I Never Learn

as heard on radiospin on May 2nd, 2014
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Swedish songstress Lykke Li returns after three years with her 3rd album I Never Learn. While the deep percussion and her 60s girl group vocals are still in evidence, we find her in gentler and more introspective form this time around. Chronicling the aftermath of a bitter break-up, many of the tracks deal with what comes after: that deep, aching hurt that is left behind when all the crockery has been smashed and the bags have been packed. While the background is wistful and sad, the pain is etched into the lyrics, a broken heart very obviously on a sleeve. Though her words may speak of her intention to keep love at bay, the fragility of her vocals, enveloped in the shimmering arrangement, give a sense that such promises may be hard to keep. Lykke Li has channeled her grief into to something beautiful, a stunning break-up album that will resonate with anyone who has ever had a heart.

Lykke Li - I Never Learn

ARTIST: Lykke Li
TITLE: I Never Learn
LABEL: Atlantic
RELEASE DATE: May 6, 2014
TIME: 33:14 min.
PURCHASE: price – 10.00$

01. I Never Learn [03:06]
02. No Rest For the Wicked [03:43]
03. Just Like A Dream [04:09]
04. Silver Line [04:00]
05. Gunshot [03:24]
06. Love Me Like I’m Not Made of Stone [03:47]
07. Never Gonna Love Again [04:01]
08. Heart of Steel [04:05]
09. Sleeping Alone [02:59]

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as heard on radiospin on April 28th, 2014
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We Have Band return with their 3rd album Movements: 11 songs conceived in their East London basement studio, produced by band member Tom Wegg-Prosser with additional glitter added by Tim Goldsworthy (DFA Records, LCD Soundsystem, UNKLE). It is music from the sweaty hearts of husband and wife Tom and Dede and band mate Darren Bancroft. WHB toured their previous releases intensely, but now it’s about taking it back to the dance floor, the place that inspired them to make music together in the first steps. There was a simple rule when writing songs for this album: if they didn’t make the band move at first conception, then they didn’t make the cut. The result is an A list of deadly, ruthless and energetic cuts, all refined, polished and turned to gold by the magical hands and by the fantastic touch of the DFA producer.

We Have Band - Movements

ARTIST: We Have Band
TITLE: Movements
LABEL: Naïve
RELEASE DATE: May 6, 2014
TIME: 43:32 min.
PURCHASE: price – 34.82$

01. Modulate [04:29]
02. You Only [04:17]
03. Look the Way We Are [03:46]
04. Someone [03:51]
05. Save Myself [03:29]
06. No More Time [03:50]
07. Burning On My Lips [03:13]
08. Heart Jump [02:28]
09. Please [04:31]
10. Every Stone [04:17]
11. Blue [05:21]

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If It Looks Could Kill

as heard on radiospin on April 4th, 2014
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Danton Eeprom‘s latest album If It Looks Could Kill is the aftermath of an intense period at the controls of his purpose-built studio. The result is a record which is hybridised at its core, where pop songs gradually intertwine with dance floor values while sprinkling risqué references in the process. Doing things by the book has never been Danton’s forte. That might be the reason why the London-based Frenchman’s path is so atypical, it’s probably why he has never committed to a specific style or musical family either, when pretty much everyone else seems to be in a rush to “belong”. Mind you, if he had, he would certainly have bored you to tears a long time ago, and his releases would not be welcomed with a distinctive sense of “what has he done this time”. From the start it was clear Danton was in for a jolly good laugh, and trend-setters got it spot on when they started to embrace his deviant but addictive music. He was a man on a mission, and a mission he took really seriously at that: giving all he had, sweat, blood, beats and screaming synths, whenever he set foot in the main clubs of pretty much all the countries who have a knack for electronic music.

Danton Eeprom - If It Looks Could Kill

ARTIST: Danton Eeprom
TITLE: If It Looks Could Kill
RELEASE DATE: March 11, 2014
TIME: 55:57 min.
PURCHASE: special offer – ONLY 6.99$

01. Melodrama in Cinerama [03:04]
02. Biscotto & Chimpanzee [03:41]
03. Hex Tape [04:02]
04. Femdom [08:26]
05. All American Apparel [03:38]
06. Never Ask, Never Tell [05:36]
07. All Dressed Up (and nowhere to go) [04:49]
08. Occidental Damage [05:16]
09. Hungty For More [07:05]
10. All Eyes On Me [04:20]

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Present Tense

as heard on radiospin on March 25th, 2014
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Wild Beasts 4th album begins exactly as you might expect a Wild Beasts album to. There’s a waterfall of processed voices, like a crowded bar with the background chatter sung, a determined, quick-eyed rhythm, out there and looking for prey. But instead of this, Present Tense is a markedly different creature from their first three albums, and especially a significant move forward from 2011’s Top 20 LP Smother. Anyone hoping for a repeat of its neo-disco might be disappointed. This is a far more reflective affair, with the lyrical gymnasium packed away. A good thing: if they’d continued writing lines that pranced so high their balls had a habit of dropping out of their shorts, then Wild Beasts would have become boring very quickly. Then again, where do Wild Beasts fit in now? This is not rock music. This is not indie music. Someone (maybe themselves too) would like it to be pop music, and it should be, but one blast of commercial radio in a local shop will tell you that’s just not permitted. So please, don’t give a damn about it: Present Tense is Wild Beasts to the core, and it all makes for an album in which to lose yourself.

Wild Beasts - Present Tense

ARTIST: Wild Beasts
TITLE: Present Tense
LABEL: Domino
RELEASE DATE: February 25, 2014
TIME: 40:59 min.
PURCHASE: price – 11.99$

01. Wanderlust [04:55]
02. Nature Boy [03:33]
03. Mecca [03:45]
04. Sweet Spot [03:59]
05. Daughters [04:47]
06. Pregnant Pause [03:09]
07. A Simple Beautiful Truth [02:36]
08. A Dog’s Life [03:21]
09. Past Perfect [02:57]
10. New Life [04:37]
11. Palace [03:20]

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as heard on radiospin on March 24th, 2014
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For a band initially hyped up under the dance-punk moniker (a tag they always seemed uncomfortable with), Liars haven’t spent much time actually trying to make people move. Their first six albums covered psychotic breakdowns in LA, disintegrating relationships and backwoods ritual, but there’s been very little to actually make you want to get up and strut. 7th set Mess illustrates this ambiguity perfectly. Being a Liars album, it is magnificent. But it could not give less of a bit about the fact you think that. This is rammed home by the fact that it is, in theory, Liars ‘dance’ record, a thing of pounding beats and pulsing electronic rhythms. With most dance music, though, you feel the makers considered your feelings: they usually want to make you dance, sometimes they want you to chill out, sometimes freak out. Mess doesn’t care about any of that: it’s simply great, primal slabs of electronic sound hewn into towering constructs that exist for no other purpose than to be Liars songs. It’s great, then. Obviously. Another ambitious statement from a band that has made a habit of reinventing themselves at every stage, while still, somehow, sounding uniquely like Liars.

Liars - Mess

RELEASE DATE: March 25, 2014
TIME: 55:12 min.
PURCHASE: price – 14.33$

01. Mask Maker [04:07]
02. Vox Turned D.E.D. [04:31]
03. I’m No Gold [06:10]
04. Pro Anti Anti [04:20]
05. Can’t Hear Well [03:26]
06. Mess On A Mission [04:05]
07. Darkslide [03:51]
08. Boyzone [04:41]
09. Dress Walker [04:03]
10. Perpetual Village [08:59]
11. Left Speaker Blown [06:59]

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as heard on radiospin on March 14th, 2014
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German electronic DJ and producer Marco Niemerski (a.k.a. Tensnake) features some impressive collaborators on his highly-anticipated debut album Glow, including three time Grammy-award winner Stuart Price (aka Jacques Lu Cont, Les Rythemes Digitales, Thin White Duke, amongst other aliases) and R&B icon Nile Rodgers. Best known, until now, for his 2010 anthem Coma Cat (sampling Anthony & The Camps‘ 1986 hit What I Like), Tensnake has since spent time on a couple of EPs, a compilation and remixes for the likes of Lana Del Ray and Pet Shop Boys. An album he prepared in 2011 was lost when his hard drive crashed. On Glow, Rodgers’ influence can be heard instantly: addictive bass & straight-up funk rhythms, ready for a killer but yet nostalgic strobo-night. In the end, Glow explores a multitude of genres whilst sounding relevant: it honours the popular sounds of yesteryear whilst staying dancefloor significant.

Tensnake - Glow

ARTIST: Tensnake
LABEL: Astralwerks / Universal
RELEASE DATE: March 11, 2014
TIME: 63:44 min.
PURCHASE: price – 10.99$

01. First Song [02:32]
02. Love Sublime [03:59]
03. Pressure [03:51]
04. Feel of Love [03:51]
05. No Colour [03:23]
06. Ten Minutes [01:01]
07. Kill the Time [03:54]
08. Selfish [03:16]
09. Good Enough to Keep [03:27]
10. Holla [03:10]
11. Listen Everybody [07:36]
12. See Right Through [04:28]
13. No Relief [06:40]
14. Things Left to Say [04:14]
15. 58 BPM [04:14]
16. Last Song [04:25]

17. Love Sublime (duke dumont remix) [07:04]

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Too Much Information

as heard on radiospin on February 27th, 2014
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Maxïmo Park were a prime example of a band in the right place at the right time: since then, the parade of successful British guitar acts has continued to dwindle and the days of gold discs and massive media exposure for bands like Maxïmo Park are long gone. Too Much Information is the band’s fifth album and a valiant stab at recapturing the glory days: this is a record studded with some of the very best songs the band have ever recorded but it is ultimately let down by a number of very average tracks and an unevenness in terms of their approach. There seems to be two sides to Maxïmo Park on this album: the more guitar oriented side, harking back to their post-punk roots, and the newer, fresher electro-pop side that present the band in a completely different and curiously better light. It would be very easy to summarily dismiss Too Much Information as an album from a band that is past their best. But there is enough evidence here to support the notion that Maxïmo Park are worthy of renewed attention: a little more consistency and this could have been something special.

Maximo Park - Too Much Information

ARTIST: Maxïmo Park
TITLE: Too Much Information
RELEASE DATE: February 11, 2014
TIME: 35:44 min.
PURCHASE: price – 36.19$

01. Give, Get, Take [03:20]
02. Brain Cells [03:10]
03. Leave This Island [04:01]
04. Lydia, the Ink Will Never Dry [03:03]
05. My Blood Mind [03:43]
06. Is It True [03:47]
07. Drinking Martinis [03:31]
08. I Recognise the Light [02:17]
09. Midnight On the Hill [04:06]
10. Her Name Was Audre [02:01]
11. Where We’re Going [02:45]

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as heard on radiospin on February 26th, 2014
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Canadian based electronic/synthpop outfit Trust releases their 2nd album Joyland, and from the sounds of it clubs all over the world are about to hear some distinctive beats and bangin’ tunes. Trust, a.k.a. Robert Alfons and Maya Postepski, have teamed up to deliver a set of dark synth and grungy sounds mixed with house/trance fusion in a well produced album. Though vocally reminiscent of electronic pioneers Kraftwerk and Wayne G in places, Joyland holds its own and manages to elicit a mixture of ambient, trance sounds with clear roots blooming from the debut album TRST. All in all, Joyland is a great album for trance and electronica lovers that will undoubtedly ‘cop a thrashing’ on decks worldwide.

Trust - Joyland

TITLE: Joyland
LABEL: Arts & Crafts
RELEASE DATE: March 4, 2014
TIME: 50:05 min.
PURCHASE: price – 9.99$

01. Slightly Floating [03:35]
02. Geryon [04:24]
03. Capitol [04:54]
04. Joyland [03:19]
05. Are We Arc? [04:30]
06. Icabod [04:29]
07. Four Gut [05:12]
08. Rescue, Mister [04:32]
09. Lost Sould / Eelings [04:34]
10. Peer Pressure [05:21]
11. Barely [03:37]

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Have Fun with God

as heard on radiospin on January 28th, 2014
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Whether recording under his own name or as Smog, Bill Callahan has always been enigmatic, a cowboy philosopher with a booming tenor that could make almost anything sound important. His new project finds him as dreamy as he’s ever been, but in the sense that dreams can be muddled, illogical, and kind of boring to hear about. Have Fun with God, a collection of dub remixes of songs from last year’s Dream River, creates whole worlds out of a woodblock, some flutes, and a lone murmuring guitar, making Callahan’s talks of romantic epiphany sound like they’re coming from a confessional booth in the ionosphere.
Folk-dub for polished countrymen.

Bill Callahan - Have Fun with God

ARTIST: Bill Callahan
TITLE: Have Fun with God
LABEL: Drag City
RELEASE DATE: February 3, 2014
TIME: 40:34 min.
PURCHASE: price – 16.63$

01. Thank Dub [04:29]
02. Expanding Dub [03:39]
03. Small Dub [04:03]
04. Call It Dub [05:17]
05. Ride My Dub [05:09]
06. Summer Dub [06:28]
07. Transforming Dub [05:51]
08. Highs in the Mid-40’s Dub [05:38]

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as heard on radiospin on January 25th, 2014
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Following the recent release of the single Tick Tock (featuring two interesting remixs/reworks by Jani R), UK artist Seagrave is ready with his first full-length self-titled album, featuring 9 well-crafted IDM songs. Truly mesmerizing arpeggio leads, and additional percussion sounds and intermittent melodies becoming textures, introduce extremely soothing atmospheres, including lush pad layers, sound effects, and some calm piano melodies in the background. The enjoyable voice of Seagrave blissfully adds a unique touch to this songs. Haunting beats and crispy harmonic lines combine with gorgeous basslines into dark and energetic soundscapes. A hypnotizing aura sourrounds this stunning debut that, perfectly encapsulating his talents in the chillout and downtempo genres, launches Seagrave to the top of UK electronic scene. Pure talent.

Seagrave - Seagrave

ARTIST: Seagrave
TITLE: Seagrave
LABEL: Silk Sofa
RELEASE DATE: January 17, 2014
TIME: 59:50 min.
PURCHASE: price – 9.99$

01. Dawn [09:09]
02. Storm [06:28]
03. H2O [05:46]
04. Void [06:09]
05. Mountains [06:53]
06. Solar Flare [06:05]
07. Winter Dust [05:22]
08. Ember [08:24]
09. Tick Tock [05:34]

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