Category: Various

Moby – Ambient

Moby – Ambient       Ned Raggett: ‘Like so much of Moby’s earliest work, this isn’t so much an album as a compilation via his original label, Instinct. Ambient influences in techno were all the rage in 1993 in terms of press and coverage (though jungle would swiftly eclipse both it and the progressive […]

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Kings Of Leon – Walls

Kings Of Leon – Walls       Matt Collar : ‘On their seventh studio album, 2016’s WALLS, Kings of Leon clearly attempt to crack the surface of that codified shell, hunkering down in Los Angeles with producer Markus Dravs (Florence + the Machine, Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons), purportedly taking a looser, less critical […]

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Glue Trip – Glue Trip

Glue Trip – Glue Trip       novomundo: ‘Experimental and psychedelic pop of Lucas and Felipe comes from João Pessoa, capital of the Paraíba state in the Northeast of Brazil. Eight titles alternately hallucinogenic, bright, clammy. Eight ” trips ” matured in the saving twilight of Lucas’ s Home-Studio, apartemento 307. Little by little […]

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Jóhann Jóhannsson – Free the Mind

Jóhann Jóhannsson – Free the Mind       The score is written for a 60 piece orchestra, piano, percussion and electronics. It was recorded in Studio 22, Hungarian Radio in Budapest and was conducted by Peter Pejtsik. The film follows a group of veterans from the war in Afghanistan suffering from Post Traumatic Stress […]

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Nicolas Jaar – Sirens

Nicolas Jaar – Sirens       Rovi Staff: “Sirens, the third album from Nicolas Jaar, falls somewhere between the contemplative microhouse of first album Space Is Only Noise (2011) and the glossier follow-up Pomegranates (2015). Introduced with the haunting 11-minute track “Killing Time,” Jaar integrates new elements into his sound, from the synth pop […]

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Xavier Rudd – Spirit Bird

Xavier Rudd – Spirit Bird       Timothy Monger: ‘Xavier Rudd’s seventh album Spirit Bird finds the Australian multi-instrumentalist expanding on the sonic and lyrical themes laid out in much of his previous work. There are propulsive, experimental pieces heavy with ethnic percussion and featuring his ever-present didgeridoo along with quieter, more song-based work […]

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Joe Satriani – Surfing With The Alien

Joe Satriani – Surfing With The Alien       Stephen Thomas Erlewine: ‘Surfing with the Alien belongs to its era like Are You Experienced? belongs to its own — perhaps it doesn’t transcend its time the way the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s 1967 debut does, but Joe Satriani’s 1987 breakthrough can be seen as the […]

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Rodrigo & Gabriela – re-Foc

Rodrigo & Gabriela – re-Foc       Thom Jurek: ‘While Rodrigo y Gabriela’s self-titled third album is an utter and complete joy to listen to — actually, it’s more of a riotous celebration — it’s more than difficult to describe exactly what they do. This Mexican guitar duo met while in a heavy metal […]

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James Blake – The Colour In Anything

James Blake – The Colour In Anything       Andy Kellman: ‘…A couple weeks later, the long-delayed The Colour in Anything materialized at a length nearly that of his first two albums put together. Recording began in London. Once stalled by creative fatigue, Blake decamped to Rick Rubin’s Malibu studio. The sunnier environment had […]

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Guns N’ Roses – Greatest Hits

      Dan Gennoe: ‘If time is the true test, then Guns N’ Roses’ Greatest Hits confirms that they really were one of the greatest rock & roll bands in the world. While, in retrospect, fellow graduates of the class of 1987 are about as cool as poodle perms and spandex, the L.A. bad […]

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Four Tet – Rounds

      John Bush: ‘For his solo projects, Fridge’s Kieran Hebden is a lo-fi experimentalist who, had he been recording 15 years ago, would’ve been cranking out songs on a four-track recorder instead of a laptop. As demonstrated on his third record, Rounds, he’s one of the few musicians capturing all the promise inherent […]

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Paul Weller – Days of Speed

      Stephen Thomas Erlewine: ‘Despite the unplugged boon of the ’90s, Paul Weller steadfastly refused to succumb to the acoustic trend until the decade rolled over into the new millennium, and he did a solo tour shortly after the release of his fifth solo album, Heliocentric. This actually turns out to be a […]

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Pet Shop Boys – Please

Pet Shop Boys – Please Stephen Thomas Erlewine: ‘A collection of immaculately crafted and seamlessly produced synthesized dance-pop, the Pet Shop Boys’ debut album, Please, sketches out the basic elements of the duo’s sound. At first listen, most of the songs come off as mere excuses for the dancefloor, driven by cold, melodic keyboard riffs […]

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Buffalo Springfield – Retrospective

Buffalo Springfield – Retrospective       Steven Stolder: ‘Only a handful of bands have made a greater impact with fewer recordings than the short-lived Buffalo Springfield. Their history is told in the titles of their three albums: 1967’s eponymous debut was followed by the peak-performance Again later that year, which was followed by 1968’s […]

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Faithless – Reverence

 Faithless – Reverence       Amy Hanson: ‘Maxi Jazz, the maestro behind Faithless, is well titled as “the grand oral disseminator.” The tales he spins make this album a manifesto, religious experience, sexual escapade, and 24-hour rave all rolled up into one tightly constructed package. As Jazz explored hip-hop through the 1980s and his […]

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Ariana Grande – My Everything

Ariana Grande – My Everything     My Everything is the second studio album by American singer Ariana Grande, released on August 22, 2014 by Republic Records. Grande describes My Everything as “an evolution” from her debut album, Yours Truly (2013); it explores more mature themes and genres. Upon its release, the album debuted atop […]

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Tangerine Dream – Ricochet

Tangerine Dream – Ricochet Glenn Swan: ‘Electronic trio Tangerine Dream embrace their equipment and take their audience on an actual journey through this especially good, two-part showcase recorded live in France and Britain. Featuring the early and memorable lineup of Chris Franke, Edgar Froese, and Peter Baumann, Ricochet continuously evolves to the next plateau of […]

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Terry Riley – A Rainbow in Curved Air

Terry Riley – A Rainbow in Curved Air “Blue” Gene Tyranny: ‘After several graph compositions and early pattern pieces with jazz ensembles in the late ’50s and early ’60s (see “Concert for Two Pianists and Tape Recorders” and “Ear Piece” in La Monte Young’s book An Anthology), Riley invented a whole new music which has […]

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Deru – 1979

Deru – 1979 1979 is a living time capsule 1979 is a perpetual relic 1979 is a collective, beating heart 1979 is a breathing human record 1979 is a meditation on nostalgia 1979 is my fifth studio album 1979 is the year I was born There’s not a doubt in my mind that memory is […]

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Robert Miles – Dreamland

Robert Miles – Dreamland    Jose F. Promis: ‘Italian pianist turned DJ Robert Miles scored a massive international hit with his wonderful, dreamy dance cut “Children” (one of the 1990s biggest and best dance hits) from his debut album Dreamland. The album at times sounds as if it were one continuous song (or set of […]

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