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by Will Rivitz

19 Jul 2016

Elizabeth Hunter‘s “Coming for You” is impressive in just how much it does right. There’s the instrumental, a Motown-influenced slammer with butter-smooth horns and luscious organ. There’s the vocal, a killer case of blue-eyed soul drawing heavily from Amy Winehouse’s days with Mark Ronson and suave harmonizing up the wazoo. Most importantly, though, Hunter struts forward with blinding energy, loud and dynamic and alive. It’ll truly be a shame if “Coming for You” doesn’t break through, since I haven’t heard a song that’s quite so sure to get people up and dancing in a while.

by PopMatters Staff

18 Jul 2016

Pryor Stroud: Taken from Mvula’s latest release The Dreaming Room, “Show Me Love” is an incantatory, gospel-tinged art-pop hymnal that drifts from moments of deep personal introspection to fissions of out-of-body spiritual awareness. The climactic eruption of orchestration is startling in its intensity; over it, Mvula repeats the title phrase over and over and over again, trying to stretch it out, to discover its true contents and phonetic subtleties, and to discern if expressing her love in the exact right way—“You show me love / You show me love / You show me love”—can somehow approximate the true feeling it gives her. [8/10]

by Eric Risch

18 Jul 2016

Musical malcontent Adam Payne needs action. As the ringleader of Residual Echoes, Payne has released three fistfuls of albums this century while splitting time playing with other acts including 6 Organs of Admittance, Cass McCombs, Gun Outfit and King Tuff to name just a few.

by Will Rivitz

18 Jul 2016

The video for Cowboy Mouth‘s “Broken Up” is partly set in a brewery, which is an accurate distillation (pardon the pun) of the song’s sound. It’s a chunk of cheeky punk rock along the lines of the Dropkick Murphys, simple and memorable I-V-I chord progression and loud, crashing drums. Drummer and lead singer Fred LeBlanc’s nasally vocals properly fit the snarky vibe of the song’s lyrics, a kind of “screw you” to the girl who’s just broken up with the narrator. It’s altogether a cheery ode to the break-up — and, given the wholesome, raucous punk featured herein, the video and lyrics fit perfectly with the music.

by Will Rivitz

15 Jul 2016

The video for Aphty Khea‘s “Onyx Glitz”, shot by videographer Benjamin Brookes, features body parts snapping together and apart under an eerie ultraviolet light. It’s appropriate imagery for the song itself, a sinewy piece of dubstep which undulates lethargically under piano and massive bass. It’s at times the pristine jazz vibes of Submotion Orchestra, at times the unsettling wormholes of Hyperdub’s formative years, and always everything which made the genre compelling to begin with. Menacingly spacious and elegantly caustic, it shows there’s yet life in the bassy half-time world.

//Mixed media

Culture Belongs to the Alien in 'Spirits of Xanadu'

// Moving Pixels

"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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