DJ Dodger Stadium – Friend Of Mine

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

Jacked up Chicago house

Moods

Sweaty

Thoughts

I'd say the best DJDS album to check out.

This is pumping with energy, like Chicago's answer to Daft Punk’s Homework. Songs will have a looped lyric but that's the extent of vocals, focus is primarily on the club-like productions.

As an album it's a bit much to listen to straight through as an album, feels like these tracks works best as singles. Overall the album builds to a high finish with suggested tracks 'the dust' and 'friend of mine’ capping things off.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/DJ-Dodger-Stadium-Friend-Of-Mine/release/5863560

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qi11LVYL8g4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ya5pK1rOKaU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kV4Gk4I-VX8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhJqVQ7vXyM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pa6B2UbASIo

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Hippo Campus – Landmark

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

An indie band with pro production

Moods

Remember that godawful song 'holiday' by vampire weekend? These songs capture that memorable poppy summerness featuring lyrics that are comfortable yet inquisitive.

Thoughts

Hate to keep using other bands to describe hippo campus but this reminds me of early Phoenix with some production flair. Works well, there are some all out classics on that I think a lot of people would enjoy. ‘Vacation’ is probably the best example with it's anthem worthy hook and shimmering mellow vibe like a chillwave version of pavement for today's 20 somethings.

BJ Burton produced this. The more I hear his work I realize he's developing a track record of seriously good music.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Hippo-Campus-Landmark/release/10084727

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3TQKEUne5Q

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Hippo Campus – Landmark

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Wes Montgomery – A Day In The Life

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?

Light guitar driven jazz

Moods

Wedding cocktail reception

Thoughts

A bunch of covers done in this kinda corny, guitar driven light jazz; overly dramatic string arrangements don't really help things much.

As much as I don't like this record I do include these tracks in mixes when entertaining. Easily recognizable melodies in this 'soft’ format serve well as background music.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Wes-Montgomery-A-Day-In-The-Life/release/10040768

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjHiSePn1ts

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86oaCxW2daU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0KZk2Ojxn8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJyarNALJFc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Vp4O3fOLy8

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Dauwd – Theory Of Colours

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

Sounds like?

Chilled out electro

Moods

sorta like downtempo but not as down

Thoughts

Layered intelligent electro with a nice energy. Nocturnal feeling. Tasteful keys at times. Particularly like the energetic haze laid out on tracks such as analogische memories. Drifts into an almost bland territory at times but still great. I come back to this record ever few months and it's holding up.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Dauwd-Theory-Of-Colours/release/10402048

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqhq8vtSfNA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VMoLqPqK6s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Eqcee-pUm0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7Q0_XEKb0k

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjB2koTyujw

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Mandar – String Theory

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?

Whatever electro

Moods

Filler

Thoughts

It's fine electro but not really feeling it overall. ‘Poison words’ is a bit better but not much happening here.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Mandar-String-Theory/release/12001410

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svScti6R3lQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzeFE3GfXnY

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Johann Sebastian Bach,Glenn Gould – The Goldberg Variations

★★★★★ = Classic, essential listening

Sounds like?

Solo piano sonatas

Moods

Perfect

Thoughts

I won't try and review this, there's enough written about it. However I will say per Mark Richardson's suggestion: the Bach Glenn Gould variations are two albums that must be heard in any piano lovers life.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Bach-Glenn-Gould-The-Goldberg-Variations/release/8788672

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpsfhTxo5yw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2YMSt3yfko

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Rating: 5 out of 5

 

DJ Dodger Stadium – Stand Up And Speak

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

Energetic electro with a pop element

Moods

Out dancing at a clean shiny place

Thoughts

Quick hitting electro, tight tracks that keep the tempo up; their a talented production pair. It's not full on pop (tracks feel like they were written by beat makers rather than lyricists) but each track features an vocal loop of some sort.

I believe this is the album the recruited the singers from Craigslist which is a cool idea: giving a chance to someone who needs it while keeping costs down. It's a rotating cast of singers but it felt like they homogenized their voices through too much production. The album starts off strong but has a generic feeling toward the end.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/DJDS-Stand-Up-And-Speak/release/8161912

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBUil-pnNhI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tDTApVrzeU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpPwmnNNedA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBvRnp1WyM0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzMqauRDrfA

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

The Cure – Three Imaginary Boys

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

Basic post punk

Moods

Of importance to those in their 20s

Thoughts

Need to revisit this, liked a bunch of the songs on the first half though the 2nd half waivered. I think my experience with the Cure would be very different had I been discovering them as they were releasing material.

As someone most familiar with their ‘greatest hits’ this is a curious listen. They're remarkably stripped down and feel like a young post-punk band with a certain rawness I appreciate. Less dramatic then their later material, still just as emotional.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/The-Cure-Three-Imaginary-Boys/release/236654

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okiCApJeonQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faAOrf07lHY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01VRyQlYTRY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaMMbxNXGV0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mAQCSGWHdg

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Miles Davis – A Tribute To Jack Johnson

★★★★★ = Classic, essential listening

Sounds like?

Rock and Jazz fusion

Moods

Groovin – the perfect miles record for rock fans

Thoughts

Perhaps the most 'rock’ record in the miles discography. Purists might disagree but I think this is an exemplar of rock and jazz fusion due to it's heavy rock lean and accessibility. The mixing is weird: no single tracks but rather two lengthy sides where thing's fade into the other, often forcing unfinished ideas to come together abruptly; almost like an impatient DJ. Anyhow the music:

Side 1 is the better example of the miles 'rock’ thing with a driving bass line and angular guitars propelling things forward. It’s an extended classic  70s rock jam with a groove.

Side 2 is where thing's get a bit more chilled out and experimental. The music wanders and isn't as focused. Still.. things are being worked out and it's fantastic music by any means. A highlight is the moment ‘in a silent way’ breaks through. Glorious!

I consider miles electric period one of the pinnacles of music and this is one of the best intros, especially for non-jazz fans.

Essential music.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Miles-Davis-A-Tribute-To-Jack-Johnson/release/1941575

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8TdZFVj6tA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoH6kFbuYRQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfLvNwxnj6g

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Rating: 5 out of 5

 

Ross From Friends – Family Portrait

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

Lofi house is a fitting genre name

Moods

Refreshingly original small club

Thoughts

Digging this, had it on repeat straight off the bat. I've seen his name a lot recently so I think he's pretty hyped. Serves as a good middle ground between John talabot and stone's throw though the second half tapers off in quality.

It's a brainfeeder release – all their stuff is worth checking out.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Ross-From-Friends-Family-Portrait/release/12324548

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuZEdzpt_RY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iFxeDKwdNs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFhOJKzd5X4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7G3-Uu3OsI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXLwEZcZoCc

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Rating: 3 out of 5