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The Line of Best Fit review
21.03.14

On a beautiful, bittersweet solo LP, Watt embraces themes of disillusion and personal loss to echo a countrywide solemnity.

Spotinews recomendation
17.04.14

Good morning. From a very recent Spotify update comes the new album by Ben Watt. Genre: pop/rock. Enjoy! (Note: US release date is April 29.) Ben Watt – HendraFiled under: 2014...

The Line of Best Fit review
14.03.14

Marcus Lambkin’s latest succeeds most greatly when he moves away from his beloved, straight up house – though there’s still plenty of that to enjoy.

NME review
17.03.14

DFA act mixes acid prog, disco and house in irresistible style

Clash review
10.03.14

He's mastered the making of solid, interesting pop...

The Quietus review
27.03.14

Glow is the debut album from Tensnake, the Hamburg producer best-known for his 2010 hit 'Coma Cat'. Marco Niemerski has been keen to separate himself from the nu-disco tag with...

The Line of Best Fit review
14.03.14

Ten years in the making, Marco Niemerski’s debut as Tensnake was unquestionably worth the wait.

NME review
10.03.14

Not even two guest appearances by Nile Rodgers can save the German DJ from by-the-numbers cheesiness

XLR8R review
10.03.14

With the recent commercial success of acts like Disclosure and Duke Dumont, the lines between "underground" and "mainstream" dance music have continued to blur at an accelerated...

Insound review
04.03.14

File under: junglish-footwork flux by one of UK bass music's figureheads. Excellent sophomore album including collaborations with DJ Die, Sam Binga, MC DRS and Josefina. "Bass...

NME review
10.03.14

'Footcrab' producer joins the jungle renaissance with mixed results

Insound review
25.02.14

There’s a common thread that runs through all of Brandt Brauer Frick’s music. It is this: interesting things happen at the interface of machine and hand-made music. The Berlin...

The Quietus review
04.02.14

A cursory glance at the cover of Moodymann, the self-titled full-length from the mercurial Detroit producer, connects Kenny Dixon Jr. to the posters and protagonists of the short...

Resident Advisor review
21.01.14

House music may be 30 years old, but the question of how best to approach the house music album is still unresolved. You might even argue that, as a genre, it is unsuited to the...

The Quietus review
13.01.14

The enforced minimalism of lo-fi dictates that really it should be a creative pit of finite depth; yet there remains something irresistibly alluring in the sound of artists - be...

XLR8R review
27.11.13

As part owners of Innervisions, Âme's musical taste is irrevocably ingrained in the DNA of the Berlin-based imprint. Alongside co-owner Dixon, Âme's Kristian Beyer and Frank...

Resident Advisor review
15.11.13

It's safe to say we don't think of Ron Morelli as a producer first and foremost. He's the brains behind L.I.E.S., the New York label that's helped steer the course of underground...

XLR8R review
13.11.13

As one of the first artists to release music on Not Not Fun's sister label 100% Silk, the reputation of recent Los Angeles transplant Magic Touch (a.k.a. Damon Palermo) might be...

Spotinews recomendation
12.11.13

Evening. From a very recent update: the new album by Recondite. Genre: electronic. Enjoy! (US version here.) Recondite – HinterlandFiled under: 2013, Electronic

Resident Advisor review
19.11.13

Judging from his music, Recondite is a melancholy guy. Starting out with delicate deep house on his Plangent label, moving onto the saddest 303 you've ever heard with On Acid and...

XLR8R review
13.11.13

Though relatively new as a producer, Recondite (a.k.a. Lorenz Brunner) quickly began turning the heads of minimalist dance-music fans once his first singles began to appear in...

Resident Advisor review
12.11.13

House music can express the whole spectrum of human emotion. It can also—despite the clichés of so much uplifting house—convey joy at being alive while remaining enigmatic...

Spotinews recomendation
17.11.13

Morning. It’s a beautiful day here in Sweden and I will soon go for a run in the sun. But first, here is the recently added new album by Axel Boman. Genre: electronic. Enjoy! Axel...

XLR8R review
12.11.13

Sweden's Axel Boman first gained serious attention with his 2010 track "Purple Drank," which was released on DJ Koze's Pampa label. He's since gone on to establish himself as a...

XLR8R review
11.11.13

The appearance of a mix CD can sometimes feel like a victory lap; after all, they often happen once a particular artist has proven their worth to the current musical community and...

Resident Advisor review
15.11.13

Everyone who's done a DJ-Kicks mix has had their own approach to the series, whether it's the brain-fried krautrock of James Holden or the slippery, on-the-nod jams of Wolf & Lamb...

XLR8R review
06.11.13

The name of Madrid-based producer Pional (a.k.a. Miguel Barros) is probably recognizable to even some casual listeners of house music, as his association with the critically...

Insound review
05.11.13

Astaire is quoted as saying that the hardest thing about dancing is to make it look easy- a description that perfectly sums up Eve , the fifth studio album by Berlin duo Booka...

Resident Advisor review
11.12.13

Booka Shade's fifth album is billed as a dramatic rebirth. Having come close to splitting up, the Berlin duo set up shop at the Eve residential studio in Manchester (hence the...

Clash review
20.11.13

Glimpses of past glories beside less-than-original moments...

NME review
13.11.13

'Eve' means this stratospherically successful production duo are free to get on with making immaculate, tactile house music.

XLR8R review
31.10.13

Tom Trago is the kind of producer who's unafraid to mix things up stylistically. Over the past few years, his discography has included a surprising degree of variation, especially...

Spotinews recomendation
07.11.13

Hello. The Spotinews blog is slowing down again. For the next 5-6 weeks it will stay this way as I start to write about all the albums I forgot about this year. There won’t be a...

Resident Advisor review
01.11.13

Even by the standards of a nation that's always punched well above its weight with dance music, the Dutch house scene is currently enjoying a patch so purple it's almost...

XLR8R review
24.10.13

Yes, I'm Elastic, the latest EP by New York City's Daniel Fisher (a.k.a. Physical Therapy), follows on the producer's deranged sense of fun. Stylistically, Fisher is not...

XLR8R review
27.09.13

London producer Slackk's new six-track EP for Local Action, Failed Gods, arrives on the back of steadily building hype around the creative resurgence of grime. Though he's...

XLR8R review
25.09.13

Black Orange Juice, a London-based group headed by Hyperdub satellite Ossie and featuring vocalists Paul Black and Tilz, has a noble musical vision, one that blends the halcyon...

XLR8R review
19.09.13

JR Seaton makes weird house music as Call Super. Just don't call it "outsider house." A cursory listen ticks the familiar boxes: rough-and-ready energy, haphazard fidelity, sounds...

XLR8R review
17.09.13

UK producer Fort Romeau (a.k.a. Mike Greene) likes to play his cards close when it comes to revealing the hidden surprises in the majority of his tunes. The opening and title...

NME review
02.09.13

Dan Smith sings some sentimental rot about reading his girlfriend’s diary and the ensuing “fiyah” in that breathy moo of his

Resident Advisor review
02.09.13

Last year, Jamie Jones, Lee Foss, Luca C and Ali Love reached the UK top 40 with with "Benediction." Balancing their well-travelled club impulses with a pure pop sensibility that...

XLR8R review
22.08.13

Skeptical listeners should be forgiven for pigeonholing South London Ordnance as a UK bass guy. Granted, he is a UK bass guy, but He Do the Police in Different Voices, his latest...

Resident Advisor review
22.08.13

Colin McBean has had pretty much the same sound for nearly 15 years, which is much more of an achievement than it might sound like. His hard and dusty style of house has fallen in...

Insound review
20.08.13

Carousel has been a mainstay of the Pittsburgh rock scene since their very first show in 2011, sharing the stage with a wide array of rock, metal and punk bands, all the while...

XLR8R review
14.08.13

Both Gingy and Bordello are competent producers in their own right, but the Canadian producers have undoubtedly crafted their most eye-popping work as a unit. The duo first gained...

XLR8R review
14.08.13

In June, Don't Be Afraid label boss Benjamin Semtek announced the launch of DBA Special Editions, a more straightforward, club-oriented counterpart to his leftfield house outpost...

XLR8R review
30.07.13

It might not be worth calling it a comeback yet, but following his hot "303" b/w "909" 12" for 7777, Hold Up definitely helps Todd Osborn (performing here as Osborne) seem like a...