Kalabrese – Rumpelzirkus

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

Sounds like?

Personal fun and funky electro (I guess discogs calls this left field electro?)

Moods

An electro record with feeling.

Thoughts

Reminds me of a slightly off kilter Lumio who shares the carefree fun quality of Koze. That description might sound cliche (and there's for sure a certain cliche cheesiness on these tracks) but there's a love and curiosity of life that's very alive in this music.

These tracks run long allowing you to get into the groove. I appreciate the songwriting, tracks are layered and evolve with a natural ebb and flow.

He’s become my goto artist for Friday late night working sessions in the lab.

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https://www.discogs.com/Kalabrese-Rumpelzirkus/release/977370

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Pole – Steingarten

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?
Dub influenced German minimal with angular noise

Moods
Womping to the beat

Thoughts

First few tracks have this cartoonish womp to them that took away from the sleekness I typically want out of minimal house. On a closer listen it’s really an incorporation of dub, almost like dub meets German minimal. Tracks are layered with lots of subtleties although on the surface things may seem straightforward. Something about this album stuck with me before I revisited it a second time.

Later tracks improve, Dusseldorf is a keeper and I like the distortion and noise that’s present on most of the record but really utilized effectively on the final tracks.

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https://www.discogs.com/Pole-Steingarten/release/2807191

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Chloé – The Waiting Room

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?
Dark diy electro with rock instrumentation

Moods
Can’t remember

Thoughts
A pretty OK uneven record. I like the longer rock numbers like it’s Sunday and brashov. Other tracks felt drawn out and not very strong.

I’ll credit her with creating a distinct character here. Feels raw and soulful; elements often missing from electro.

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https://www.discogs.com/Chlo%C3%A9-The-Waiting-Room/release/1077374

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Bill Callahan – Woke On A Whaleheart

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?
Folksy rock. Chilled out, just being bill.

Thoughts
This is the 2nd album I’ve heard of his and I’m thoroughly impressed. The music strikes a great balance between classic freewheeling folk rock and modern indie. He’s got a great voice, deep and sure, and is sharing heartfelt but interpretive and relatable lyrics.

Not a bad song on it, very accessible.

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https://www.discogs.com/Bill-Callahan-Woke-On-A-Whaleheart/release/975091

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Fridge – The Sun

⭐⭐⭐⭐

I approached this album as if it were a Four Tet side project but he’s not the focus here. Instead it’s a highly accessible album of superbly written, tight post-rock. The drums are way up in the mix and I like that aspect of rhythm here. Jeffers is a good drummer, nothing revolutionary but he’s got a playful approach and switches up the lines constantly. It’s relatively bare bones otherwise which is surprising considering four tets knack for layering.

An enjoyable listen for fans of post rock or an excellent starting place for those unfamiliar with the genre.

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https://www.discogs.com/Fridge-The-Sun/release/1007916

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Quasimode – Oneself-LIKENESS

⭐⭐⭐

Relentless percussion and piano give this album a steady forward momentum, reminds me of samba. This is a jazz album though structurally it feels like pop. Solos don’t off much or showcase the character of the players, seems the emphasis is on precision rather than exploration.

Track highlights include Skeleton coast and feeling green which feature hip hop like drumming.

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https://www.discogs.com/Quasimode-Oneself-LIKENESS/release/4158791

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