Nao Tokui – Mind The Gap

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

Minimal electro / tech house / ambient / IDM

Moods

Cold winter light

Thoughts

Solid minimal record. *Blips* and *bleeps*. Uses production noise like warm record hiss to create additional character and atmosphere. Not much in the way of songwriting, this is more about mood, but there's enough of a house bump to keep this moving. Things pickup with 'rotation' and ‘pine ave’, blurring the lines between ambient and IDM.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Nao-Tokui-Mind-The-Gap/release/176683

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvh3u6zPmtw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DZrv_A4CPs

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3M7ckJyWj0

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Nao Tokui – Mind The Gap

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Rating: 3 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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Maribou State – Kingdoms In Colour

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

SOHN – Tremors

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

serious, dramatic, dark electro pop

Moods

sexy scandinavian

Thoughts

Enjoyable pop with some interesting ideas. I guess I like this, the album all kind of blends together through very similar and basic electro production. It's slick no doubt but a little dry and impersonal with vague lyrical themes. Reminds me of apparat.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/S-O-H-N-Tremors/release/5559093

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlLJcbK7Xiw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AslPYSm7jfg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0AX03wZH90

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9btsq496hkQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWpvoylTLO8

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SOHN – Tremors

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Greyscalesound – Hologram

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

hip trapping with elements of vaporwave and hip hop mixed in

Moods

2020 Urban city headphone music

Thoughts

Engaging and accessible due to a forward energy. Trap at its heart, he flirts with modern electro styles but never commits, leaving this fresh and varied.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Greyscalesound-Hologram/release/6393753

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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

 

Pauline Oliveros – The Roots Of The Moment

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?

an accordian being drawn out over an hour

Moods

A strange horror soundtrack

Thoughts

I guess there's something here. Definitely different. Feel like the limits of avant-garde are stretched to a place I'm not interested in going.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Pauline-Oliveros-The-Roots-Of-The-Moment/release/2853717

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Maka, Durkin – Waterproof

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?

White boy modern r&b, young thug

Moods

Fake hipster

Thoughts

I sorta like this, it's carefree fun; maybe need a drink with it. The sound feels superfluous, like they're trying to capitalize on a trendy vibe rather than a true inspiration. It reminds me of that vampire weekend side project 'discovery’ but not as good.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Maka-9-Durkin-Waterproof/release/12555469

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

The Books – The Lemon Of Pink

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

Sounds like?

String acoustic sample electro experimental

Moods

There's a creative thread here that's awesome to watch unravel, I love revisiting this album

Thoughts

I've come back to this album a lot over the years, why? Partially because it sounds lovely: an intimate folk album that incorporates just the right amount of sample based electro elements. I particularly love the first few songs but always find myself staying for the entirety.

The primary reason I keep coming back is due to an inspiring feeling that isn't easy to capture in music. It's almost as if you can feel the creative push at work, forcing themselves to explore new territory.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/The-Books-The-Lemon-Of-Pink/release/196682

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiXpi5u5Vu8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiuC8A8eKu4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FC0jSezdwTU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1irbhY_dgY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ku-g3LiBxmg

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Fitz Ambro$e, Submerse – Villa Rosa

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

electro hip hop with an 80s light funk vibe

Moods

Vaporwave sunset

Thoughts

Pretty good for a background listen. Short and sweet with flirtations of vaporwave.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Fitz-Ambroe-Submerse-Villa-Rosa/release/11979710

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PqePdh9r0s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0_4Mqvk9fk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPv4JXG3QWE

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

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

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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