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by PopMatters Staff

4 Nov 2016


Adriane Pontecorvo: It may be a veritable standard of electronic music, but the beauty of “Teardrop” is organic, evoking a single opening flower, the smell of rain and earth, everything delicate and fueled by the forces of nature. This is a song that embraces, a song that glows, a song with a steady, pulsing heartbeat beneath simple rhythms and Elizabeth Fraser’s eerily lilting vocals. Now, of course, it’s an instantly recognizable classic of downtempo, that’s likely no surprise to anyone who first heard it when it first began to hypnotize in 1998. Few songs have that same pull, and though Massive Attack has continued to release many a gem since then, none have the raw, elemental beauty of this breakthrough masterpiece. “Teardrop” is every bit as haunting and iconic today as it was 18 years ago. [10/10]

by Sarah Zupko

3 Nov 2016


Photo: CHRIS HORNBECKER

Eclectic pop jazz orchestra Pink Martini is releasing their latest album, Je dis oui, on November 18th via Heinz Records and we’ve got a new song to share with you. “Pata Pata” is a classic South African song first performed by the legendary Miriam Makeba. The tune was so important to her, being both a feminist and anti-apartheid song. Of the song, bandleader Thomas Lauderdale says “I’ve loved this song for years. When it debuted, it was widely seen as a feminist statement against apartheid. When we were recording this, our Greek trombonist Antonis Andreou was whistling along, and I said, “That sounds incredible!” So I had him record the whistling and I think that it really makes the song!” It’s a rollicking and infectious number sure to create a party atmosphere. Somehow, Pink Martini always work their special charm to make their music irresistible.

by Jedd Beaudoin

3 Nov 2016


Denmark’s Dynatron releases the EP The Rigel Axiom on November 4 and we are premiering it today. It can be pre-ordered here.

One of the earliest retro synth acts, Dynatron offers listeners a moving and meditative experience across these five pieces, whether the opening “The Tristar” (at times reminiscent of Wendy Carlos’s most foreboding work), the pulsing, heavier-than-you-might-think “Contact” or the closing “The Unknown”, a piece that transcends genre boundaries and will appeal, as does the whole recording, to a variety of audiences.

by PopMatters Staff

2 Nov 2016


Sarah Zupko: Ital Tek’s Hollowed is perhaps the finest electronic album of 2016 in a year when electronic releases have been truly astounding. “Beyond Sight” is also one of the finest tracks on Hollowed, bettered only by the haunting choral work of “Redeemer”, which reminds me occasionally of Mozart’s Requiem. “Beyond Sight” exemplifies the Ital Tek aesthetic which emphasizes movement and direction and shows off the skills of a cerebral and accomplished creator who in another century would be a celebrated classical composer. [9/10]

by PopMatters Staff

2 Nov 2016


Adriane Pontecorvo: Kaytranada’s classic, echoing beats, driving bass, and retro synth sounds provide the perfect backdrop for Syd’s voice, a perfect balance of elegant and airy. The result is the epitome of cool and sexy. “You’re the One” bounces and slinks, goes modern and old-school, and begs to be danced to after a glass of something ice-cold and smooth. Few songs really need an extended mix, but this song should keep going on for as long as possible. [9/10]

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