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Spotinews recomendation
11.03.17

Hello again. Indie pop, anyone? If yes, check out the slick new album by Tennis and enjoy! (US version here) (And there is a new playlist: Spotinews 077, where I post samples from...

Under The Radar review
25.03.17

The formula that seems to work for the husband and wife duo Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore is to set out to sea and become inspired to make a record. Their first, Cape Dory, was...

Spotinews recomendation
10.02.17

Hey. The first update of the new release week gives us more sensual electronic/pop from Teen Daze. Enjoy! (US version here and one for UK listeners here) Teen Daze – Themes for...

Under The Radar review
10.02.17

Jamison Isaak (Teen Daze) is anxious in his latest release, Themes For Dying Earth. He's worried about his own life as much as he's distressed by the deterioration of our planet...

Clash review
03.02.17

Peter Sagar returns with his most confidently obtuse and complete record yet...

Under The Radar review
14.02.17

We've heard that Peter Sagar is Mac DeMarco's touring guitarist. We know he must be good then. But his lo-fi, boyish, oddly smooth R&B treatments under his rather unpresuming...

Spotinews recomendation
09.02.17

Hey again. The final update of this release week is the moving new album by Homeshake. Genre: soul. Enjoy! Homeshake – Fresh AirFiled under: 2017, Soul

Clash review
24.11.16

Fresh spins on some of Bundick's least resonant work...

Under The Radar review
09.11.16

"Good luck and do your best!"—the parting wishes of a Hiroshima taxi driver to producer Gold Panda (aka Derwin Schlecker) on a recent trip to Japan. Little did that driver know...

Clash review
09.11.16

A complex, confused, and completely gripping work...

The Quietus review
09.11.16

One could argue that Francois Boulanger's Ssaliva is a project for which the only constant is change, but his stock in trade has generally hemmed close to his woozy, watery brand...

Under The Radar review
20.11.15

Small Black's third album, Best Blues, opens with swells and crashes. This is the Brooklyn-based group's initial template for the first third of Best Blues, whose songs start on...

Under The Radar review
16.11.15

Hugo Manuel-the Oxford, England-headquartered artist behind Chad Valley—has the voice of an angel but the unfathomable inclination to hide it under digital manipulation. More

Under The Radar review
16.10.15

Funk's always been at the heart of Alan Palomo's work. The Neon Indian vanguard may have spent the past six years convincing us he's some sort of psych pop freethinker, but the...

Under The Radar review
04.09.15

On Painted Palms' second album, Horizons, the duo updates its sound by 20 years; moving from the '60s pop-psychedelia of its debut full-length, Forever, to the fritter-y synth-pop...

Under The Radar review
07.08.15

When the musician simply known as Jamison turned to his Teen Daze name in the past, he was looking to release electronic tracks, namely those which sweep through downtempo rhythms...

Under The Radar review
28.05.15

I only have memories of listening to Tanlines in summer months, which led me to mistakenly believe they timed each of their first three releases (two EPs and one LP) to coincide...

Under The Radar review
07.04.15

Chaz Bundick, the recording artist whose music most often bears the name Toro y Moi, is a busy chameleon of a producer. More

Under The Radar review
11.03.15

Purity Ring's debut was one of 2012's most lauded releases. A sublime future-pop gem, Shrines combined astral beats, ethereal electro, and deceptively dark lyrics; surviving the...

Clash review
13.03.15

Confounding electronica breaks down barriers...

Spotinews recomendation
09.11.14

Hey there. The debut album by Les Sins was recently added to Spotify. Genre: electronic. Enjoy! (US version here.) (Stay tuned for a few more updates today!) Les Sins...

Spotinews recomendation
07.11.14

Hi. Are you into experimental pop with some touches of ambient? If so, please check out the debut album by Megafortress and enjoy! (One review here.) Megafortress – BelieverFiled...

Spotinews recomendation
25.09.14

Hi again. I’m off to visit family for a week, which means there may be fewer updates during that time period. My next update will be on Saturday. Anyhow, here is the cool new...

Under The Radar review
09.09.14

Tennis have made a solid career from their shimmering dream-pop shtick. Since releasing nautically-themed debut Cape Dory in 2011, the husband/wife pairing Alaina Moore and...

Insound review
09.09.14

Tennis is comprised of married couple Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore. The two met in college in Devner, and embarked upon a ten-month sailing voyage that inspired what would...

Insound review
09.09.14

Over the past 18 months, Seattle producer duo Odesza (Harrison Mills, Clayton Knight) has rapidly ascended to the top of their class. Accruing listens online, selling out shows...

NME review
28.07.14

Straight to the point synth-rock thrills

Under The Radar review
14.08.14

Synth-rock acts, once heralded as the leading edge of indie, now face a challenge from critics and followers of underground music. As the genre has gone mainstream, its most...

Insound review
29.07.14

True Loves won Hooray For Earth a well-deserved round of huzzahs from all of the key tastemakers. Following up a critically acclaimed debut album, Noel Heroux plotted the band’s...

Insound review
03.06.14

Tangerine Sky 's first offering, the deconstructed melancholic soul of "There Is Nowhere" is beautiful and majestic with slowed down heavy drums dancing with synths and Blackbird...

NME review
19.05.14

Texan trio go gooey-eyed on their third effort

XLR8R review
18.02.14

Com Truise's chrome-plated synth jams have always come across as a kind of musical mood ring. In loose, romantic, wistful moments, the best of Seth Haley's high-sheen outings...

NME review
07.02.14

Marvellous alt.pop snuggliness all round from this Denver husband-and-wife duo

Spotinews recomendation
16.01.14

Morning. From earlier this week comes this debut album by Painted Palms. Genre: electronic/pop. Enjoy! (Note: Many of my top albums of this week are still missing in some...

Under The Radar review
05.02.14

Painted Palms got the psychedelic experimentation out of its system—for the most part—on its Canopy EP. On the eagerly awaited debut full-length, Forever, the duo taps heavily...

The Line of Best Fit review
16.01.14

Though its production is often too complex for its own good, Painted Palms' debut album is an infectiously catchy assemblage of '60s inspired, psychedelia-infused pop.

Under The Radar review
18.11.13

Cupid Deluxe finds singer/songwriter/producer Dev Hynes back under the name Blood Orange, following his 2011 debut with this moniker, Coastal Grooves, and two albums as Lightspeed...

AudioCred review
05.12.13

Remember Test Icicles? Back in 2005, the English dance-punk outfit– formed by a trio of teenage boys, as clearly evidenced by their name– released what would ultimately be their...

The Quietus review
22.11.13

For the strutting, voguing children of the Harlem Drag Ball scene, featured in Jennie Livingston's documentary Paris Is Burning, the fantasy was not just about spotlights and...

Spotinews recomendation
20.11.13

Hey. The cool new album by Blood Orange is a recent addition to Spotify. Genre: various degrees of pop/soul. Enjoy! (Read some positive reviews here.) Blood Orange – Cupid...

Insound review
19.11.13

Blood Orange aka Devonte Hynes returns with his brand new album Cupid Deluxe , his follow up to the acclaimed Coastal Grooves.

NME review
18.11.13

The collaborations on Dev Hynes’ second solo album are a success, but left to his own devices, things get icky

NME review
18.11.13

This EP is essentially a victory lap for Gold Panda - ‘Reprise’ is given a hip-hop shuffle by T Hemingway.

Insound review
22.10.13

New EP from Pat Grossi, featuring six brand new tracks. Guest spots on the EP from Ellie Goulding and Mikky Ekko.

Spotinews recomendation
25.10.13

Howdy folks. I’m finally back home again, which means there will be some more blog updates from now on. Here is the new EP by Active Child. Genre: electronic. Enjoy! (UK version...