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Golden Donna - II [SILK-064]

Golden Donna – II [SILK-064]

Golden Donna has offered up a wide range of music in the past few years. Gloaming Thirst is perfect horror film scoring, complete with maniacal synth spin-outs and intense drums, and releases like Pour Resnaís show a more introspective but equally exploratory side, leaving the kits aside in favor of synth-laden soundscapes. And with II, Donna again refocuses...
Recent Releases, March 18th

Recent Releases, March 18th

Pender Street Steppers – Openin Up / M Flight [PPU-056] Originally released on their Life in the Zone cassette on Mood Hut last year, Pender Street Steppers teams up with PPU (seriously, PPU and Mood Hut? Cannot go wrong with that combo of labels) to release these two gems on wax. Both sides contain beautiful...
Recent Releases, March 11th

Recent Releases, March 11th

After a short hiatus (moving always sucks with records), our semi weekly vinyl reviews are back! Without further adieu… Jay Daniel – Karmatic Equations EP [WOJD01] Jay’s Wild Oats debut dropped last week and it’s fantastic from start to finish. The first two sides offer up some great rolling pieces of detroit house. Subdued and...
Machine Girl - WLFGRL [DREDLP01]

Machine Girl – WLFGRL [DREDLP01]

  London’s Dred Collective has been putting out a broad spectrum of high-quality electronic music for about a year, and although they’ve paid close attention to UK beatsmiths, they haven’t been shy of New York-based producers. They’ve shared some of Koetry’s slow, bassy jams. They released Beatslave’s uptempo, masterfully-sampled Delirious Hermit Studies EP. And, of course,...
Thomas White - Killah [HYPR028]

Thomas White – Killah [HYPR028]

Hyperboloid has been holding down what they call “vaporbass” for quite some time. The look and feel of Thomas White‘s Killah EP immediately embodies this. The artwork, made by label boss Pixelord, carries many of the idiosyncrasies you’d find in vaporwave: an overtly photoshopped, bright, virtual-3D rendering of our world, all held within a frame...
Kenny Dixon Jr. (aka Moodymann) : Moodymann

Kenny Dixon Jr. (aka Moodymann) : Moodymann

  Kenny Dixon (aka Moodymann) is back with his 4th full length as Dixon and 11th as Moodymann as a whole. He’s a major part of the detroit techno/deep house scene in case you’re unaware of him and his music. This full length is everything you’d expect for this legend. It’s deep, sexy, soulful, groove...
Tripletrain - Just For Decoration, Pts. 1 & 2

Tripletrain – Just For Decoration, Pts. 1 & 2

One of the biggest footwork releases of last year was DJ Rashad‘s full-length, Double Cup. Given the explosion of footwork through the internet and around the world, it was perfect timing on Rashad’s part to set a precedent for what a good footwork album should be. And with the help of Hyperdub, his voice was heard....
Principal Dean - Get Done EP [LR012]

Principal Dean – Get Done EP [LR012]

In the past week, Principal Dean has released not one, but two EPs, Jack Stars (a free release on Cosmonostro) and this EP, Get Done (Loveless Records). Both EPs are definitely worth checking out. His Get Done EP currently has my attention, with its host of remixers that take on Dean’s two originals for this EP, “Get...
Still Weavens - GREATAMERICAN PIZZAHEIST

Still Weavens – GREATAMERICAN PIZZAHEIST

  Still Weavens has had an incredible run of EP releases in 2012 and 2013, and although GREATAMERICANPIZZAHEIST marks his first release of 2014, it’s likely this won’t be his last for the year. At five tracks, GREATAMERICANPIZZAHEIST‘s beats are relentlessly funky and delicious, and those fifteen minutes fly by so quickly, with almost no...
Clams Casino - Instrumental Mixtape 3

Clams Casino – Instrumental Mixtape 3

  Clams Casino has gotten plenty of attention as of late, especially with the opener of this mixtape, “Crystals”, being a track on Flying Lotus‘ radio station in Grand Theft Auto V. He’s said that Instrumental Mixtape 3 will be his last mixtape. I can only guess that a proper album will come after this, or maybe...
Burial - Rival Dealer [HDB080]

Burial – Rival Dealer [HDB080]

As soon as Burial released his latest EP, Rival Dealer, the internet lit on fire with anticipation. Burial is definitely not short on hype. If people aren’t talking about how impressive his music is, they’re half-jokingly trying to convince others that Kieran Hebden (aka Four Tet) is the man behind Burial’s music and anonymity. On Rival...
Trial + Error #2

Trial + Error #2

#2 I think out of some unconscious resistance to the relentless cheer of our current holiday season, I’ve lately gravitated towards books, movies, and music that are in some way full of dread or melancholy. Maybe it’s because last year around this time we were all enduring (somewhat feverishly I might add) the inexorable approach...