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Lights “Little Machines” – Album Review

Warner Bros (2014)

Canadian synth-pop songstress Valerie Poxleitner, aka the slightly more showbiz-named Lights, has cited such ground-breaking female artists as Kate Bush, Patti Smith and Bjork as inspiration for her third studio effort, Little Machines. Despite the involvement of Mark Stent, the man who helmed Bjork’s 1997 opus Homogenic, the follow-up to 2011’s mainstream breakthrough Siberia actually has little in common with the Icelandic banshee’s work, save for the gorgeously glowing electronica […]


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Simian Mobile Disco “Whorl” – Album Review

ANTI- (2014)

Never afraid to embrace the unconventional, James Ford and Jas Shaw, aka analogue masterminds Simian Mobile Disco, not only recorded their fourth LP, Whorl, in front of 900 fans on the outskirts of the Joshua Tree National Park before sprucing it up in the studio, they also entirely abandoned their usual racks of gear in favour of just one synthesiser and one sequencer each. Unsurprisingly, the London duo’s unusual choice […]


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Odesza “In Return” – Album Review

Named after a relative’s sunken ship, Odesza, aka Western Washington University graduates Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight, stick to the familiar waters of starry-eyed electronica on their second studio album, In Return. The follow-up to 2012’s Summer’s Gone, a record which instantly positioned the duo as the much-needed antidote to the EDM fratboy crowd, might not push the boat out in terms of its production, with the majority of its […]


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The September 2014 Dance/Electronica Playlist

The latest YOLO anthem, a chillwave pioneer’s clubbier alter-ego and a potential mainstream breakthrough for a veteran DJ all appear in our monthly guide to the hottest new dance/electronica releases. Charli XCX – “Break The Rules” Having finally achieved that long-awaited mainstream breakthrough with The Fault In Our Stars soundtrack cut “Boom Clap,” Tumblr-pop hit-maker Charli XCX looks set to consolidate her success with this latest taster from her forthcoming […]


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Tricky “Adrian Thaws” – Album Review

False Idols (2014)

After delivering his best record in almost two decades with last year’s False Idols, trip-hop pioneer Tricky strikes while the iron’s hot with an eleventh studio effort that shares the name he was given at birth, Adrian Thaws. The second release through the 46-year-old’s own label has been self-described as his first real club album, and although there’s little here likely to threaten David Guetta’s status as the king of […]


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Rustie “Green Language” – Album Review

Warp (2014)

The most maximalistic DJ/producer to emerge from a burgeoning Scottish dance scene responsible for the likes of Calvin Harris, Hudson Mohawke and Jackmaster, Russell White (aka, Rustie) appears determined to hold onto his hyperactive crown, judging by second studio effort Green Language. Packed with 8-bit blips and bleeps, chunky arpeggiated synths and wonky beats, the follow-up to 2011’s Glass Swords is almost as dizzying, breathless and chaotic as its predecessor, […]


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Basement Jaxx “Junto” – Album Review

Atlantic Jaxx (2014)

Named after the Spanish word for together, it’s little surprise to hear that Junto, the seventh album from Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe, aka Basement Jaxx, possesses the same sense of communal spirit that has defined their genre-straddling career. Their extra-curricular activities aside (the Attack The Block soundtrack, their collaboration with the Metropole Orchestra), it’s been five years since we heard from the enduring duo. And the follow-up to 2009’s […]


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Introducing: Ben Khan

Arriving on the electro scene in the wake of Jungle, Banks and Jai Paul, Ben Khan might be the latest in a long line of enigmatic artists refusing to reveal little more than their name to the general public. But his eclectic incorporation of everything from the blues of BB King to the hip-hop of J Dilla to the artwork of Salvadore Dali into his early work suggests that he […]


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Kimbra “The Golden Echo” – Album Review

Warner Bros (2014)

New Zealand chanteuse Kimbra’s contribution to Gotye’s Grammy-winning global number one, “Somebody That I Used To Know,” may have only lasted one minute. But as proven by her second album, The Golden Echo, not only did it propel the virtual unknown into the public’s consciousness, it also appeared to have enamoured virtually everyone on the alternative scene. Featuring various members of The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Mars Volta, Queens Of […]


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JJ “V” – Album Review

Secretly Canadian (2014)

Swedish electronic duo Joakim Benon and Elin Kastlander have certainly been ringing in the changes since 2010’s confusingly-titled sophomore jj N° 3. As well as changing their JJ moniker from lower to upper case, the one-time enigmatic pair have also recently started to embrace the concept of press attention, and most significantly, have now swapped the lo-fi for the grandiose on their orchestral-led third album, V. However, fans of their […]


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Porter Robinson “Worlds” – Album Review

Astralwerks (2014)

Arriving on the EDM scene almost at the exact point it exploded in America, 22-year-old North Carolina producer Porter Robinson became something of a poster boy for the brash-is-best generation. However, having grown tired of gigantic bass drops and hedonistic beats, his debut album, Worlds, sees him bravely abandoning the sound that launched him to fame in favour of hopping across a whole host of sub-genres while simultaneously showcasing his […]


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Introducing: Broods

Following in the footsteps of Haim and Disclosure, New Zealand duo Broods, aka lead vocalist Georgia Nott and her multi-instrumentalist brother Caleb, are the latest musical siblings set to make a dent on the charts thanks to their engaging blend of gloomy synth-pop and highly relatable reflections on that tricky transition from youth to adulthood. Hailing from the city of Nelson, Broods grew up on the music of ABBA, Neil […]


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FKA Twigs “LP1” – Album Review

Young Turks (2014)

Following in the footsteps of J-Lo, 26-year-old Tahlia Barnett, aka FKA Twigs, has made the move from backing dancer to pop star appear effortless. However, as evident by her simply-titled debut album, LP1, the artist named after the way her joints crack is a much more intriguing proposition than either Ms. Lopez or Jessie J (the showboating diva behind whom she performed in the videos for “Do It Like A […]


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The Electronic Music Playlist August 2014

From the welcome return of two chill-out scene maestros to the latest chart-topping remix to a potential drum n’ bass classic, here’s a look at five dance/electronica tracks you need to look out for in the month of August. Lilly and the Prick – “Prayer In C (Robin Schulz Remix)” Having previously transformed Dutch soul singer Mr. Probz’ ballad “Waves” into a sun-kissed chill-out classic, German producer Robin Schulz now […]


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Diplo “Random White Dude Be Everywhere” – Album Review

Mad Decent (2014)

Named after a comment on one of his several provocative videos from a rather astute YouTube user, Random White Dude Be Everywhere sees super-producer Diplo serve up a mixed bag of twerk classics, brand new cuts and remixes in a bid to confirm that he’s still the master of organised chaos. With Bieber, Britney and Usher just a few of the artists who’ve recently chosen to utilise the 35-year-old’s speaker-blasting […]


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