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Health ‘Death Magic’ – Album Review

Loma Vista (2015)

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

Downtown Records (2015)

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

XL (2015)

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

Moda Black (2015)

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

Virgin (2015)

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

Polydor (2015)

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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The July 2015 Dance/Electronica Playlist

From a long-awaited follow-up by a trio of protesting shoegazers, to the latest side-project from Sweden’s number one synth-pop siren, to a brand new challenger for Lorde’s alt-pop throne, here are five dance/electronica tracks that you should be blaring out of your speakers this July. The Radio Dept. – “Occupied” Continuing to take things at their own leisurely pace, Swedish shoegazers The Radio Dept finally follow up last September’s comeback […]


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The Orb ‘Moonbuilding 2703 AD’ – Album Review

After a series of collaborative albums with the likes of dub legend Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and Pink Floyd guitarist Dave Gilmour, ambient electronica pioneers Alex Paterson and Thomas Fehlmann, aka The Orb, now embark on a cosmic mission entirely unaccompanied for their 13th studio effort, Moonbuilding 2703 AD. Returning to their natural home, Kompakt Records, the duo’s first guest-free album since 2009’s Baghdad Batteries (Orbsessions Volume III) could almost be […]


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Introducing: Say Lou Lou

Out of all the glorious synth-pop acts to emerge from Scandinavia since the turn of the decade, twin sisters Miranda Anna and Elektra June Kilbey-Jansson, aka Say Lou Lou, possibly have the strongest musical pedigree. Their father, Steve Kilbey, was the frontman of Australian alt-rock giants The Church, (best-known for their 1988 US Top-40 hit “Under the Milky Way”), while their mother, Karin Jansson, was the guitarist in Swedish punk […]


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Hudson Mohawke ‘Lantern’ – Album Review

Warp (2015)

Six years on from his debut album, Kanye West favorite, TNGHT co-founder and beatmaker extraordinaire Ross Birchard, aka Hudson Mohawke, finally returns to the solo fray with the intention of “making a classic” on his sophomore release, Lantern. The follow-up to 2009’s Butter doesn’t quite fulfil the Glaswegian’s rather lofty ambitions, but alongside recent releases from the likes of Rustie and Lockah, it’s another sign that the Scottish electronica scene […]


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