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Skrillex Recess

Skrillex “Recess” – Album Review

OWSLA (2014)

Since reinventing himself as a hipster-haired master of brostep, Skrillex has been adopted as a hero by the fratboy festival crowd, worked with everyone from psychedelic rock gods The Doors to French DJ crew Birdy Nam Nam and won an astonishing six Grammy Awards, all without the aid of a proper full-length studio effort. Seven years after leaving post-hardcore outfit From First To Last to pursue a solo career, the […]

MO No Mythologies to Follow

MØ “No Mythologies To Follow” – Album Review

Sony (2014)

Despite the sheer volume of electro-pop starlets recently emerging from Scandinavia, the debut album from 25-year-old Dane Karin Marie Ørsted, aka MØ, proves that the movement hasn’t reached its saturation point just yet. If anything, No Mythologies To Follow could arguably be one of its defining records. Indeed, if MØ’s recent inspired cover of the Spice Girls’ “Say You’ll Be There,” which transformed the 90s pop classic into a brooding […]

Tensnake Glow

Tensnake “Glow” – Album Review

Virgin (2014)

At the forefront of the nu-disco scene, German DJ/producer Marco Niemerski, aka Tensnake, produced one of this decade’s first undisputable modern dance classics with the 808 snares, glossy synths and soulful vocal samples of 2010’s “Coma Cat.” But forced to start from scratch following a hard drive crash which wiped out the entirety of his debut, we’ve had to wait nearly four years to find out whether he’s capable of […]

Pharrell Girl

Pharrell Should be Happy About “G I R L”—Album Review

Columbia/Black Lot (2014)

It’s the hat. It’s gotta be the hat. Maybe that oversized mountain hat is a good luck charm on Pharrell Williams’ latest album G I R L. His latest effort oozes charm, throwback soul grooves, symphonic strings and well… joy. Lyrics are light, thankful, generally uncomplicated, sometimes awkward, and often quirky. It just makes you “Happy” – like his worldwide smash hit. “Happy” (from the film Despicable Me 2), which […]

Lea Michele Louder

Lea Michele Enters the Battlefield with “Louder” –Album Review

Columbia (2014)

There’s a gorgeous piano ballad called “Battlefield” on Lea Michele’s debut album Louder that is perhaps more apropos than even she realizes—because truly, in so many ways, she’s dropping this record into one.  A battlefield, that is. Before we get into the songs themselves, let’s start by taking a look at the field, and just how much was working against Lea Michele before the album even came out of the […]

Metronomy Love Letters

Metronomy “Love Letters” – Album Review

Because Music (2014)

From the glitchy instrumental electro of debut Pip Paine (Pay The £5000 You Owe) to the follow-up nu-rave concept album Nights Out to the avant-garde pop of the Mercury Prize-nominated The English Riviera, experimental quartet Metronomy have built a career on wrong-footing listeners at every turn, thanks to their penchant for the gloriously wonky. Recorded at Hackney’s all analogue Toe Rag Studios, their fourth album, Love Letters, is no less […]

Neneh Cherry Blank Project

Neneh Cherry “Blank Project” – Album Review

Smalltown Supersound (2014)

An astonishing 18 years have passed since Swedish pop trailblazer Neneh Cherry last released a solo album. But the predecessor to M.I.A., Santigold and every other genre-bending female artist of the last two decades certainly hasn’t spent the gap relying solely on the royalties from “Buffalo Stance.” As well as guesting on records by 1 Giant Leap, Gorillaz and Kleerup, Eagle-Eye’s sister joined the experimental jazz outfit inspired by her […]

Beck Morning Phase

Beck “Morning Phase”—Album Review

Capitol (2014)

Let’s get this part out of the way:  Beck aficionados will not be able to listen to his new album Morning Phase without immediately associating it with 2002’s Sea Change.  They are cut from the same cloth: slow-paced, highly introspective, somber, hangover-infused songs with an appropriate tip-of-the-hat style-wise to Laurel Canyon and Neil Young. The two records are sisters in that they sound very like each other, and very different […]

Phantogram Voices

Phantogram “Voices” – Album Review

Republic (2014)

Previously a cult concern, New York duo Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel, aka Phantogram, have become inescapable of late, gracing everything from razor commercials to the MTV reboot of Teen Wolf, collaborating with Big Boi on three songs from his solo debut and The Flaming Lips’ on their space-rock opus The Terror, and courting the young adult crowd by contributing to the Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack. Produced by John […]

CEO Wonderland

CEO “Wonderland” – Album Review

Modular (2014)

Formerly of Swedish electro-pop duo The Tough Alliance, Eric Berglund now promises to “make your head spin so much you feel like hopping between neon glowing islands on a quad bike” with Wonderland, the second album released under his flamboyant CEO alter-ego. While such a claim sounds slightly absurd on paper, it’s one which begins to make sense once you’ve heard the album’s eight other-worldly, colourful and utterly chaotic tracks […]

Katy B Little Red

Katy B “Little Red” – Album Review

Sony (2014)

One of the few viable pop stars to emerge from the dubstep scene, Katy B appealed to both clubbers and homebodies alike with a strikingly self-assured debut pitched perfectly between the charts and the London club scene. But no longer the teenage party girl, her second studio effort, Little Red, is a much more introspective affair which largely abandons her bass-heavy roots in favour of a shimmering electro sound, bringing […]

Eric Church The Outsiders

Eric Church “The Outsiders” –Album Review

EMI Records Nashville (2014)

Despite his previous album Chief going Platinum and scoring top hits like “Springsteen” and “Drink In My Hand,” it seems as though Eric Church has continued to skirt the edges of country superstardom, fighting to be seen past the huge shadows cast by Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton and Florida Georgia Line. With his new release The Outsiders, however, Church is prepared to blast right through those shadows to carve out […]

Bombay Bicycle Club So Long

Bombay Bicycle Club “So Long, See You Tomorrow”—Album Review

Universal Island Records (2014)

Over the years, London-based indie-rockers Bombay Bicycle Club have developed an interesting reputation in that the one predictable thing about them is their unpredictability. We buy records from our favorite other bands because we pretty much know what to expect, but we buy BBC records for the opposite reason—because we don’t know what they’re going to sound like this time, but we have to find out. It’s a risky prospect […]

Above and Beyond Acoustic

Above & Beyond “Acoustic” – Album Review

Anjunabeats (2014)

Following on from their triumphant sold-out shows at London’s Porchester Hall and Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre last year, trance veterans Above & Beyond now continue their unlikely love-in with all things unplugged for their fourth studio album, Acoustic. Renowned for its thumping four-to-the-floor beats and soaring hands-in-the-air synths, the British trio’s genre of choice seems an unusual fit to receive such a stripped-back treatment. But the group have always placed […]

Duck Sauce Duck Droppings

Duck Sauce “Duck Droppings” – EP Review

Fool's Gold (2014)

Four years after famously combining a Boney M anthem with a shout-out to Barbra Streisand, Brooklyn-based superduo Duck Sauce, aka DJs Armand Van Helden and A-Trak, have yet to drop their much-anticipated debut album, Quack. But perhaps aware that their fans will soon start to look for their fix of classic disco-funk elsewhere, the Brooklyn-based pair are now giving away their second EP, Duck Droppings, entirely for free. (See below.) […]