Category: Indie Electronic

The Acid – Liminal

The Acid – Liminal       Heather Phares: Even if they’re not billed as a supergroup, the Acid’s three members boast a formidable amount of talent (and other projects): Adam Freeland scored a hit single with 2003’s breakbeat-driven “We Want Your Soul” and remixed songs by Orbital and Silversun Pickups, among others; along with his […]

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LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening

LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening ‘ Tim Sendra ‘ Following up Sound of Silver was never going to be easy for LCD Soundsystem. There was so much positive reaction from music fans, the press, from everywhere, really, that almost any move James Murphy made was bound to be seen as inferior, or at the very least, flawed […]

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Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles

Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles AMG Review: No matter how much Crystal Castles insist they’re named after She-Ra’s fortress and not the 1983 arcade favorite, thanks to the Atari sound chips in their keyboards, their music evokes vintage video game soundtracks — albeit ones that have been folded, spindled, and mutilated almost past recognition. On their […]

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Metronomy – Love Letters

Metronomy – Love Letters Love Letters is the fourth studio album by English electronic band Metronomy released on March 10, 2014 through Because Music. The album is solid electro-pop, some tracks fare better over others, including the lovely Monstrous, and the excellent piece of disco that is Boy Racers. Some of the tracks do test […]

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Rhye – Woman

Rhye – Woman AMG Review: In 2010, Mike Milosh flew to Denmark to work on a Quadron remix with that duo’s Robin Hannibal. The collaboration grew into another duo, named Rhye, which released two singles on Innovative Leisure in 2012. Milosh and Hannibal weren’t forthcoming about being behind the achingly romantic soul-pop elegance of “Open” […]

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Caribou – Our Love

Caribou – Our Love AMG Review: Electronic artist Dan Snaith, working as Caribou, produced brilliantly abstract albums for more than a decade, moving from the glitchy weirdness of his 2001 debut, Start Breaking My Heart, into more delicate mergers of organic sounds and electronic production, with his 2007 standout album Andorra and its more psychedelic […]

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Télépopmusik – Genetic World

Télépopmusik – Genetic World AMG review:  This debut outing by French techno craftsmen Fabrice Dumont, Stephan Haeri, and Christophe Hetier is a lounge lizard’s idea of heaven. Among the many intriguing elements stitched between the subtle dance beats are sultry female spoken-word snippets and seductive melodies provided by Peaches and Chilly Gonzales and gravel-voiced Scottish […]

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Ulrich Schnauss – A Strangely Isolated Place

Ulrich Schnauss – A Strangely Isolated Place AMG Review:  Ulrich Schnauss’ second record for City Centre Offices moves away from the early-’90s U.K. techno touches of Far Away Trains Passing By in order to zero in on another early-’90s U.K. phenomenon. Though it was plain to hear in the debut that Schnauss had an affinity […]

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Daughter – If You Leave

Daughter – If You Leave AMG Review: Given its beginnings as Elena Tonra’s solo project, it would be easy to assume that Daughter is just another singer/songwriter act with a couple of supporting musicians. However, over the course of If You Leave, Tonra, guitarist Igor Haefeli, and drummer Remi Aguilella make it clear that this […]

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James Blake – Overgrown

James Blake – Overgrown Overgrown is the second studio album by English electronic musician James Blake. It was released on 5 April 2013 by Blake’s ATLAS Records, along with A&M Records and Polydor Records. Overgrown débuted at number eight on the UK Albums Chart and at number one of the US Dance/Electronic chart, becoming Blake’s […]

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Little Dragon – Little Dragon

Little Dragon – Little Dragon Review by Vincent Thomas For years now, the world of music has been too global and interconnected for one to truly be surprised at an outfit such as Little Dragon – Little Dragon, but it’s no less a wonder that a sound as American as soul and R&B can infuse […]

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Gotye – Like Drawing Blood

Gotye – Like Drawing Blood AMG Review:  Assembled from a mountain of bargain-bin samples, Belgian-Australian maverick Gotye’s second solo album, Gotye – Like Drawing Blood, is an impressively eclectic cut-and-paste affair that suggests “the next Sting/Peter Gabriel” labels are doing him a slight disservice. Produced by Franc Tetaz (Architecture in Helsinki), the follow-up to 2003’s […]

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Múm – Finally We Are No One

Múm – Finally We Are No One AMG Review: Múm’s first album for Fat Cat — by no coincidence, the label that also broke fellow Icelanders Sigur Rós — has all the majestic synths, crackly drum machine percussion, sampled silence, and crystalline vocals you’d expect from the country that produced Björk and Sigur Rós, though […]

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Amok – Atoms for Peace

Amok – Atoms for Peace Amok – Atoms for Peace is the debut album by the alternative rock band Atoms for Peace, released on February 25, 2013 through XL Recordings. The album features Radiohead singer Thom Yorke (vocals, guitar, keyboards and programming), Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea (bass), longtime Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich (production […]

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Röyksopp – Junior

Röyksopp – Junior Röyksopp’s third studio album, Junior, was released on 23 March 2009, featuring the single “Happy Up Here AMG review: Makers of sophisticated dance-pop with more than enough production finesse to intrigue electronica listeners, Röyksopp complete their transition from trip-hop maestros to electronic popsters on their third album, Röyksopp – Junior. As on 2005’s […]

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The Album Leaf – A Chorus of Storytellers

The Album Leaf – A Chorus of Storytellers AMG review: For his fifth album, A Chorus of Storytellers, the Album Leaf mastermind Jimmy LaValle decided to make some changes to the old formula his solo project stuck with. Most notably, LaValle recorded the album with a live band, rather than going at it alone with the […]

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Radiohead – Kid A

Radiohead – Kid A       Stephen Thomas Erlewine: ‘ In the wake of OK Computer, it became taken for granted among serious rock fans of all ages that Radiohead not only saved rock from itself, but paved the way toward the future. High praise, but given the static nature of rock in the last […]

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The Notwist – Neon Golden

The Notwist – Neon Golden Amg review: The Notwist – Neon Golden was a subtle rewiring of the Notwist’s long-established baroque hip-hop post-rock fetishist technique. The album’s minimal kitchen-sink vibe was stronger, the wide assortment of instruments were arranged with new conviction, and the band would throw in a startlingly unpretentious mixture of tub-thumbing static, cellos, […]

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