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Thievery Corporation – Saudade

April 4th, 2014
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Beautiful, Sad, Life

Soul, zen, the blues, Tao, oomph, je ne sais quoi– every culture has its own untranslatable and barely describable terms for feelings and philosophies that are common to all of humanity. Scholars and linguists attempt to describe saudade as a feeling of melancholy that stems from the longing for something that is gone. Read more…

By Sean Taras Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Giganta – Force

April 1st, 2014
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Tragically Hip… and Hollow

Music, as the great author Tolstoy once said, is the greatest of arts because of its uncanny ability to infect the audience with the artist’s message. A great song with a succinct message can move even the hardest to tears, but what are we to do when that message is ultimately lost? This, unfortunately, is the question begged by Giganta’s Force EP. Read more…

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Ekoplekz – Unfidelity

March 15th, 2014
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The Echoes Abound

Ekoplekz is here to prove that “k” and “z” are still the edgiest letters in the alphabet with Unfidelity, the artist’s first album from his new home on Planet Mu records. This label has at times been host to big names like Luke Vibert and Venetian Snares, but these days it seems to be more of a home for lost children, with Mike Paradinas playing Professor Xavier to a small army of up-and-coming electronic artists like Nick Edwards, aka– Ekoplekz. Read more…

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Roman Remains – Zeal

March 8th, 2014
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Underzealous

The male/female electronica duo seems to be more than a trend in music today– it’s practically a new paradigm itself. Breakout groups like The Knife sparked the movement in the early 2000’s and contemporaries like Roman Remains keep it alive today. Their sound is a little pop and a little industrial; it’s the darker side of dance. Read more…

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Morgan Visconti – Ride

March 4th, 2014
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Legacy Road Trip

It can seem unfair to attach legacy expectations to breakout artists, but it’s often impossible– and in Morgan Visconti’s case, it’s not even inappropriate. Ride is an album that lives up to its reckoning in all possible ways. The son of legendary producer Tony Visconti and singer Mary Hopkin has gargantuan shoes to fill, and he proves with aplomb that he is not only up to the task, but it seems practically effortless for him. Read more…

By Sean Taras Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Neil Davidge – Slo Light

February 26th, 2014
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Remain in Dark

To say that Neil Davidge has been around the block a few times would be the understatement of the year. This veteran producer, composer and songwriter has collaborated with the likes of Snoop Dogg, David Bowie and a plethora of other big names, as well as putting his touch on film and videogame scores. Possibly best known for his extensive work with Massive Attack, Davidge has now put out Slo Light, his first solo record, to show what he can do on his own. Read more…

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Be Forest – Earthbeat

February 7th, 2014
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Italifornication

Not quite the flower-child drum-circle that its title implies, Be Forest’s Earthbeat feels more like a blend of ’90s alternative and contemporary indie rock than anything else– as if The Cranberries were reincarnated for a new life in California. Their guitars ring shrill in the high end and come down to meet steady basslines in the low end, driven by nearly tribal percussion, upholstered in satin vocals and blankets of synth harmony to flesh out the sound. Read more…

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Actress – Ghettoville

January 28th, 2014
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We’re Not Acting Here

Darren Cunningham, better known as Actress, is the real article. His music drives that point into the bullseye, and the music is all that’s needed. His Ghettoville album is the direct antithesis to any point about hip-hop or electronic music that may have been made at this year’s Grammy awards, and it couldn’t be more appropriate.
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bEEdEEgEE – SUM/ONE

December 11th, 2013
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Where Was I?

bEEdEEgEE is an offshoot of the New York-based experimental electronic band Gang Gang Dance, the solo project of founding member Brian DeGraw. He’s a man who clearly has a lot to say and apparently couldn’t get enough of his shakes out while working with the band. He needed to get weird in his own way. Enter SUM/ONE. Anyone who is familiar with the Gang Gang Dance sound will know what to expect from SUM/ONE. It’s strange and sometimes abrasive– a landscape in which things rarely make sense. It is party music boiled down for the ease of packaging and transport and reconstituted for instant gratification. It comes close to inducing a hangover. Read more…

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Milosh – Jetlag

December 4th, 2013
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Sleeping Masks and Tiny Vodka

Originally from Canada and currently making his home in Los Angeles, Michael Milosh (or just plain Milosh) is a musician who brings together a plethora of varied background influences and throws them all away to create something completely different. Knowing that Milosh is a classically trained cellist and jazz aficionado, one might expect Jetlag to be an album of long meandering solos, a virtuosic cacophony and impenetrably complex song structures. One couldn’t be more wrong. Jetlag is as quiet and personal as an Elliott Smith record, but with an electronic edge that falls somewhere between Tears for Fears and Radiohead.
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