Louis Cole – Time

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

Quick bedroom synth jazz funk pop

Moods

the white thundercat of synths

Thoughts

He's got a distinct sound of synth poppy synth funk. It's quick like those little soulful flourishes a keys player might lay in but all the time. It's jazzy and technical, good, but songwriting can get tiring. I like the lyrical themes, digital insecurities around sex and relationships; timeless but modern.

I have fond memories of knower shows and wish Louis the best luck as a proficient backbone of brainfeeder.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Louis-Cole-Time/release/12543607

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Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8Sjam1hnrA

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Bullion – Loop The Loop

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

Billed as leftfield, it reminds me of quasi-electro folk acts like panda bear

Moods

Coastal electro

Thoughts

has a reverb beach boys / panda bear thing going on – not quite organic but welcome lines like quick bongo loops on tracks like self catering.

Good stuff.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Bullion-Loop-The-Loop/release/8185731

Listen!

Youtube

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

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Nc5ZsZzMVI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3eyXhdLhGs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWB6OPR6Xko

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Thom Yorke – Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

yorkes spare and ethereal electro with a bit of techno

Moods

It's as if I'm a passenger in my own life

Thoughts

An accessible entry to Thom Yorke's Solo work. Sparse production wise but he's developing further, it's as if this has the kid a + amnesiac textures with the directnews of hail to the thief.

The hip techno flair on early tracks give this an approachability to those outside of the Radiohead fanboy circuit.  Drifts further towards the end but a good record overall.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Thom-Yorke-Tomorrows-Modern-Boxes/release/6127488

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqbFFVOul50

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZe6mUnZWzs

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

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Mariel Ito – Decryptor EP

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?

Tech House

Moods

Inspires dark small club vibe

Thoughts

I wanted to like this more than I did. I like tech house overall just never engaged me in any real way

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Mariel-Ito-Decryptor-EP/release/3462646

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UumU8lRQZqI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6ubSh72PuA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_v79ra_VEg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYojVN5CGYY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOqBIhbCIZ0

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Maribou State – Kingdoms In Colour

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

polished and well produced electro pop. Has a seriousness and rock aspect to it, an approach like downtempo.

Moods

Sounds like a show for 30 somethings thrown by Spotify and Stella Artois at a 'loft space’ with visible air ducts

Thoughts

The album takes a bit of time to get going but I like it. At times it feels generic and overly polished but tracks are rich and varied enough thanks to the great guests (Holly walker's vocals adding the most).

They seem like they'd be fun live. Just the right amount of positive energy while still maintaining an open jam feel. Reminds me of thievery corporation.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Maribou-State-Kingdoms-In-Colour/release/12448883

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VT78T4jcMsI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vtvvdtzk4dw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwujOBXy1Fo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyX3EWdtbmA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAgJG6yJ5U8

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Cavern Of Anti-Matter – Void Beats/Invocation Trex

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

Krautrock open ended free flowing jams

Moods

A ringing E chord and three-dee melodie

Thoughts

Consider this an extension of Stereolab as it's led by Tim Gane. At times they mimic Stereolab and CAN with the organ and spritely bounce so often employed in their songs. I'd say these guys are a bit more laid back and not quite as tight. There's an exploratory rhythm and that's perhaps what invokes CAN, each beat feels like they're chugging into new territory and comfortable with wherever they end up (perhaps this natural optimism is what makes stereolab so infectious).

Pantechnicon is a good one, the keys feel a bit more fun and it signals a more melodic shift overall.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Cavern-Of-Anti-Matter-Void-BeatsInvocation-Trex/release/8143859

Listen!

Youtube

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njkK_YO6Zt0

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2dZ46U2pl8

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Azealia Banks – Slay-Z

★☆☆☆☆ = Bad

Sounds like?

Rap edm

Moods

Night out, downtown Manhattan or how not to do a rap/electro crossover

Thoughts

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Azealia-Banks-Slay-Z/release/8469877

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXUfBxMbC3A

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usDQB21uQ1A

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qH90-6sCIoc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJskdaNiz6U

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Rating: 1 out of 5

 

Abra – Rose

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

Modern r&b with sparse synth / drumpad production

Moods

Feels like wearing a starter jacket in 2017

Thoughts

I like the style but she's kind of lacking lyrical substance. Things open up with a Spacey / subduded band vibe on tracks like rose. I liked a bunch off this.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Abra-Rose/release/7145364

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-qcz47h9zo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhe7CckB05w

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CI1g4dnDtao

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSZkeg4T2u4

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Rival Consoles – Persona

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?
Energetic electro

Moods
Rather be listening to another rival consoles album

Thoughts
Not crazy about this release. The first two Rival Console albums had a distinct intensity to them that is missing here. Instead this album favors more melodic moments that doesn’t land as well.

I do like the brief pair of calm instrumental tracks, in kind and the album closer. Introspective in tone they featured a meandering keyboard solo over some hissy electro beat. Hope there’s more of this somewhere.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Rival-Consoles-Persona/release/11887899

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Ex-Terrestrial – Urth Born

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?

Spacey comedown techno.

Thoughts

Really just OK and I think I’d like it better in certain settings, ie not on my commute. Water walk is the highlight. Feels very much like a lesser clone of the orb.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Ex-Terrestrial-Urth-Born/release/11606158

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Rating: 2 out of 5