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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

Eno – Hyde – Someday World

May 7th, 2014
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One More Book on the Shelf

At this point, what can be said about Brian Eno that hasn’t been said before? Through his solo work and collaborations with some of the biggest names in music, he has proven himself time and again to be as brilliant as he is prolific — truly a living treasure of the music world. This time around, he teams up with Karl Hyde of veteran British electronic group Underworld. With Someday World, the two have come up with a record that is surprisingly youthful and deceptively complex. Read more…

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De Lux – Voyage

April 23rd, 2014
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Senseless Sensibility

A couple of L.A.-area skater kids get together and start making music — a California story if there ever was one. With a kind of dance-heavy disco-funk sound, they’re already drawing comparisons to LCD Soundsystem and the legendary Talking Heads. With that kind of hype floating around, people are almost legally required to take notice of a record like De Lux’s first full-length release, Voyage. Read more…

By Sean Taras Posted in Reviews


April 19th, 2014
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Riot on the Swingset

Some say punk is dead, others say it just sucks now. Most hear the word and conjure up images of spit and safety pins, forgetting what it’s supposed to be all about: fun, simple rock n’ roll with a “fuck it” attitude. HEARTSREVOLUTION may not fit into the accepted aesthetic of punk, but their Ride or Die LP is full of the spirit. With none of the too-cool-for-school airs that so many bands put on, HEARTSREVOLUTION is a reminder of what it sounds like when musicians have honest fun. Read more…

By Sean Taras Posted in Reviews