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FKA twigs ‘M3LL155X’ – E.P. Review

The release out of nowhere, the accompanying videos for nearly all of its tracks, the recruitment of producer Boots – FKA twigs’ surprise E.P., M3LL155X, may share several things in common with Beyoncé’s self-titled opus, but its five tracks show that sonically, the two stars remain poles apart. Named after her “personal female energy,” (pronounced Melissa), the more imaginatively-titled follow-up to 2013’s EP2 certainly won’t spawn any radio or chart […]

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Introducing: Milk & Bone

A one-time member of Cirque de Soleil and a classically trained trombonist don’t seem the most likely candidates to spearhead Canada’s alt-R&B scene, but as the curiously named Milk & Bone, Camille Poliquin and Laurence Lafond-Beaulne are doing just that. The Montreal-based duo first met as music program students at the Cegep de Saint-Laurent in their teens, where they both honed their skills as multi-instrumentalists. After graduating, they went onto join […]

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Teen Daze ‘Morning World’ – Album Review

Having pioneered the chillwave movement with a prolific run of four albums in three years, Vancouver producer Jamison, aka Teen Daze, takes a new tack for his fifth studio effort, Morning World. Indeed, the ambient electronica that defined the likes of 2013 predecessor Glacier has been all but abandoned, and in its place is a more organic, if equally hazy, guitar-led sound co-produced by San Francisco journeyman John Vanderslice (Spoon, […]

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Health ‘Death Magic’ – Album Review

Six years on from their last proper studio effort, Los Angeles noise-makers Health finally return to the fold with Death Magic, a record apparently inspired by artists as diverse as Depeche Mode and Rihanna. The mention of the Barbadian superstar may ring alarm bells for those who prefer the electro-punks firmly in aggressive/confrontational mode. But although the long-awaited follow-up to 2009’s Get Color occasionally veers into surprisingly poppy territory, there’s […]

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Introducing: A.G. Cook

The name A.G. Cook might not be immediately familiar, but as the founder of the most “love it or hate it” music label in recent memory, he has been credited with redefining style and youth culture in 2015 and beyond. Home to a plethora of manufactured yet entirely enigmatic acts (Hannah Diamond, Lipgloss Twins, Princess Bambi), all of whom peddle a dizzying blend of tween-pop, happy hardcore and K-pop, P.C. […]

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Paul Kalkbrenner ‘7’ – Album Review

His first release since signing a major deal with Sony Records, German techno maestro Paul Kalkbrenner‘s album 7 raids the label’s vaults for a “life-embracing” affair, suggesting that elusive mainstream breakthrough in America may be just around the corner. Indeed, with its sample of Luther Vandross’ 80s classic “A Thousand Kisses,” “A Million Days” could well follow in the chart-topping footsteps of Robin Schulz’s similar tropical house makeovers, while the […]

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The August 2015 MIMO Dance/Electronica Playlist

From a deep house reinvention from the world’s richest DJ, to a dream-pop dream team, to a forgotten hip-hop track’s unlikely renaissance, here are five dance/electronica tracks you need to wrap your ears around this month. Robin Schulz feat. Francesco Yates – “Sugar” German DJ Robin Schulz cements his status as the king of the remixers by transforming “Suga Suga,” a forgotten 2003 single from Mexican-American rapper Baby Bash, into […]

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Mas Ysa ‘Seraph’ – Album Review

Three years after making the leap from the fields of modern dance composition and visual art to the land of indietronica under the guise of Mas Ysa, multi-talented Canadian Thomas Arsenault now unveils his debut album, Seraph. As one might expect from a man with such an artistic background, the follow-up to last year’s Worth E.P. has a touch of the avant-garde about it, particularly exemplified by the 31-year-old’s distinctive […]

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Ratatat ‘Magnifique’ – Album Review

Returning after a five-year absence, Mike Stroud and Evan Mast, a.k.a. Brooklyn electronic rock duo Ratatat, only heightened expectations when it was revealed that they had named their fifth studio effort Magnifique. The long-awaited follow-up to 2010’s LP4 doesn’t quite live up to its boastful title, but there are enough flashes of inspiration amongst its 14 instrumentals to justify the pair’s apparent unwavering confidence. “Drift” is an intriguingly spooky slice […]

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Groove Armada ‘Little Black Book’ – Album Review

Part studio effort, part remix album and part compilation, the hodgepodge new release from Andy Cato and Tom Findlay, a.k.a. British electronic duo Groove Armada, sounds like a curious affair on paper; but sadly Little Black Book is far less intriguing in reality. Indeed, following on from British DJ Hot Since ‘82’s debut, the second installment of the Moda Black series is likely to test the patience of even the […]

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Introducing: Jess Glynne

Like many featured artists-turned-stars in their own right (John Newman, Sam Smith, Rita Ora), flame-haired British vocalist Jess Glynne had already achieved chart-topping success long before her first official solo release. However, having only made a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance in the video for Clean Bandit’s Grammy-winning electro-classical smash “Rather Be,” and had her soulful tones twisted beyond all recognition for Route 94’s deep house throwback “My Love,” the 25-year-old was still […]

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The Chemical Brothers ‘Born in the Echoes’ – Album Review

Fresh from their triumphant laser-firing headline set at Glastonbury, Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons, a.k.a. big beat pioneers The Chemical Brothers, now return with their first studio effort in five years, Born in the Echoes. For a duo renowned for pushing the boundaries of the electronic world, it’s a little surprising to hear that the first half of their long-awaited follow-up to 2010’s Further appears so safe and overly-familiar. The […]

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Introducing: Kygo

EDM powerhouse Avicii may only be 25 years old, but he’s already inspired a new wave of producers with the potential to follow in his globe-conquering footsteps. Just one year his junior, Norwegian Kyrre Gorvell-Dahll, aka Kygo, is perhaps the one whose burgeoning career is the most indebted to the baby-faced Swede. A classically trained pianist who first picked up his instrument of choice at age six, Kygo’s journey into […]

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Years and Years ‘Communion’ – Album Review

Crowned the winners of the BBC’s prestigious Sound of 2015 poll, Years and Years may be fronted by a rising star of the British film scene, but their debut album, Communion, suggests that Hollywood may have to wait. Of course, Olly Alexander, whose list of acting credits includes Great Expectations, God Help the Girl and The Riot Club, has already proven himself a majestic vocalist, with his gossamer falsetto on […]

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Guillermo del Toro Is Launching A Horror Film Contest

Guillermo del Toro. He’s one of the biggest names in the movie business. He writes, directs, and produces his films. He also produces other peoples films. Meaning he cherry picks brilliant works that wouldn’t be seen by a wide audience and he, through his fast connection network, is able to get them wider distribution. Well, now the man is taking his producer habits one step further. He’s launching a contest. […]

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Watch David Fincher’s New Gap Ads

David Fincher is one of the greatest living directors. He’s created masterpieces like Fight Club, Seven, and Zodiac. He also directed Alien 3. But that’s neither her, nor their. He’s a man who, with some regularity, creates some of our culture’s most talked about films. And on occasion he directs commercials. It’s a fairly common occurrence. Directors working in commercials allows them to make smaller films, with less risk, at […]

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Michael Fassbender Has Ideas For X-men: Apocalypse

Michael Fassbender is, arguably, one of the biggest stars on the surface of planet Earth, currently. He’s a leading man who can pull massive crowds into a theatre and simultaneously win numerous amounts of awards. We’ll have to wait till May 2016 to find out exactly what Fassbender, Kinberg, and company have in store for us. I, for one, am really excited to see what happens. I’m really into the […]

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Donald Glover To Play Miles Morales in Ultimate Spider-man Cartoon

In 2010, the Amazing Spider-man was rumbling to life. People were saying that Sony was going to reboot the franchise and of course the topic of what actor could take over the role of Spider-man was an instant debate. One of the names the quickly became a source of heated discussion was Donald Glover. Fans of the actor-rapper-writer were convinced that he could play Peter Parker, while more conservative individuals […]

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Ridley Scott Talks Prometheus and Blade Runner Sequels

Ridley Scott has a line of projects that seems to circle the block. He’s wrapping up Exodus: Gods and Kings, then he’s moving on to The Martian, with Matt Damon, and then he’ll finally be getting around to the films that everyone wants him to make Blade Runner 2 and Prometheus 2. Scott recently sat down with EW and had a few things to say about each of the upcoming […]

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Bond 24 In Need Of A New ‘Iconic’ Henchman

Bond 24 is inching towards production. They have a script, they have a director and an established cast. What they don’t have is a cool new henchman, apparently. A casting call just went out for a man who is above 6’2”, age 30 – 45, and has a ‘ very unusual look’. What that means is they’re looking for someone who is taller than Bond, and has the capability to […]

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Parks and Rec Blooper Reel

Parks and Rec is inching towards completion. And as such interesting odds and ends from is sixth season are ending up online. Check out this hilarious blooper reel from the season. Needless to say, Parks and Rec has one of the most comedically gifted casts currently on TV. Watching Chris Pratt, Amy Poehler, Adam Scott, Nick Offerman, and Aubrey Plaza in these bloopers makes me almost wish the show was […]

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‘Young Ones’ Looks Absolutely Jaw Dropping

Young Ones is the second feature film from writer and director Jake Paltrow. It’s a futuristic western with an amazing cast that looks absolutely spectacular. The film appears to have gravitas and empathy in spades. Set in a futuristic dystopian world where drought has covered the United States, the film follows a family and their struggles to find equilibrium in this new unforgiving world. The cast includes Michael Shannon, Elle […]

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The Emmys Don’t Matter

The Emmy’s have long been the strange, slightly gangly, socially awkward cousin in the award show family. They don’t really matter. They’re there. They’re at the table. They’re frequently seen around at family functions. But most people don’t like them. They’re certainly not the Oscars. The pride and joy of the family. The accomplished and good looking favorite child. They’re not even the Golden Globes, the stocky, slightly less accomplished […]

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Men, Women, and Children

Jason Reitman is one of those directors that you always need to keep an eye on. He’s always in the background, doing interesting things. While other directors with his level of clout would be attempting to direct Transformers 16, he’s out making interesting, character based pictures. His latest effort is entitled Men, Women, and Children. What’s it about? The intersection of technology and the human condition.  

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Jackie Chan Needs To See A Script For Rush Hour 4

In the endless deluge of sequels, reboots, preboots, and remakes I can honestly say I’ve never heard anyone say ‘Man, I wish there was another Rush Hour movie’. Well, apparently there are plans slowly rumbling to life. Somewhere there’s a studio executive who is attempting to breathe new life into the franchise. While promoting the Chinese Zodiac, Jackie Chan sat down with Jonathan Ross and answered some questions. One of […]

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William H Macy’s ‘Rudderless’ Looks Heartwarming

William H Macy is one of the few ‘that guy’ actors who has transcended character acting and become a household name. In films like Fargo, Magnolia, The Cooler and Mystery Men Macy has showcased his skills and verisimilitude at every turn. The man is an amazing talent. Well, now it looks like Macy is turning his skills to another aspect of filmmaking. Namely, being behind the camera.  

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The Revenge of the Green Dragons

Crime movies are released pretty regularly. They’re easy to make from a logistical point of view. They don’t require tons of special effects and high profile actors. But, let’s be honest, most of them aren’t earth shattering. They’re just not. Yeah, of course there are amazing crime films made. But let’s be real. They’re few and far between. Well, the godfather of crime films is executive producing a new one […]

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Guillermo del Toro Might Use TV’s Constantine For His Justice League Dark Film

Guillermo del Toro has been plugging away at his filmic ‘To Do’ list for a good while now. He’s slowly movie towards filming highly anticipated franchise installments Hellboy 3, Pacific Rim 2, and his Lovercraft love letter Mountains of Madness. However there’s one film that seems to still be lurking in the dark corners of Hollywood that has del Toro’s name still attached to it. Justice League Dark. With the […]

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