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Tove Lo Queen of the Clouds

Tove Lo “Queen of the Clouds” – Album Review

Universal (2014)

The latest chanteuse to emerge from the hotbed of electro-pop that is Scandinavia, Tove Lo has managed to stand out from the crowd by positioning herself as the kind of wild child you might be a little reluctant to take home to mum–a reputation which will only continue to grow with her debut album, Queen of the Clouds. The Stockholm singer is currently riding high in the U.S. Top 20 […]

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Erasure “The Violet Flame” – Album Review

Mute (2014)

Second only to the Pet Shop Boys as the most enduring and best-loved synth-pop duo, Erasure follow in the footsteps of their rivals’ last studio effort by returning to their club roots for their 16th album, The Violet Flame. Having recruited Richard X, the enigmatic producer best-known for channelling the early electro scene on records by a whole host of quirky female artists (Annie, M.I.A., Roisin Murphy), it’s little surprise […]

Aphex Twin Syro

Aphex Twin “Syro” – Album Review

Warp (2014)

Announced via a fluorescent green blimp flying over East London, accompanied by cover artwork which depicts its recording costs in the style of an itemised receipt and featuring twelve song titles that read like computer code, the long-awaited sixth album from Aphex Twin proves the ambient electronica wunderkind remains just as warped as ever. The follow-up to 2001’s Drukqs and the first official release under Richard D. James’ more familiar […]

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Introducing: Robin Schulz

A husky-voiced soul ballad from Holland’s answer to John Legend and a twee folk-pop ditty from a little-known French-Israeli duo wouldn’t appear the most obvious candidates to become the two biggest dance anthems of 2014. But thanks to their sun-kissed remixes from German producer/DJ Robin Schulz, Mr. Probz’s “Waves” and Lilly Wood & The Prick’s “Prayer In C” have virtually defined this summer’s soundtrack. The 27-year-old producer’s formula is admittedly […]

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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 […]

rustie green language

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 […]

kimbra the golden echo

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 […]

porterrobinson worlds

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 […]