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David Lynch The Big Dream

David Lynch “The Big Dream” – Album Review

Sacred Bones (2013)

A perplexing blend of warped electronica, avant-garde pop and gothic Americana, David Lynch’s 2011 music debut Crazy Clown Time might have been just as mind-bending as his last big-screen outing, Inland Empire. But continuing his late-in-the-day recording career, his second album, The Big Dream, has much more in common with the soundtracks of his cinematic works. Closer “Are You Sure” is the kind of ethereal torch song that Julee Cruise […]

Pet Shop Boys Electric

Pet Shop Boys “Electric” – Album Review

x2 Recordings (2013)

Pet Shop Boys’ hugely underwhelming last album, Elysium, sounded like synth-pop’s most arch duo had simply given up. So it comes as something of a surprise that less than twelve months on, they have returned not only with a brand new record, Electric, but also the most pulsing, energetic and vibrant album of their thirty-year career. Produced by Stuart Price, the man who oversaw a similar return-to-form with Madonna’s Confessions […]


Introducing: A*M*E

The cheeky younger sister of the burgeoning London dance-pop scene currently busy reviving the classic club sounds of the 90s, 18-year-old Aminata Kabba, aka A*M*E, possesses a far more intriguing C.V. than the likes of Disclosure and Rudimental. Born in Freetown, Sierra Leone in 1994, she was forced to flee her homeland at age eight when her mother’s hair salon was deliberately burned to the ground. After relocating to South […]

Maps Vicissitude

Maps “Vicissitude” – Album Review

Mute Records (2013)

Named after the term for a typically unwelcome change of fortune, UK producer James Chapman’s third studio effort under the guise of Maps, Vicissitude, doesn’t exactly shy away from revelling in doom and gloom. Resembling a cross between a self-hypnosis tape and a soundtrack to an eerie early 80s sci-fi flick, the follow-up to 2009’s Turning The Mind is underpinned by a sense of foreboding which suggests that the twenty-something […]

Daughn Gibson Me Moan

Daughn Gibson “Me Moan” – Album Review

Sub Pop (2013)

Named after an amalgam of Nashville crooners Don and Stevie Ray, Pennsylvania truck driver-turned-troubadour Daughn Gibson twisted country music beyond all recognition with last year’s debut All Hell thanks to an array of warped loops, samples and distortion and a remarkable baritone which sat somewhere between a Vegas Elvis impersonator and the frontman of the Crash Test Dummies. His second album, Me Moan, continues to bridge that rather wide gap […]


The Electronic Music July Playlist

Last month, we began a new feature, a monthly “playlist” of electronic music that ought to be on your radar. Here is July’s instalment of the list. Enjoy! AlunaGeorge – “You Know You Like It” The London duo first released this sumptuous blend of bubbling witch house and slinky 90s R&B last year. But following the pair’s crossover success with “Attracting Flies” and Disclosure collaboration, “White Noise,” it’s now been […]


New Order “Live At Bestival 2012” – Album Review

Sunday Best (2013)

New Order may be one of the most important bands in dance music history. But their reputation when it comes to the live stage has always been a little more shaky, which perhaps explains why even their most ardent fans will probably approach this recording of last year’s headline appearance at Britain’s biggest boutique festival with a certain sense of trepidation. A charity release designed to raise money for the […]


Thundercat “Apocalypse” – Album Review

Brainfeeder (2013)

Previously a member of both a boyband who scored a minor German hit in the early 00s and Los Angeles skate-punk outfit Suicidal Tendencies, it’s little surprise that singer-bassist Stephen Bruner is much less of a chin-stroker than his Brainfeeder label mates. Indeed, despite the presence of long-time collaborator Flying Lotus, his second album under the guise of Thundercat, Apocalypse, certainly isn’t averse to the concept of traditional song structures […]


Introducing: Jagwar Ma

Following John Squire’s recent admission that only a handful of tracks have been recorded for the new long-awaited Stone Roses album, fans of late 80s Mancunian baggy-pop could do worse than look to Australian duo Jagwar Ma for a credible replacement. The pair may have only been knee high to a grasshopper when the ‘Madchester’ scene was in full flow, not to mention living ten thousand miles away from it. […]


Royksopp “Late Night Tales” – Album Review

Late Night Tales (2013)

Kick-started by the likes of Groove Armada and Zero 7 back in the early 00s, the Late Night Tales concept seems tailor-made for Royksopp, an act who have pretty much perfected the art of downtempo electronica over the course of four studio albums. Which is why it’s a surprise that it’s taken the Norwegian duo twelve years to contribute to the critically-acclaimed compilation series. Disappointingly, Svein Berge and Torbjorn Brundtland’s […]


3OH!3 “Omens” – Album Review

Atlantic (2013)

Renowned for indulging in the kind of hedonistic electro that makes LMFAO appear shy and retiring bookworms, eternal fratboys 3OH!3 recently announced they were going back-to-basics for their fourth studio album, Omens. Apart from the absence of any star names a la Katy Perry and Ke$ha, it’s hard to see exactly what the Colorado duo were referring to as the follow-up to 2010’s Streets Of Gold is just as dumb, […]

london grammar

Introducing: London Grammar

A fondness for echo-laden guitar riffs and minimal atmospheric production, an apparent reluctance to be pop stars (until recently, only one black-and-white photo of the group existed online), two guys, one girl – it’s little wonder that enigmatic trio London Grammar have been hailed as the younger siblings of The xx. The hushed guitars and sparse beats of “Hey Now,” the track which has received nearly 400,000 plays since it […]


Austra “Olympia” – Album Review

Domino (2013)

Shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize with their 2011 debut, Feel It Break, Canadian synth-pop outfit Austra have since recruited Tasseomancy twins Sari and Romy Lightman and Ze & The Boyfriends’ keyboardist Ryan Wonsiak in order to give their crying-at-the-discotheque sound a bit more bite. But despite expanding from a trio to a sextet, it’s still frontwoman Katie Stelmanis, a classically-trained singer who began performing in the Canadian Children’s Opera […]


Empire Of The Sun “Ice On the Dune” – Album Review

Capitol (2013)

The prospect of a second Empire On The Sun album seemed highly unlikely when soon after they first unleashed their unashamedly flamboyant take on 80s synth-pop, Luke Steele admitted that he hadn’t spoken to Nick Littlemore in five months. However, after a five-year absence which saw the former contribute to records by Jay-Z, Beyonce and Usher (while the latter worked on Cirque Du Soleil production Zarkana and helped Elton John […]


The Electronic Music June Playlist

The first in a new feature, The Playlist is a rundown of the best dance/electronica singles released each month. Here’s a look at what June has to offer. Chase & Status – “Lost & Not Found” After making the giant leap from production wizards to chart-conquering artists in their own right with 2011’s No More Idols, London duo Chase & Status return to consolidate their success with a typically classy […]

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