ... read more
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A truly beautiful way to spend 46 minutes. These songs are steeped in emotion and easily pull you along for the ride. This is definitely an ambient album, but one that maintains your attention and breezes by before you know it.

Seriously, I can not get enough of this album. It sounds like a late night, lonely, bus ride feels. Questions about the essence of life and love fill your mind, only to be disregarded in favor of taking in the sounds of the quiet yet expansive world around you. Field ... read more
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What a return to form! Love is Dead made me lose a lot of faith in CHVRCHES. That album lacked the spark that made their first two so enjoyable. The pre-release singles from Screen Violence had me convinced that they had really jumped the shark, but thankfully they are among the weaker tracks on the album and work better in its context. Screen Violence sees the band diving headfirst into the cinematic sounds of the 80's. This soundscape works perfectly with their typical approach to synth-pop ... read more
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Saxophone has never sounded so weightless. By placing microphones around his instrument and studio, Bendik Giske has taken what others would regard as imperfections and seek to remove from recording and transformed them into swirling compositions of saxophone and himself playing and interacting with the instrument. "Cruising" is the clear centerpiece here. It flows on for ten minutes and not a second is wasted. Whirling arpeggios and the rhythm of Giske's fingers tapping combine to ... read more
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You can't fault these tracks. They're bursting with energy and emotion. I don't know whether I want to dance or reflect on my emotional identity when listening so I usually end up doing both simultaneously.
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Guitar is at the core of Rachika Nayar's full length debut from earlier this year, Our Hands Against the Dusk. Despite its centrality to that project, it rarely appears in its naked form on the album. Nayar's music is made up of distorting, loop, chopping, stretching, and refracting guitar riffs. On Fragments, Nayar steps away from those production techniques to highlight the simple guitar sketches that are so integral to her work. They appear on this EP rather undisturbed, offering a glimpse ... read more
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We’ve been so spoiled by top notch nu-disco from the UK these past few years, I guess it’s time we got something that falls rather flat. This latest full length from Jungle is definitely stronger than their sophomore effort, but it lacks the effortless groove and sly style of their debut. This more upbeat sound suits them, as do the lush string arrangements and super catchy hooks. Yet, without a compelling voice guiding the project, the album feels aimless and missing the ... read more
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Beautiful debut album from Tomu DJ. Don’t go into this expecting massive bangers like “Goes to Bossa During Covid…”. Instead of exploring that clubbier sound, FEMINISTA sees Tomu crafting delicate, swirling, and overwhelmingly pretty dance music. Light piano chords are paired with pulsating drums, make for an almost serpentine effect. These songs wiggle around in space, turning your attention in a million different ways. It feels just as appropriate to nap to this album ... read more
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It’s taken me a while to be able to write a review of this album. I think I needed to hear it live. After getting to be at night 2 of JBrekkie’s historic, sold out, 5-night run at Union Transfer in Philly, I’m ready to turn my feelings about this album into words.

Jubilee is full-bodied indie/art-pop overflowing with emotion and beauty. The album basically has it all - anthemic bops in “Be Sweet” and “Slide Tackle”; tender ballads like “Kokomo, ... read more
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I’m so mad it took me to long to get into Mannequin Pussy. I saw them open for Japanese Breakfast last night and, whew, they are killer. This album is also all killer. “Drunk II” is obviously an anthem, but the rest of the album similarly slaps. I’m not a huge punk, or even a huge rock person, but Mannequin Pussy are just too good to resist.
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Thoroughly enjoyable, albeit a little too long, collection of electro-jazz tunes from Moritz Von Oswald, Heinrich Köbberling, and Laurel Halo. The album plays to all of their respective strengths and seamlessly ties them together. As a whole the album pushes the boundaries of jazz and its fusion with electronic music, making for a surprising and thrilling listen
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Tinashe was born a star. Her talent as a songwriter, producer, singer, dancer, etc. has always been undeniable. With each new album Tinashe highlights a different facet of her star power. 333, her latest and second release as an independent artist sees her blending upbeat R&B with Carly Rae Jepsen-esque pop for a vibrant 47 minutes. Every Tinashe album is marked by eclecticism yet cohesion, and 333 is no different.

The singles,"Pasadena" and Bouncin", are top tier Nashe ... read more
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Yellow is a unique piece in the puzzle of contemporary jazz fusion, though perhaps not the revolutionary one it could have been. Following Kylie’s example, EJT set expectations sky-high with the sublime “Say Something”. The tracks perfectly blends jazz with house to bright and sparkling results. In the context of the album, “Say Something” is a bit of an outlier though. It is the most house-leaning track on the album and stands out amongst the explicit spirituality ... read more
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A Night at the Baths is a thrilling rumination on gay spaces through trance, techno, and ambient music. On it, Ruth Mascelli strays away from the punk and psychedelia of his work in Special Interest and as Psychic Hotline. Mascelli leans into techno, dotting it with acid and ambient music, making a collection of largely pulsating tracks that do more than hint at gore beneath their glimmering facade. Mascelli does not invent any new genres or redefine the ones he works in. Though, in situating ... read more
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Róisín at her coolest. Closer to Ruby Blue than Overpowered, Róisín Murphy's third solo album is an experiment in unusual song structure, meandering electronic production, and emotional distance. Vocally, Murphy never strays too far from casual sing-talking, seemingly stripping her potent lyrics of emotionality. She instead opts to bolster the feelings expressed through her writing with exciting and unexpected electronic production. These songs unroll themselves ... read more
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I think I prefer Vol 1 to this iteration, but the bops are definitely and undeniably here. I wore "What's The Word" out all winter and will be doing the same to "Stoggaf" and "Spinning". Compared to its predecessor, the songs on here are lacking, in that Cakes' lyricism is so central that whats surround it seems to fade away. This leaves some songs ("Taste Test", "Lite Werk", and bits of "Spinning") feeling rather limp. Still, the ... read more
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Nice, high energy mix from the Overmono brothers. It highlights their recent output ("So U Kno", "If U Ever", "BMW Track"), as well as their expertise in curating a set. Some of the song choices here are particularly inspired (see Powder, Anz, and 1995 epilepsy's appearances). The mix doesn't do much to reinvent the UK techno scene. Rather, it celebrates it and provides us all with an overdue dance break.I'm sure this would hit even harder in a club, or just with a ... read more
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I was hesitant to check this out because what I love about Alice's music is its grandiosity and competing, yet harmonious instrumentation. Being just vocals and wurlitzer, I worried there would be little here for me to enjoy. Boy, was I wrong! This is far from Alice's usual sound, but it is just as engaging and moving. Alice sings and plays wurlitzer with palpable intention. The spirituality she expresses in these songs is contagious and makes listening to it a practice in reflection and ... read more
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Another lovely collection of ambient jazz tunes from Gendel and Wilkes. Like on the original Music for Saxophone and Bass Guitar, the vibe is mellow and the focus is on making compelling, yet subdued, music. The flourishes of electronics and even dance sounds that are peppered throughout grounds these otherwise weightless songs.
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