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Giorgio Moroder ‘Déjà Vu’ – Album Review

Having recently come out of retirement to lend his golden touch to records by Daft Punk, Coldplay and Haim, Italian dance legend Giorgio Moroder continues his unlikely second wind with his first new studio album in three decades, Déjà Vu. In recruiting a whole host of contemporary chart stars, most of whom weren’t even born when the last album came out (i.e., 1985’s collaborative LP with Phil Oakey), the undisputed […]

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Leftfield ‘Alternative Light Source’ – Album Review

Infectious Music (2015)

Sixteen years after Rhythm and Stealth both cemented Leftfield as one of the UK’s greatest electronic duos and ultimately led to their demise, Neil Barnes attempts to prove that they’re just as remarkable a prospect as a one-man band with third album, Alternative Light Source. Indeed, co-founder Paul Daley, who at the turn of the century declared that he would never step foot on stage as part of Leftfield ever […]

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Major Lazer ‘Peace Is the Mission’ – Album Review

Mad Decent (2015)

Renowned for their organised chaos, dancehall collective Major Lazer’s previous releases have been fast, furious and frenetic affairs with only one goal in mind – to get the party started. However, as evident by its name, their third studio effort, Peace Is the Mission, is an unexpectedly more calming, composed and harmonious example of their production talents. Clocking in at just over 32 minutes, the follow-up to 2013’s Free The […]

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Jamie xx ‘In Colour’ – Album Review

Young Turks (2015)

One-third of Mercury Prize winners The xx, acclaimed producer Jamie xx now goes it alone for a solo debut album, In Colour, which as its title suggests, is a little brighter than the slightly gloomy alt-pop of his day job. The 26-year-old hasn’t entirely distanced himself from the trio that helped cement his status as one of his generation’s premier beatmakers. The multi-layered instrumentals “Obvs” and “The Rest Is Noise” […]

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Alesso ‘Forever’ – Album Review

Def Jam (2015)

Despite being discovered by Swedish House Mafia’s Sebastian Ingrosso, 23-year-old DJ Alessandro Lindblad, aka Alesso, has lately made a considerable effort to tell everyone that his debut album, Forever, sounds nothing like the stadium-filling EDM of the now defunct supergroup. It’s not quite clear whether the 23-year-old has simply been trolling, or is just plain deluded, as with the exception of the melancholic string-soaked instrumental closer, “Immortale,” every single one […]

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Hot Chip ‘Why Make Sense’ – Album Review

Domino (2015)

Following three years of numerous solo and side projects, electronic pop oddballs Hot Chip finally return to their day jobs for a sixth studio effort, Why Make Sense?, which thankfully proves they haven’t lost any of the endearing quirkiness during their time apart. An attempt to recapture the energy of their live performances, the follow-up to 2012’s In Our Hands is perhaps the most organic that the British six-piece have […]

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Zedd ‘True Colors’ – Album Review

Interscope (2015)

A virtual unknown at the time of his 2012 debut, German-Russian producer Zedd has since won a Grammy Award, been invited to work his magic on records by Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande, and become an unlikely tabloid favorite thanks to his relationship with former Disney tween-queen Selena Gomez. Expectations, therefore, are much higher for his second album, True Colors. Adhering to the if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it approach, the follow-up to Clarity follows […]

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Paul Van Dyk ‘The Politics of Dancing 3’ – Album Review

Ultra Music (2015)

A decade on after his last concerted attempt to unite people through the power of trance, German dance legend Paul Van Dyk returns to his The Politics of Dancing concept for a third volume of high-energy floorfillers. Unlike the 2001 first chapter in the series and its 2005 follow-up, this latest collection is a proper studio effort rather than a compilation of other artists’ work, meaning that the 43-year-old takes […]


MG ‘MG’ – Album Review

Mute (2015)

The driving force behind the world’s most enduring synth-rock band, Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore has recently had to share songwriting duties with frontman Dave Gahan, which perhaps explains why the 53-year-old has now revived his brief solo career for an eponymous second effort released under the guise of MG. A completely different beast from that of his ’03 covers album Counterfeit, this belated follow-up is an entirely instrumental affair which […]

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Passion Pit ‘Kindred’ – Album Review

Columbia (2015)

The first Passion Pit record since Michael Angelakos severed all ties with his one-time bandmates, essentially reducing the Massachusetts quintet to a solo vehicle, Kindred sees the falsetto-voiced frontman once again combine effervescent synth-pop with cathartic confessionals. It’s an intriguing contrast which has already seen his pet project rise from cult heroes to the upper reaches of the Billboard charts – predecessor Gossamer peaked at No.4 back in 2012 – […]

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Pale Blue ‘The Past We Leave Behind’ – Album Review

2MR (2015)

Hot on the heels of Johnny Jewel’s score for Ryan Gosling’s much-maligned directorial debut, Lost River, New York producer Mike Simonetti (the other co-founder of Italo-disco label Italians Do It Better) returns to the fray under the guise of Pale Blue for his first album, The Past We Leave Behind. Named after the Pale Blue Dot term used to describe the photograph of Earth taken by the Voyager 1 space […]

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Shlohmo ‘Dark Red’ – Album Review

True Panther (2015)

Four years after his debut album Bad Vibes saw him hailed as the next Flying Lotus, Henry Laufer, aka Los Angeles producer Shlohmo, finally returns with his long-awaited follow-up, the suitably-titled Dark Red. Following remixes for Laura Mvula, Flume and Lianne La Havas, production work on Banks’ Goddess, and last year’s collaborative E.P. with R&B lothario Jeremih, the 25-year-old hasn’t been entirely missing in action, but there’s still a sense […]

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Madeon ‘Adventure’ – Album Review

Columbia (2015)

Arriving four years after he went viral with his “Pop Culture” mash-up, debut album Adventure sees French whiz kid Hugo Pierre Leclercq, aka Madeon, turn his back on the EDM world that he was once tipped to rule. Inspired by his behind-the-scenes work with Lady Gaga, Ellie Goulding and Two Door Cinema Club, the 20-year-old largely abandons the maximalistic electro of his earlier output in favor of a more melodic […]

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The Prodigy ‘The Day Is My Enemy’ – Album Review

Cooking Vinyl (2015)

The pioneers of the first EDM wave to hit America back in the mid-90s, anarchic trio The Prodigy certainly don’t appear too impressed by the second wave, judging by their sixth studio effort, The Day Is My Enemy. Self-described as an antidote to the “force-fed, commercial generic records” that have defined dance culture in their six-year absence, the much-delayed follow-up to Invaders Must Die also sees the Essex boys team […]

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Twin Shadow ‘Eclipse’ – Album Review

Warner Bros. (2015)

The first release since his move from cult indie label 4AD over to Warner Bros., Eclipse sees leather jacket-wearing hipster George Lewis Jr., aka Twin Shadow, further embrace his fondness for pomp and bluster on eleven tracks which practically beg to be belted out in front of a stadium crowd. Packed with super-sized echo-laden drums, chest-beating melodies and melodramatic tales of lost love, the follow-up to 2012’s Confess certainly isn’t […]