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Under The Radar review
11.04.14

Two albums deep with pop outfit Chairlift, Caroline Polachek has become one of pop's go-to girls for upping a song's seductive power. (See her work with Washed Out, Delorean, and...

Clash review
10.04.14

Garage rhythms and whispers of jungle meet organs from imagined cathedrals…

The Line of Best Fit review
08.04.14

With David Lynch on board, Chrysta Bell’s debut is a hazy journey with a bright destination (but one that may induce an “are we nearly there yet?” or two).

Insound review
08.04.14

Boozoo Bajou get better and better. It’s now more than 12 years since the duo of Peter Heider and Florian Seyberth first put out a record, and 16 since their project began - and...

The Line of Best Fit review
18.02.14

Despite some bright moments, the album drifts by rather aimlessly without hitting its mark or leaving much of a lasting impression.

Under The Radar review
19.02.14

Voices is Phantogram's full-length follow up to 2009's Eyelid Movies (EPs have been released in the interim), and the Saratoga Springs duo stays true to its layered, beat-driven...

Insound review
11.02.14

One of the most beloved and critically-acclaimed bands of the late 90s, Cibo Matto pioneered post-genre freakout long before the digital shuffle. Spiking their artful pop songs...

Under The Radar review
14.02.14

Cibo Matto break their 15-year hiatus following Stereo Type A with this return album on former member Sean Lennon's Chimera label. Miho Hatori and Yuka Honda have kept themselves...

The Quietus review
14.02.14

Miho Hatori and Yuka C. Honda have never been ones to go with the flow. Their 1996 debut album, Viva! La Woman, was a food-obsessed avant-rap record that dared to be ridiculous at...

Insound review
03.12.13

Revolution is Diplo’s follow up to the meme-defining Express Yourself EP. Teaming up with an all new cast of friends including Mike Posner, RiFF Raff, Travis Porter, Action...

Resident Advisor review
15.10.13

Singers teaming up with forward-thinking dance producers to make pure pop has become a trend—think of Jessie Ware and Julio Bashmore, or Katy B and Geeneus. But the idea of that...

Clash review
19.09.13

Offers up the wiles and wisdom of a neighbourhood good guy...

Resident Advisor review
27.09.13

It's fair to say that George Evelyn has earned the right to be feelin' good. After helping define the early days of Warp with his experimental bleep techno, the one constant...

Spotinews recomendation
10.09.13

Hello friends. From a very recent Spotify update comes the delicate new album by Icelandic singer-songwriter Emiliana Torrini. Enjoy! Emilíana Torrini – Tookah Filed under: 2013...

Clash review
13.09.13

Something magical and mystical...

Under The Radar review
06.09.13

Goldfrapp's sixth full-length can be boiled down to a simple equation: guitar, strings, and frontwoman Alison Goldfrapp's ethereal soprano. It can also be reduced to a catchy band...

Spotinews recomendation
11.09.13

Good evening. The slow-paced, beautiful new Goldfrapp album was added to Spotify some days back. Genre: ambient/electronic. Enjoy! (Note: US version here, version for GB and IE...

NME review
09.09.13

Time to plug the machines back in

The Quietus review
09.09.13

Few artists possess the chutzpah and imagination to perennially reinvent themselves as successfully as Goldfrapp have done in a career encompassing baroque torch song balladry...

Spotinews recomendation
28.08.13

Hey there. From a very recent Spotify update comes the sparkling debut album by Party Supplies. Genre: electronic. Enjoy! Party Supplies – Tough Love Filed under: 2013, Electronic

XLR8R review
23.08.13

As one might expect from its name, DBA Dubs is a fairly bare-bones, 10" offshoot of Semtek's Don't Be Afraid imprint. The practice of solely putting out an artist's strongest...

The Pier review
19.08.13

Hawai’i ’13 is exactly what you’d expect from The Green—killer vocals, strong songwriting and quality production. Hawai’i ’13 begins and ends with a chant. The listener is...

Hippopotamusic recommendation
09.08.13

Dark and moody trip-hop from Canada’s Christian Denis. Released on Soho Music

NME review
30.07.13

Elegant and unusual, this is a gem

The Line of Best Fit review
05.08.13

The Icelandic trio make a convincing case for the wonders of the clarinet.

Clash review
31.07.13

Widescreen sounds from Icelandic teenagers...

The Line of Best Fit review
26.07.13

Whilst falling a little way short of perfection, AlunaGeorge's debut should ensure the pairing will have no issues sprinting to the upper echelons of pop aristocracy.

Insound review
27.08.13

In the 12 months since their first release went viral, AlunaGeorge’s DIY video for “You Know You Like It” the band were crowned the most blogged artist of 2012, they sold out a...

The Quietus review
06.08.13

The strong influence of R&B on young contemporary producers has been impossible to miss over the past few years, and following dubstep's dissolution no end of producers have shown...

The Line of Best Fit review
05.08.13

Whilst falling a little way short of perfection, AlunaGeorge's debut should ensure the pairing will have no issues sprinting to the upper echelons of pop aristocracy.

AudioCred review
31.07.13

On “Attracting Flies” Aluna Francis sings “little grey fairy tales and little white lies, everything you exhale is attracting flies.” It’s this kind of roundabout approach to...

Under The Radar review
31.07.13

One recent development few could have predicted is the recent critical fondness for '90s bubblegum pop and R&B. While most of the bloggers currently praising the virtues of TLC...

NME review
29.07.13

Can George Reid and Aluna Francis become a vital cog in British dance music's resurgence? Not so much

XLR8R review
09.07.13

Finding the balance between vocal focus and production force in electronic music has never been an easy task. Even when a talented vocalist and a proven producer come together...

Resident Advisor review
10.06.13

Emika is a sound designer first and foremost. Her early solo work felt like a vehicle for her mastery of sound, particularly low-end. On her second full-length for Ninja Tune, Dva...

The Quietus review
20.06.13

Conjuring a world of late nights, romantic cruelty, and a dash of smoky hedonism, Ema Jolly's 2011 self-titled Ninja Tune debut marked her out as one to keep a close eye on. Even...

Spotinews recomendation
13.06.13

Howdy folks. It’s a new week and there has just been another Spotify update. The sun is shining. And here is the new album by Emika. Genre: electronic. Read this review and enjoy...

NME review
29.05.13

At its best when it goes dark and claustrophobic - business as usual then

Under The Radar review
13.06.13

R.E.M., U2, Weezer... there is a huge list of artists who were consistently outstanding throughout most of the '90s (yes, Pop was great) but whose output declined into what can...

Spotinews recomendation
02.06.13

Hi again. The new album by Tricky, added to Spotify earlier this week, was a positive surprise for me. Genre: electronic. Enjoy! Tricky – False Idols Filed under: 2013, Electronic

The Line of Best Fit review
02.06.13

Has Tricky finally overcome the shadows of his musical past? Erik Thompson reviews.

XLR8R review
18.04.13

From its unguarded emotion to its big, acoustic drums and touches of breakbeat-indebted syncopation, the new Locust (a.k.a. Mark Van Hoen) album sounds very '90s. Luckily, time...

Spotinews recomendation
21.04.13

Good morning. From a recent Spotify update: the dreamy new album by Locust (aka Mark Van Hoen). Genre: electronic. Enjoy! (One review here.) Locust – You’ll Be Safe Forever Filed...

NME review
12.04.13

The new Diana Ross. Kinda....

Hippopotamusic recommendation
11.04.13

Jazz infused downtempo instrumental hiphop. Released on A-HU-LI Records

Insound review
02.04.13

After a year plus of touring the hypnotic, extended live versions of Black Sands , he finally found time last year to embed himself in his New York studio and write his fifth...

Spotinews recomendation
17.04.13

Hello friends. The critically acclaimed new album by Bonobo was added to Spotify a couple of days ago. Genre: electronic. Enjoy! Bonobo – The North Borders Filed under: 2013...

Resident Advisor review
10.04.13

If Bonobo's 2010 album Black Sands were an actor, it would have been Ralph Fiennes—it was suave, refined and pretty posh compared to his cheekier sample-based albums. Si Green's...

XLR8R review
02.04.13

The time between the release of Bonobo's accomplished fourth album, Black Sands, in 2010 and this year's The North Borders has been fruitful for the artist otherwise known as...

Insound review
19.03.13

After just one EP and various touring with acts such as Digitalism, Modeselektor, Dragonette, etc. Data Romance are primed to take off with their new album Other . Part NIN, part...

Hippopotamusic recommendation
13.03.13

Guitar/bass/beat oriented sample driven compositions. Released on Ryan Stephenson music

NME review
11.03.13

Once again they’re worth every holler of excitement

AudioCred review
14.03.13

AlunaGeorge continue to prepare for their upcoming debut LP, Body Music, with a new video for “Attracting Flies.” The cleverly-written tune is fueling the group’s hot streak...

AudioCred review
12.03.13

AlunaGeorge continue to prepare for their upcoming debut LP, Body Music, with a new video for “Attracting Flies.” The cleverly-written tune is fueling the group’s hot streak...

Hippopotamusic recommendation
07.03.13

Another top-notch album from the downtempo maestro. Released on his own label

Hippopotamusic recommendation
04.03.13

Engaging, multifaceted, instrumental hip-hop. Released on Exponential records