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.

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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.

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Emperor Penguin – Extreme Gaming

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?

Indie guitar/drums/keys trio makes record to mimic found sound sample album.

Thoughts
I’d skip this album and go for their other two,songs feel less finished then the debut. Beats are laid down just kinda hang without real direction, repeating until the tracks end. Gone are the funky keys solos that made their first album so engaging. OK as background listening but for what?

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https://www.discogs.com/Emperor-Penguin-Extreme-Gaming/release/153812

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Emperor Penguin – Shatter The Illusion Of Integrity, Yeah

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?

A band performing the format of an instrumental sample driven hip hop record. Styles range from funk to hip hop to rock

Thoughts

This is an interesting take on the usually tiresome instrumental beat album. At its best songs are gfunk funky and successfully creates a hazy stoner dusty rich sample atmosphere.

Reminds me of the beta band 3 ep’s at times, that’s a mighty compliment.

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https://www.discogs.com/Emperor-Penguin-Shatter-The-Illusion-Of-Integrity-Yeah/release/155404

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Death Grips – Fashion Week (Instrumentals)

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?

Industrial instrumental electro, a modern house version of prime-NIN.

Thoughts
The instrumentals are fine Death grips fans will obviously miss MC Ride who is in all other death grips releases. Has its moments but nothing I felt like revisiting.

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https://www.discogs.com/Death-Grips-Fashion-Week-Instrumentals/release/6489505

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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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