Boards Of Canada – Hi Scores

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?
A variety of 90s electro including synth ambient and breakbeat

Moods
An intelligent dance party

Thoughts
Enjoyed the breakbeat tracks (not sure if it’s true breakbeat but reminds me) ‘Nlogax’ and ‘Seeya later’ but the others are very good as well. ‘Hi Scores’ and ‘Turquoise Hexagon Sun’ are almost like ambient trip hop.

One of my favorite boards of canada releases that I’ve heard so far.

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https://www.discogs.com/Boards-Of-Canada-Hi-Scores/release/3416582

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Juju & Jordash – Sis-Boom-Bah!

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?
Spacy techno

Thoughts

I appreciate the craft here as I understand it’s created live. The final product seemed a bit out there, nothing really to hook into. I also wasn’t into the berimbau like rhythm found on the first half.

This seems like it might be enjoyable in an open environment and I’m super curious about one of their live shows.

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https://www.discogs.com/Juju-Jordash-Sis-Boom-Bah/release/10987321

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Anna Domino – East And West

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?
Barebones 80s pop

Moods

Introspective stroll in Williamsburg. Black T-shirt on.

Thoughts
There’s an enjoyable genuineness to this music which is strange as her singing is so nonchalant at times. Instrumentation features a band playing almost like they’re trying to replicate a synth/drum machine setup. I like the worldly percussion and strings on tracks like ‘repeat’.

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https://www.discogs.com/Anna-Domino-East-And-West/release/1926235

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Virtual Self – Virtual Self

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

Late 90s techno / hyper video game soundtrack

Thoughts
I like this, Wikipedia is spot on with its descriptions of techno from the 90s and ddr / final fantasy soundtracks.

Tight EP. Ghost voices is a standout track, the rest are enjoyable even if this brand of techno isn’t really my thing.

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https://www.discogs.com/Virtual-Self-Virtual-Self/release/11277003

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

DJ Koze – Knock Knock

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?
DJ koze’s undeniable house – quizzical hip hop beats meet German techno.

Thoughts
As much as I want to call every Koze release essential (seriously kozela thank you for the music) I think he’s at his best as a remixer. This album has some great peaks ( baby, planet hase, pick up) and the rest is solid. But Koze has operated at a master level that isn’t necessarily shown here. I do like the g-funk flourishes on the opener and Jesus. Great album, sunny drunk.

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https://www.discogs.com/DJ-Koze-Knock-Knock/release/11954934

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Deetron – DJ-Kicks

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?

Energetic house mix

Thoughts

A dynamic mix that builds in intensity. This is decidedly modern house but incorporates a number of styles and takes large influence from 90s golden age. The later half isn’t quite as good, track selection trades sexy for energy that I don’t particularly like. Ends with a perfect pair. I think this would play well with mature fans looking for something fresh.

My one complaint is he hops between styles and songs too frequently, never really settling on anything for longer than a minute. At times this is fun but I do wish some songs would’ve been stretched out more.

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https://www.discogs.com/Deetron-DJ-Kicks/release/11684630

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

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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Junior Boys – Last Exit

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

What’s it sound like?

Breathy synth-pop

Thoughts

Side one is amazing, side two is great but lacks a certain something from side one.

This is top notch for minimal synth pop.

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https://www.discogs.com/Junior-Boys-Last-Exit/release/335413

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Blood Orange – Freetown Sound

★★★★★ = Classic, essential listening

What’s it sound like?

Modern pop / R&B. Has a soulful well traveled hip vibe to it that incorporates elements of 80s synth funk.

Thoughts

Why a 5? This album was there for me in the hottest loneliest summer. It inspires hope fear and honesty. I’ll love it til I die.

Dev hynes you rock, thanks for this one.

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https://www.discogs.com/Blood-Orange-Freetown-Sound/release/9001208

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Nathaniel Merriweather,Lovage,Mike Patton,Jennifer Charles – Music To Make Love To Your Old Lady By

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Nathaniel Merriweather,Lovage,Mike Patton,Jennifer Charles – Music To Make Love To Your Old Lady By

What’s it sound like?
The songs feature Dan The Automator’s signature hip hop with vocals from Mike Patton and Jennifer Charles (elysian fields) singing satirical love songs.

Thoughts

A curiosity from Dan the automator more than anything. It’s always a treat hearing his production, and I’m a Mike Patton fan, so even if the result is uneven it was worth hearing.

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https://www.discogs.com/Nathaniel-Merriweather-Presents-Lovage-Avec-Michael-Patton-Jennifer-Charles-Music-To-Make-Love-To-Yo/release/129229

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