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Young Ejecta – The Planet

January 28th, 2015
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Something New to Grok

It’s still early, but Young Ejecta (formerly Ejecta) may be the victims of the most unfortunate name change of the year. In an era when “Young” YouTube hip-hop artists have made the word almost unfashionably popular, it seems an odd and ill-fitting moniker for this act. Fortunately, it’s only the name that’s been transformed – not the music – and The Planet is the same kind of melancholy synth-pop that caught our attention on the group’s first album.
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By Sean Taras Posted in Reviews

Kid Moxie – 1888

December 7th, 2014
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Curtain Up, Projector On

In a city as gigantic and strange as Los Angeles, you can be sure of two things — you’ll never know everything, and you’ll always be lost. Kid Moxie’s 1888, in its own unusual way, is so L.A. that it couldn’t have come from anywhere else. It’s half catchy, retro-inspired synthpop, half daydreaming weirdness and half baroque, ambient soundscaping. Yes, it has three halves. Read more…

By Sean Taras Posted in Reviews

Andy Stott – Faith in Strangers

November 25th, 2014
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Hugged By a Taser

Andy Stott doesn’t like to stand still. With a discography that jumps from corner to corner of the electronic music map, it’s tough to pin a label on his work — especially his latest solo effort, Faith in Strangers. It flutters through tinges of ambient meditative composition, cross-pollinates with grimy dub, and gets chopped to bits by an assembly line of malfunctioning electronic filters. The result is an album that is purposefully destructive, embraces its own decay, and is one of the more interesting new works of the year. Read more…

By Sean Taras Posted in Reviews

Flying Lotus – You’re Dead!

October 15th, 2014
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Dearly Beloved

To anyone not in the know, Flying Lotus (Steven Ellison to his friends) has been one of the premier up-and-coming figures in the L.A. music scene for several years now, and he’s out to solidify his reputation on a fifth full-length album. You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who actively dislikes this artist, and it’d be difficult to throw a rock in any circle of music-lovers without hitting one of his many fans. With You’re Dead!, Lotus continues his trend of pushing genres inside-out to create a body of work that blurs the boundaries of DJ, producer, composer and performer. Read more…

By Sean Taras Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews ,

The Bug – Exit

October 12th, 2014
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A Little Something Extra

The Bug may be a relative unknown in the States, but he’s an old hand in the U.K., having released innumerable records under a handful of different aliases and several collaborative projects. He’s caught the attention of Aphex Twin (aka, the Pope of Electronica), and spent some time signed to his Rephlex record label. Interest piqued? Naturally. Read more…

By Sean Taras Posted in Reviews

Information Society – Hello World

September 28th, 2014
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Please Recycle

On a first listen of Information Society’s Hello World, you might find yourself so deep in the over-the-top theatricality of this kind of kitschy 80’s dance-pop that you’re expecting “You Spin Me Round” to come through the speakers at any moment. The sound has been updated ever so slightly. Here, you’ll find cleaner synth lines, more high-definition sound effects and the tendency toward a glitchy percussion style, as if boiled down from modern EDM and dumped into a sloshing vat of hairspray. Read more…

By Sean Taras Posted in Reviews

Lil Silva – Mabel

August 25th, 2014
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Are We There Yet?

Lil Silva’s background speaks volumes about his musical prowess. At only 24 years old, the London-based producer already has 15 years of musical experience under his belt. In that time, he’s carved out a nice niche in the UK music world and made himself known as a highly prolific artist, constantly sketching out new tracks and flipping records like pancakes. The problem with being prolific, however, is that it doesn’t really matter. Read more…

By Sean Taras Posted in Reviews

Matthewdavid – In My World

July 2nd, 2014
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Dressed to Chill

LA’s Matthewdavid is an artist whose musical stylings so closely rub against the chillwave moniker that it seems like the genre is a glove tailor-made for his hand. His work runs a route similar to bigger names like Flying Lotus and Toro y Moi, but with less of the catchy dance grooves and more of the loosely layered textures that weave a psychedelic blanket for the listener. In My World is his latest full-length release, a brief but weighty record that meanders through a warm fog of sounds with no sense of direction and a carefree, lost-in-the-woods attitude. Read more…

By Sean Taras Posted in Reviews

The Toxic Avenger – Romance & Cigarettes

June 17th, 2014
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Bright Peaks and Deep Pits

The Toxic Avenger is French musician and producer Simon Delacroix, a man who is said to have once performed under masked cover — though he’s thankfully dropped that gimmick, probably after realizing that the masks are a waste of time for everyone but Daft Punk. He has a sound that’s fresh and fun with a tasteful throwback tint. Romance & Cigarettes, his third full-length album, is a record that is as fun as it is ambitious, and it goes places. Read more…

By Sean Taras Posted in Reviews

Tobacco – Ultima II Massage

May 17th, 2014
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The Loud Killer

Tobacco is tough to pin down. The Black Moth Super Rainbow frontman makes music in a certain flavor of weird that is unusual even among a class of bizarre contemporaries. The artist showcases an unabashed fetish for analog synthesizers, warped vocals and a sound that is as dark and heavy as a truckload of hot tar. Read more…

By Sean Taras Posted in Reviews