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

 

Pole – Steingarten

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?
Dub influenced German minimal with angular noise

Moods
Womping to the beat

Thoughts

First few tracks have this cartoonish womp to them that took away from the sleekness I typically want out of minimal house. On a closer listen it’s really an incorporation of dub, almost like dub meets German minimal. Tracks are layered with lots of subtleties although on the surface things may seem straightforward. Something about this album stuck with me before I revisited it a second time.

Later tracks improve, Dusseldorf is a keeper and I like the distortion and noise that’s present on most of the record but really utilized effectively on the final tracks.

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https://www.discogs.com/Pole-Steingarten/release/2807191

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Keith Fullerton Whitman – Playthroughs

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

Sounds like?
Ambient noise

Moods

Working

Thoughts
Excellent ambient, captures a mood and doesn’t let go. This is all done with guitar, think long ‘held’ notes.

‘Modena’ is an album standout and benefits from a traditional song structure.

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https://www.discogs.com/Keith-Fullerton-Whitman-Playthroughs/release/73749

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Rating: 4 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

 

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

 

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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https://www.discogs.com/Terry-Riley-Happy-Ending/release/264527

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Rating: 3 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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https://www.discogs.com/John-Cale-Terry-Riley-Church-Of-Anthrax/release/1363130

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Labradford – E Luxo So

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?

Post rock

Thoughts

Sparse, slow and boring.

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https://www.discogs.com/Labradford-E-Luxo-So/release/18227

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Labradford – Mi Media Naranja

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?

Noirish post rock

Thoughts

The guitar has a certain Americana shimmer/reverb that really develops the texture here, creating a creepy David Lynch atmosphere. Each track tends to feature some background ambient noise like a slight rumble and a high pitched tone.

Highly repetitive but with subtle changes that unfold gloriously to the patient listener.

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https://www.discogs.com/Labradford-Mi-Media-Naranja/release/408838

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