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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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LIL SILVA-MABEL EP

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

HEARTSREVOLUTION – Ride or Die

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

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…

By Sean Taras Posted in Reviews