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  • The number of electronic producers that stumble upon world fusion while discovering a stylistic voice of their own are sprouting up in this global village we live in, and we’re beginning to notice with our wallets. The posterboys of the phenomenon must be Seattle’s, ODESZA, whose debut studio release this year, In Return, opened at number […]

  • Flux is Close Talker’s second album, surprisingly since they’ve only been an official band since 2012. According to the young quartet from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, this album’s theme is change and evolution, but the sounds of Flux are surprisingly constant and similar throughout the album. Moody, atmospheric, and sometimes strange, the sounds of Flux are mellow […]

  • By ways of intro. There are many things that distinguish the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival from other festivals that keep growing like Taylor Swift’s exes. Venue is the first key difference. Unlike Lollaplooza’s Grant Park or Coachella’s desert, BEMF doesn’t have a lot of space partitioned off for its own purposes. The festival instead takes place […]

  • Before we get to Berlin’s Keinemusik and their celebratory compilation Workparty Five, which marks five years of business as a label, I shall provide a quick, self-serving, and gapping-hole filled history of synthpop and its connection to Germany.   Back in ’69, a German living in the US, named Gershon Kingsley, got a hold of a […]

  • Mellow gets a bad rap. Historically, outside of R&B and adult contemporary markets, it’s been difficult to create excitement over music which is, for lack of a better term, mellow. Ridiculous, given the number of absolutely vital albums that are categorically calm. Has anyone ever expressed discontent with Roxy Music’s seminal Avalon, The Blue Nile’s […]

  • Can you tell the difference between a Ryan Hemsworth lyric and a sad teenager? Trick question – there is no difference, at least not so far on this record. Alone for the First Time is Hemsworth’s sophomore follow-up to last year’s debut, Guilt Trips, and it’s clear there’s a ring of truth to his press […]

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  • Whether you’re an EDM fan or not you’ve most likely heard “Jubel” by Klingande over the last few months. This upbeat track proved to be the anthem of the summer topping #1 charts across North American and Europe. But...

  • England often brings us interesting juxtapositions of music; from FKA twigs to London Grammar and Lewis Watson, the Brits have been slowly invading the North American music scene. One of the more recent standouts is Azekel, a twenty-something singer/songwriter/producer...

  • To her fans she’s known as Zola Jesus, but when I sat down with Nika Danilova I was introduced to an articulate young woman who thrives by challenging herself and creating whole worlds for everyone to indulge in. Rose...

  • I recently met with Doug Shotwell and The Right Hand Band prior to their life-affirming show at BuckleDown Brewing in Lyons, IL. They proved to be an affable and insightful bunch. As wide-eyed as they were wizened beyond their...

  • “Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.” — Oscar Wilde There’s a definite guilty pleasure in meeting Slow Magic without the techno-tribal mask. It makes an...

  • Last week I got a chance to chat with King Tuff’s Kyle Thomas over the phone about his new record, Black Moon Spell. Thomas had some pretty insightful things to share including his views on the supernatural, Bobby Harlow, fuelling creativity and many...

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