Heathered Pearls – Detroit, MI 1997-2001

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?
Minimal Detroit techno

Moods
Night driving

Thoughts
Pretty OK for Detroit techno. The album closer, The Packard Plant, is the standout track.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Heathered-Pearls-Detroit-MI-1997-2001/release/11313213

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Juju & Jordash – Juju & Jordash

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?
Loose spacey electro

Thoughts
My favorite album of theirs, the analog approach works well here. Tracks cover a range of techno but all are done well.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Juju-Jordash-Juju-Jordash/release/1951138

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Grand River – Crescente

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?
Modern intellectual compositional ambient like electro.

Thoughts
Well crafted with enjoyable moments but overall dull and drifting.

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https://www.discogs.com/Grand-River-Crescente/release/10925592

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Emperor Penguin – Mysterious Pony

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?
A record made by a band as if it’s collected from a bunch of older sampled vinyl.

Thoughts
Starts off with a good energy, drumlines a bit more aggressive and the additional layers now encompass not just keys and guitar but strings, flute, xylophone.

Love the dre interlude on burnt sienna! And Stanley Clarke on Playful elements like that make this feel much more well crafted and like a well thought out effort from a band.

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https://www.discogs.com/Emperor-Penguin-Mysterious-Pony/release/31019

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Various – Uneven Paths: Deviant Pop From Europe 1980-1991

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?

A curiosity cabinet of sparse 80’s DIY-sounding pop. Styles range from folk to r&b and synth driven.

Thoughts

Inconsistent and dated at times but mostly good album. Interesting as it almost fills a gap in the music timeline as to how art-house was fully incorporated into pop.

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https://www.discogs.com/Various-Uneven-Paths-Deviant-Pop-From-Europe-1980-1991/release/11610234

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Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works 85-92

★★★★★ = Classic, essential listening

What’s it sound like?

Techno with a pleasant floating ambient element. Certain tracks utilize a drum machine for a dance vibe, others are extended and much more in the ambient realm relying on repetition to create feeling.

Thoughts

A masterpiece: this sounds great and is aphex twin at his most accessible. Though the production can feel dated at times it never detracts. It’s distinct and a key album of influence for alt-electro of all stripes, it’s easy to hear how this would go onto influence many different artists while still sounding just as relevant today.

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https://www.discogs.com/Aphex-Twin-Selected-Ambient-Works-85-92/release/32662

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Sports – Modern Species

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?

Reminds me of a more clubby version of the orb or 808 state.

Thoughts

Philip sherburne wrote the pitchfork review which covers things well ( https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/dj-sports-modern-species/ )

Tracks cover a range of influences (trance, dub, breakbeat house). It has a club vibe but extended.

This would play very well in the panther room of output. I like fertile Crescent which pitchfork called one of the house tracks.

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https://www.discogs.com/DJ-Sports-Modern-Species/release/10425953

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Labradford – E Luxo So

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?

Post rock

Thoughts

Sparse, slow and boring.

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https://www.discogs.com/Labradford-E-Luxo-So/release/18227

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Labradford – Mi Media Naranja

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?

Noirish post rock

Thoughts

The guitar has a certain Americana shimmer/reverb that really develops the texture here, creating a creepy David Lynch atmosphere. Each track tends to feature some background ambient noise like a slight rumble and a high pitched tone.

Highly repetitive but with subtle changes that unfold gloriously to the patient listener.

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https://www.discogs.com/Labradford-Mi-Media-Naranja/release/408838

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Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

What’s it sound like?

Avant garde electro

Thoughts

OPN has highly effective moments that will always keep me curious about his work. R plus seven is a great piece of work but it gets a little tiring at times (maddening loops, lots of nothing). Fans will recognize these as signatures of his compositions which help to build toward these bigger moments.

The Sonic profile of his music serves to create the apt description of “Facebook servers making music”.

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https://www.discogs.com/Oneohtrix-Point-Never-R-Plus-Seven/release/5183009

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