Galcher Lustwerk – 200% Galcher

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?
Hip modern deep house with mumbling lyrics.

Moods
Nocturnal and hip

Thoughts
I’m a fan of this dude’s production, it’s like a tasteful young Americans take on Koze. The lyrics detract at times as they’re most just general ruminating that don’t say a whole lot.

Like the aesthetic and sound overall.

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

DJ Dodger Stadium – Big Wave More Fire

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?
Energetic electro with vocals

Moods
2017 with a kick

Thoughts
Fan of these dudes, underrated producers who produced great mixes as LOL boys as well as for Kanye. I thought their debut was great (note: I should revisit that one) but a bit on the experimental side at times.

I like this release albeit a bit repetitive as an entire album. Production relies on vocoder and a break beat style that gives instant energy. The usage of vocoder reminds me of Justin Vernon at times and I can’t picture this aging gracefully. Still, a lot to like on this highly accessible album.

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Let’s Eat Grandma – I’m All Ears

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?
indie synth pop

Thoughts
Lacking the interesting diversity of their debut this is more slick and refined. A bit boring with the exception of a few moments (donnie darko is great). I find it cool their working with sophie for production but didn’t fruitful of a collaboration here.

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Terry Riley – Happy Ending

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?
Distinctive Terry Riley

side 1: solo keys
side 2: sax takes focus and organ raises

Thoughts
Two very different halves in explorations of minimalism. The keys in journey from the death of a friend is an engaging solo work of Terry riley though it doesn’t cover a lot of ground or offer much to revisit.

Happy ending, side 2, is a prime piece of spiritual jazz with a consistent sax line that’s contrasted against a set of keys and pianos. It changes shape successfully, conjuring up an array of emotions before building to joy when the piano kicks in at the end.

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Ween – The Mollusk

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

What’s it sound like?
Prog rock meets sea shanties

Thoughts
Not usually a fan of goofy concept records but the songwriting is impressive here.

Reminds me of super furry animals at times, enjoyable listen.

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

John Cale,Terry Riley – Church Of Anthrax

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

What’s it sound like?
Experimental 60s psychedelic pop jams

Thoughts
Highly recommended and fruitful collaboration between these two legends. I’d describe this as the Grateful Dead meets the VU at their most experimental.

Top-notch instrumentation and songwriting. While it has a jam vibe it never wanders too far into noodling territory.

I need to revisit this more, seems as if it would reward repeat listening.

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Princess Nokia – A Girl Cried Red

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

What’s it sound like?
Rapper meets bedroom singer songwriter

Thoughts
This feels like the voice of the ‘youtube’ generation we’ve been waiting for. She’s pulling from a lot of familiar styles but the album carries the emotional honesty of a fragile teenager matched with a tasteful worldly hip hop backdrop.

Another one of these recent culture vultures who has taken in her surroundings and turned them into something new.

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Will DiMaggio – At Ease

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

What’s it sound like?

Happy left field electro. Discogs calls this future jazz which I’ll need to check out.

Has a funky sort’ve new world vibe to it, cool pan flute sound.

Thoughts
This is really good, fresh and original sound. He successfully builds on the retro la-funk that’s been so popular lately.

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Rating: 4 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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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Grand River – Wers

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?
Hip sexy modern electro.

Thoughts
Good borderline generic electro. I like what’s she’s doing and has a good ear for a trendy accessible bounce here. Has a fun summer vibe.

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Rating: 3 out of 5