Machine Woman – When Lobster Comes Home

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?

semi abrasive left field electro

Moods

"Camile from ohm makes me feel loved" is good, rest not so much

Thoughts

Not much to tracks 2 and 3, nothing to em.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Machine-Woman-When-Lobster-Comes-Home/release/10988544

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfw1JXt8dTI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnK3iISJv8U

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3BpyV6aQD4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fwNn69JHT8

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Bullion – Blue Pedro

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

modern electro folk with a synth 80s nod and eurobeat

Moods

Coastal electro folk

Thoughts

Tight ep, tracks loop quick guitar or synth lines and layer electro production bits on top. Nothing revolutionary but it grabs with it's immediacy and just enough variation.

I like the guitar soloing on spin2glory.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Bullion-Blue-Pedro/release/10522688

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zub0p82u7Fg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RILKXsGRO8k

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nn2uyuQlKdM

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Bullion – Blue Pedro

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Drake – More Life: A Playlist By October Firm

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

Sounds like?

Drake's signature pop-rap and r&b with production that incorporates uk grime and dancehall

Moods

Mature and well traveled

Thoughts

I'm not a Drake fan. He does his thing, and I respect it, but it's too smooth and that drawl is tiring; I've never been able to make it through one of his albums in the past.

His production.. that's something else. Noah Shebib's dark, ambient production has been a major factor in Drake's success and fits his  'sad’ vibe perfectly.

On More Life we're treated to a great selection of tracks that show how he's pushed the incorporation of global dancehall into pop music. This sound had been straddling the breakout point for years but I credit Drake for pushing it over. He does so with a plethora of guests and features that works well in as an overall collection.

Best of all he's not always front and center so that drawl doesn't wear and you can appreciate his honest quality in appropriate doses.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Drake-More-Life-A-Playlist-By-October-Firm/release/9999158

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Boundary – Fantasmagórico

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

indie produced synth electro.

Moods

Modern version of the Bandersnatch soundtrack

Thoughts

80s and basic. Glitchy vaporware with ambient synths. Video Games. Has a Spanish rhythmic flair to it though I'm not always crazy about the sequenced drum machine, gives it a robotic feel. Draws from daft punk acid house at times. IDM. Arpeggios remind me of vintage prog rock.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Boundary-Fantasmag%C3%B3rico/release/10555671

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Emily Sprague – Water Memory

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

Sounds like?

wide open ambient made with modular synths and winds

Moods

Observing water shimmering on a wall

Thoughts

Quality ambient with a relaxing atmosphere, reminds me of masters like Eno. A patient listen (or as background, it's ambient after all) is engaging through movement, both in individual songs and on the album as a whole. Ambient while generally pleasant can often feel monotonous and stale, she finds just the right balance.

 

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Emily-A-Sprague-Water-Memory/release/12014380

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Sylvan Esso – What Now

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

nu-school electro/synth alt-pop

Moods

Fun

Thoughts

Pretty good overall with some standouts like just dancing. Memorable pop songs with good production, good if you want something easy and danceable.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Sylvan-Esso-What-Now/release/10192239

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgPIW8AtdSE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=effZUjig794

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYeGMw21fgM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-_NNIX8cDA

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Loft – Three Settlements Four Ways

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?

Future club

Moods

At the future club they like bass no dance

Thoughts

Didn't dig too much first listen. Filton recal leads things off well – techno but with a chilled out thing going on. Things keep building in intensity and 'out there' kind of techno. Just not really my thing.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Loft-Three-Settlements-Four-Ways/release/11091333

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S908T9fWX1A

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=472oXxV2ajM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0F3LgO1XQu4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWR4PuSW0Ck

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Rating: 2 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

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

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Rating: 3 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

 

Crackazat – Rainbow Fantasia

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?

Sexy electro

Moods

Cheesy modern hotel bar

Thoughts

Aside from midnight in sector seven I found this to be bland. Seemed too buttoned-up and overly polished.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Crackazat-Rainbow-Fantasia/release/11103373

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oK4Slc-uSZ8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eGeqsOBv4w

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLMmbQ8_oYQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUGvJkZEDZ0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czXi-Lctnuo

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Crackazat – Rainbow Fantasia

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Rating: 2 out of 5