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The April 2015 Dance/Electronica Playlist

From two transatlantic all-star hook-ups to a long-awaited return from the youngest Minogue sister, here’s a look at five dance/electronica tracks you should look out for this month. Major Lazer feat. DJ Snake and MØ – “Lean On” Having served as producer on Madonna’s latest opus and hooked up with Skrillex on the Jack U LP, Diplo cements his status as the electro scene’s hardest worker by joining forces with […]


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Introducing: Tei Shi

Born in Buenos Aires, raised in Bogota and Vancouver, and now living in Brooklyn, the artist formerly known as Valerie Teicher, Tei Shi, is certainly the most well-travelled chanteuse to emerge from the burgeoning scene known as avant-garde R&B. The singer-songwriter, who also studied at Boston’s Berklee College of Music before settling in the Big Apple, is tipped to make a major breakthrough in 2015 following a year’s worth of blogosphere […]


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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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Rock Rewind: John Cougar (Mellencamp) “Jack & Diane”

First it was Johnny Cougar. Then just John Cougar. Then it was John Cougar Mellencamp. Then just John Mellencamp. Rarely has a musical artist gone through so many moniker changes over the course of a career (right up there with Sean Combs-Diddy-P Diddy-Puff Daddy). But regardless of the name changes, Mellencamp’s unique style of heartland rock has been a constant force, his songs evoking indelible images of the American Midwest. […]


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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 […]


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Tuxedo ‘Tuxedo’ – Album Review

Stones Throw Records (2015)

An unlikely alliance between Grammy-nominated neo-soul crooner Mayer Hawthorne and Seattle boom-bap producer Jake One (50 Cent, G-Unit), the aptly-named Tuxedo couldn’t have timed the retro disco-funk of their self-titled debut album any better. Arriving just weeks after Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars propelled the sounds of The Gap Band, Steve Arrington and The Whispers back into the charts, these twelve unashamedly old-school tunes find the duo mining a virtually […]


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Mike Pocaro, Former Bassist for Toto, Dead at 59

Mike Pocaro, who played bass for Grammy-winning band Toto for more than 20 years, has died of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), according to his brother and fellow bandmate Steve Pocaro. He was 59. “Our brother Mike passed away peacefully in his sleep at 12:04 AM last night at home surrounded by his family, Steve posted on Facebook. “Rest in peace, my brother.” Mike was one of three Porcaro brothers who […]


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Purity Ring ‘another eternity’ – Album Review

4AD (2015)

Having been invited to remix Lady Gaga and collaborate with Detroit rapper Danny Brown since arriving on the scene with their bewitching brand of witch house back in 2012, Purity Ring, aka Canadian duo Megan James and Corin Roddick, now tiptoe further towards the mainstream with their second album, another eternity. Packed with warped synths, ominous bass-lines and spacious processed beats, these ten textured soundscapes might not be light years […]


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Jury: ‘Blurred Lines’ Ripped Off Marvin Gaye

Analysis: Possible far-reaching ramifications from the copyright infringement lawsuit

After months (nay, years) of controversy swirling around “Blurred Lines,” the 2013 hit song by Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams, a jury decided yesterday that the song constitutes copyright infringement, and awarded a restitution of nearly $7.4 million to the estate of Marvin Gaye, according to Billboard. The family of the late R&B singer has long claimed that “Blurred Lines” is effectively a rip-off of Gaye’s 1977 song “Got To […]


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Jon Hopkins ‘Late Night Tales’ – Album Review

Late Night Tales (2015)

Following the success of his Mercury Prize-nominated breakthrough Immunity, along with his production work on Coldplay’s last record, ambient techno maestro Jon Hopkins continues to raise his profile by becoming the latest contributor to the most interesting compilation series on the market, Late Night Tales. Not that there’s anything particularly commercial about his choice of 21 tracks, with only a few names (Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi, indie shoegazers School of […]


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Billboard’s Girl Group Week: Apparently It’s a Thing

A whole week dedicated to paying tribute to all-girl acts? I’m in. For this entire week, March 2-6, Billboard Magazine has been featuring its second annual Girl Group Week, which officially makes it a “thing.” (If something happens more than once, it’s a thing. I just made that rule up, but whatever.) In fact, they’ve got a poll where you can vote for your favorites—and since the poll closes today, […]


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‘Skrillex & Diplo Present Jack Ü’ – Album Review

Atlantic (2015)

Dropped without any notice during their mammoth 24-hour Beatport DJ set last week, Skrillex & Diplo Present Jack Ü sees two kings of the EDM scene join forces for a surprise full-length LP which, unsurprisingly, isn’t exactly short on epic bass drops. The fratboy-friendly supergroup occasionally show signs that they’ve broadened their horizons since they first shared a stage together at the Mad Decent Block Party back in 2013. “To […]


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The March 2015 Dance/Electronica Playlist

Featuring an Irish eccentric’s long-awaited return, a collaboration between a superstar DJ and Disney Channel graduate, and a Hollywood A-lister’s latest musical venture, here’s a look at five dance/electronica tracks you need to look out for in March. Roisin Murphy – “Gone Fishing” Eight years after the slinky synth-pop of Overpowered, former Moloko frontwoman Roisin Murphy finally returns with her third solo album, Hairless Toys, in the spring. Its first […]


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Madonna Plays the ‘Ageism’ Card (Really?) -Editorial

If you’ve paid any attention to Madonna’s actions over the past several years (and more intensely in the past few months), one thing seems pretty apparent: this is a woman who doesn’t want to get old. Or at least, doesn’t want to be seen as such. May it please the court—we present the following as evidence: Her ripping of Lady Gaga (“She’s not me!”) in 2012 for the apparent similarities […]


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Dan Deacon ‘Gliss Riffer’ – Album Review

Domino (2015)

After addressing the state of the nation on 2012’s electro-orchestral America, Baltimore oddball Dan Deacon sets his sights a little lower on Gliss Riffer, a ‘back-to-basics’ affair in which he simply aims to prove that he can relax. Largely recorded on the road during last year’s support slot on Arcade Fire’s tour, these eight soundscapes may be a little less ambitious in scope, but they’re hardly the minimalistic and calming […]