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21 May 2014 // 2:06 AM

Yann Tiersen: ∞

No one making music today merges the worlds of popular music, experimental music, Western classical music, and European folk music as expertly as Yann Tiersen, and is one of his most fully realized projects.

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Counterbalance: St. Germain’s ‘Tourist’

I want you to get together. Put your hands together. It's a simple song so you can work it out -- a 2000 electronic landmark and the subject of this week's Counterbalance.

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7 May 2014 // 12:30 PM

Thomas Azier: Hylas

Retro-gazing electronic pop of the broad-stroked, emotive variety, the debut LP of Berlin-based, Dutch musician Thomas Azier is one of the most confident debuts by a male electronic artist in ages.

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Shigeru Mizuki’s ‘Showa’ Is a Melting Pot of Manga, Photo Realism, Memoir & Narrative History

A Japanese period of heightened tension, military marches, and personal discovery.

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18 Mar 2014 // 11:50 AM

Steve Aoki, Diplo and Deorro - “Freak” (feat. Steve Bays)

EDM powerhouses Steve Aoki, Diplo and Deorro make a play for 2014 dancefloor dominance with "Freak".

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Anne: Pulling Chain

These songs are dull, forgettable, and mostly interchangeable.

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Mark McGuire: Along the Way

Along the Way is always pretty, but rarely beautiful.

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Levi’s® Plots a Journey to the Modern Frontier with Some of the UK’s Best Artists

SPONSOR: Levi’s® recently kicked off a new project to both explore and discover the source and inspiration of creative ambition across art forms.

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Oneohtrix Point Never: R Plus Seven

In brief, R Plus Seven deemphasizes Replica’s sense of walled-off claustrophobia, letting thick puddles of light filter into Lopatin’s lair of sound.

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Nine Inch Nails: Hesitation Marks

Hesitation Marks is a necessary addition to the Nine Inch Nails oeuvre, even though the initial reaction to it might be one of befuddlement or WTF?-ness.

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Natacha Atlas: Habibi: Classics and Collaborations

The acclaimed queen of Maghreb music releases a double-disc compilation of her most potent and genre-defying material.

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10 Sep 2013 // 3:04 AM

Blondes: Swisher

What makes Swisher interesting is that it's an album rooted in place, terra firma if you will, and the people who populate that place or places.

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6 Sep 2013 // 3:03 AM

Postiljonen: Skyer

Scandinavian dream-pop trio delivers one of the year's great records.

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‘Savage Continent’ Explodes the Myths Behind the ‘Greatest Generation’

Keith Lowe has synthesized the latest scholarship to explore the unprecedented physical and moral destruction of Europe after World War II.

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29 Aug 2013 // 11:04 PM

Arctic: Three Stripes EP

Fresh from coming correct with his amazing 12" Shook/Know This Don for Tomas Fraser's visionary, London based grime label Coyote Records, James 'Arctic' Black steps up to the plate for Liminal Sounds' second release, the exploratory Three Stripes EP.

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Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs: Get Lost VI

Overall it’s a mildly paced mix but one of the more consistent and enjoyable to come out this year.

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22 Aug 2013 // 11:04 PM

Moderat: II

Germany’s reigning electronic kings Modeselektor and Apparat unite yet again for II, a collection of danceable yet curiously melancholy tracks. Amidst the moody fray, however, are some would-be pop hits that show just how far these guys have come along.

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22 Aug 2013 // 8:30 AM

Lace Curtain: Falling/Running

Australian trio Lace Curtain's debut 12" for Mexican Summer, Falling/Running, incorporates a wide range of influences from electronic music, spanning '80s synth pop and contemporary groups such as Light Asylum.

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19 Aug 2013 // 11:03 PM

E.M.M.A - Blue Gardens

Blue Gardens sees London-via-Liverpool producer E.M.M.A add a feminine, almost "purple" twist to the dark, dread-infused 130bpm bass canon championed so thoroughly by Keysound and co. so far this year.

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Safety Scissors: In a Manner of Sleeping

In a Manner of Sleeping is, in a manner of speaking, the most tiresome and mind-numbing ambient techno album that you’ll hear this year.

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