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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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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https://www.discogs.com/Aphex-Twin-Selected-Ambient-Works-85-92/release/32662

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Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

What’s it sound like?

Avant garde electro

Thoughts

OPN has highly effective moments that will always keep me curious about his work. R plus seven is a great piece of work but it gets a little tiring at times (maddening loops, lots of nothing). Fans will recognize these as signatures of his compositions which help to build toward these bigger moments.

The Sonic profile of his music serves to create the apt description of “Facebook servers making music”.

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https://www.discogs.com/Oneohtrix-Point-Never-R-Plus-Seven/release/5183009

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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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Call Super – Arpo

⭐⭐⭐⭐

Quality avant garde electro, exploring lots of striking textures, sounds, blips and bloops while still keeping some type of beat. Refreshing in this beatless, ‘post-club’ environment.

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https://www.discogs.com/Call-Super-Arpo/release/11115688

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Daedelus – Denies The Day’s Demise

⭐⭐⭐

Daedelus is such an extraordinary talent that all of his catalog is worth a listen. I’m not always in the mood for his rapid fire production style but when I am I find there’s always something interesting to hear. Good tracks on days demise include viva vida and sama legrand.

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https://www.discogs.com/Daedelus-Denies-The-Days-Demise/release/705420

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Overmono – Arla III EP

⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is a combined review for Arla ep’s I, II and III which I think taken together make a great album. I’m not very good at classifying electronic music but this is quality UK electro like Jamie xx and Four Tet. Each of the EP’s compliments each other, wirth EP II incorporating manipulated vocal hooks as part of the production.

On another note, I really need to check out more releases by XL. Starting to see them as an emblem of quality.

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https://www.discogs.com/Overmono-Arla-III-EP/release/11192765

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