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.

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

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Kalabrese – Rumpelzirkus

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

Sounds like?

Personal fun and funky electro (I guess discogs calls this left field electro?)

Moods

An electro record with feeling.

Thoughts

Reminds me of a slightly off kilter Lumio who shares the carefree fun quality of Koze. That description might sound cliche (and there's for sure a certain cliche cheesiness on these tracks) but there's a love and curiosity of life that's very alive in this music.

These tracks run long allowing you to get into the groove. I appreciate the songwriting, tracks are layered and evolve with a natural ebb and flow.

He’s become my goto artist for Friday late night working sessions in the lab.

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https://www.discogs.com/Kalabrese-Rumpelzirkus/release/977370

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Hunee – Hunchin’ All Night

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?
New age / world into clubier house tracks

Moods
Obscure for the sake of being obscure

Thoughts
The 80s world pop on the first few songs is OK but things take a decidedly more interesting turn with ‘ritual of love’ where the house vibe is gradually turned up behind a vocal rambling. This transitions into Larry Heard’s burning 4 love, a fantastic house track. Things finish off OK, better than side 1 at least, but overall not anything I feel the need to revisit.

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https://www.discogs.com/Hunee-Hunchin-All-Night/release/11839108

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Juju & Jordash – Juju & Jordash

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?
Loose spacey electro

Thoughts
My favorite album of theirs, the analog approach works well here. Tracks cover a range of techno but all are done well.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Juju-Jordash-Juju-Jordash/release/1951138

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

CCFX – CCFX

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

Sounds like?

Big sounding, chord-driven indie rock that borrows stylistic flourishes from shoegaze

Moods
CCFX

Thoughts
Tight gem of an EP. A well done update on 90s shoegaze styles.

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https://www.discogs.com/CCFX-CCFX/release/11053569

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Chloé – The Waiting Room

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?
Dark diy electro with rock instrumentation

Moods
Can’t remember

Thoughts
A pretty OK uneven record. I like the longer rock numbers like it’s Sunday and brashov. Other tracks felt drawn out and not very strong.

I’ll credit her with creating a distinct character here. Feels raw and soulful; elements often missing from electro.

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https://www.discogs.com/Chlo%C3%A9-The-Waiting-Room/release/1077374

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Blanketship – Klangwunder / The Sound Of Fun Surrounds You

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?
Vintage jazz rock meets found sound DJ

Thoughts
Pretty good, forward thinking collage of lots of different sounds. The second record, klangwunder, was a bit more uneven and sporadic sounding.

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https://www.discogs.com/Blanketship-Klangwunder-The-Sound-Of-Fun-Surrounds-You/release/2030041

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Drinks – Hippo Lite

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?
Bare indie art rock

Thoughts

I like it, backended with simple guitar chords or melodies, the album seems to float through a variety of ideas. Vocals typically repeat a catchy mantra of some sort.

Deliberately strange, the album gets a little tired and pretentious towards the end, nothing I really want to come back to.

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https://www.discogs.com/Drinks-Hippo-Lite/release/11880745

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Junior Boys – Last Exit

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

What’s it sound like?

Breathy synth-pop

Thoughts

Side one is amazing, side two is great but lacks a certain something from side one.

This is top notch for minimal synth pop.

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https://www.discogs.com/Junior-Boys-Last-Exit/release/335413

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Blood Orange – Freetown Sound

★★★★★ = Classic, essential listening

What’s it sound like?

Modern pop / R&B. Has a soulful well traveled hip vibe to it that incorporates elements of 80s synth funk.

Thoughts

Why a 5? This album was there for me in the hottest loneliest summer. It inspires hope fear and honesty. I’ll love it til I die.

Dev hynes you rock, thanks for this one.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Blood-Orange-Freetown-Sound/release/9001208

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