Articles tagged pop, electronic, indie, starfucker

Kendra Erika - “The Truth Never Lies” (video) (premiere)

Kendra Erika updates the Bond-girl framework to 21st century terms, an embrace of glamour and sexuality as an empowering tool.

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22 Jul 2016 // 9:07 AM

Floating Points: Kuiper

Sam Shepherd's electronic/jazz/jam collective continues to push boundaries with a hypnotic new EP.

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In the Aftermath of “Maybe”, Carly Rae Jepsen Keeps on Rollin’

Carly Rae Jepsen knew she would lose fans after the success of “Call Me Maybe” wore off.

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Portable - “Say It’s Going to Change” (Bodycode Remix ft. Ursula Rucker) (audio) (premiere)

The song's slow transition from unfocused synth jam to functional dancefloor killer is yet another example of the absolute madness Abrahams can wreak on an unsuspecting mass of bodies crowded around his turntable.

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Savoir Adore - “Paradise Gold” (audio) (premiere)

“Paradise Gold” is a good example of why the neon-soaked sound of glitzy, glittery electropop continues to work.

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Rob Simonsen - “Night Drive” (from the NERVE soundtrack) (audio) (premiere)

“Night Drive” is a more positive bit of synthwave, a major-key piece straight out of a whimsical SNES racer.

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The Avalanches: Wildflower (take two)

After 16 years, the hype for another Avalanches album is inescapable, and Wildflower drowns in comparisons. On its own, however, it's a joyous ray of sunshine with an identity all its own.

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20 Jul 2016 // 2:30 AM

Clams Casino: 32 Levels

32 Levels is the album that Clams Casino’s production up to this point has been promising, and he made good on it.

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Elizabeth Hunter - “Coming for You” (video) (premiere)

Elizabeth Hunter struts forward with blinding energy, loud and dynamic and alive.

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19 Jul 2016 // 2:20 AM

Palmistry: PAGAN

On PAGAN, alt-dancehall purveyor Palmistry throws himself headfirst into a world where whispers, sighs, mumblings, and ramblings bespeak great depths of intimacy

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Petula Clark: Natural Love - The Scotti Brothers Recordings

One of the few releases of hers not to feature “Downtown", Natural Love functions as a reminder of Petula Clark’s ill-advised early ‘80s detour into inconsequential country and adult contemporary.

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The Explorers Club: Together

The harmonies are tight, the melodies strong and catchy, and the overall mood is jubilant and uplifting, making Together the perfect antidote for the toxic politics, violence, personal struggles, and controversies that seem to swirl around all our lives like a constant black cloud.

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Beyond the Wizards Sleeve: The Soft Bounce

Beyond the Wizards Sleeve offer a heady mixture of ‘90s EDM and ‘60s psychedelia that transcends both stylistic reference points to become something wholly new and different and, most importantly, wildly enjoyable.

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The Kinks: Everybody’s in Show-Biz

A convoluted masterpiece in large part because Ray Davies passionately hates his life and lies with every breath -- and likewise, fears his death.

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DYAN - “Looking For Knives” (audio) (premiere)

It’s synthpop in its most toned-down sense, the kind of music that reminds you that taking off the accelerator can provide a sumptuous result too.

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High Dive Heart - “Misfit” (video) (premiere)

If “Misfit” is any indication, poptimism is thankfully alive and well.

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So Much Light - “Justin Bieber at the Gates of Hell” (audio) (premiere)

It’s alt-pop in the same world as Flume or How to Dress Well, morose and triumphant and serene all at once.

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NYVES - “Just Give Up” (video) (premiere)

"Just Give Up" takes a couple key elements from NYVES’ past -- eardrum-crushing snares, rippling bass -- and gives them a futuristic sheen, plating smooth chrome over the frenzied metal spirit thrashing within.

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14 Jul 2016 // 2:20 AM

Aphex Twin: Cheetah

Harnessing older sounds into something that sounds modern, the Cheetah EP transforms grotesque synth into something that sounds human.

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13 Jul 2016 // 2:30 AM

The Avalanches: Wildflower

Wildflower is an hour-long musical journey through dimensions of sound and invention that were previously only accessible via the Avalanches' magical debut.

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Culture Belongs to the Alien in 'Spirits of Xanadu'

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"The symbols that the artifact in Spirits of Xanadu uses are esoteric -- at least for the average Western gamer. It is Chinese culture reflected back at us through the lens of alien understanding.

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