May 2020

Album releases

Ben Lukas Boysen — Mirage

Mirage is a lovely synthesizer album with lots of emotion and detail. But two of the tracks (Kenotaph and Clarion) throw live drums into the mix for even more texture and dynamics; these songs make the record a memorable one.

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith — The Mosaic of Transformation

A bubbling synth album with beautiful processed vocals laid on top. I like the direction KAS is going with her sound; it is feeling more and more organic, a merging of electricity and humanity.

El Michels Affair — Adult Themes

A jangly, 60's-cool instrumental record that lives somwhere between a movie soundtrack and a beat tape. Reminds me a little bit of The Postmarks if they were more hip-hop.

Singles & EPs

Machinedrum & Holly — Berry Patch: Blended

A spicy EP with 2 remixes each of Berry Patch, Yangmei, and Goji across a variety of styles. I think the Berry Patch remixes are my favorites here, with Halogenix contributing a solid neurofunk version and IMANU doing a more heavy bass/glitch treatment. The Craze & Ride remix of Yangmei starts out jungle but morphs into punishing, crackly halfstep. And the Posij/Former remix of Goji is a pleasant midnight garage track.

New to Me

⣎⡇ꉺლ༽இ•̛)ྀ◞ ༎ຶ ༽ৣৢ؞ৢ؞ؖ ꉺლ — )✧⃛* (2017) Highly recommended!

This Kieran Hebden (Four Tet) pseudonym puts weaker blogs' text encoding to the sword! This EP is a lovely one, made up of three chill, synth-driven tunes; track #1 is a little more ambient, #2 adds some jazzy, shuffling drum samples, and #3 sprinkles a bit of head-nod bass into the recipe.

Cykada — S/T (2019) Highly recommended!

A boisterous dance-jazz assault! And yet another very excellent record coming out of the youthful London scene.

Godblesscomputers — Solchi (2017)

An electronic album with a diverse range of styles. Typically with stuff like this I expect a "jack of all trades, master of none" result, but I was pleasantly surprised here. There's soul, dancehall, Bonobo-style house and Boards of Canada-style blips and bloops and all of it is distinctive and high-quality.

Gigi Masin — Kite (2018)

Not all music needs to be challenging. Kite is a mellow and thoughtful album of compositions rooted in piano, although they at times incorporate electronics and effects. Recommended for a sunny spring day after the rain has stopped and the clouds are parting.

Belle Chen — Departure (2019)

What an interesting album. You could start out describing this as "solo piano" but it ends up much too distinctive for such a simple label. There are lots of tasty processed piano sounds, a hang drum (I think?), and even a full-out tango.

Cookin' on 3 Burners — Lab Experiments, Vol. 2 (2018)

Nothing too complicated here: this is a scorching funk album. Perfect music for a breezy summer day or a sweaty night on the dancefloor.