Folamour – Umami

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

Fun house with a positive vibe and featuring classic r&b samples

Moods

Hip DJ at a trendy lounge

Thoughts
I like this. Obvious samples like ‘get into the party’ integrate well with his brand of house. I could picture this as background music at a hip party.

I prefer the instrumental and more rhythmic ‘look at me or I’ll steal your eyes’ utilizing a rich drumline that reminds me of an accessible moodymann.

Planning to check out more by this dude.

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https://www.discogs.com/Folamour-Umami/release/12416120

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Deadmau5 – Random Album Title

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?
Trance/techno/edm

Moods
Big flashy Vegas club

Thoughts
There’s something hypnotic about the trance thump backboning this whole thing. He’s at his worst during the bloated techno but has some good moments when a bit more chilled out.

Kind of tasteless and bland overall.

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https://www.discogs.com/Deadmau5-Random-Album-Title/release/7165955

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Rating: 2 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

 

Avalon Emerson – Narcissus In Retrograde

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?
Intense techno

Moods
Accessible Berghain

Thoughts
Biting and varied, hits with a booming intensity, reminds me of a more accessible version of Surgeon.

‘Why does it hurt’ is a bit boring, the rest is strong.

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https://www.discogs.com/Avalon-Emerson-Narcissus-In-Retrograde/release/9429305

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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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https://www.discogs.com/DJDS-Big-Wave-More-Fire/release/12390752

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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

 

Studio OST – Scenes (2012​-​2015)

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?

Bassy hip minimal house.

Thoughts

Galcher lustwerk makes a pretty solid minimal house record. It’s not outstanding but I like his style direction and overall sound. This is an accessible introduction to his brand of house.

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https://www.discogs.com/Studio-OST-Scenes-2012-2015/release/8361439

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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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Ricky Eat Acid – Talk To You Soon

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

What’s it sound like?
A scatter of modern electro styles: trap, Blood Diamonds / Grimes art-electro, pensive piano bits, confessional lyrics.

Thoughts
Another good one from Ricky, this is the third album I’ve heard of his and I continue to be impressed by his catalog.

The constant change is what makes this such an engaging album. He’s not a particularly good songwriter but strings this together into a great collage.

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https://www.discogs.com/Ricky-Eat-Acid-Talk-To-You-Soon/release/9302447

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