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by PopMatters Staff

7 Sep 2016


Adriane Pontecorvo: Cosmic electronics shine and uplift on “Ova Nova”, a joyful, dynamic single from Underworld’s first new studio album in six years. Buoyant vocal harmonies lie at the heart of the song, lending a sweetness and a strength to clear, simple beats. A glorious example of how to add layers and layers onto a simple, repetitive foundation without losing any momentum. [9/10]

by PopMatters Staff

6 Sep 2016


Andrew Paschal: Kaiser Chiefs just wanna have fun, but unlike Cyndi Lauper, they aren’t so much restlessly rattling against their own cages and constraints here: instead, if there’s anything the band wants you to know from their latest single and music video, it’s that they really are having quite a good time, with very few clouds on the horizon (this despite the macabre song title). While the impulse to craft a feel-good anthem is an understandable one, it’s a risky endeavor, as the final product has to be pretty damn infectious and genuine in order to be successful. “Hole in My Soul” is a bit too flat and one-dimensional to clear this high bar. [4/10]

by PopMatters Staff

2 Sep 2016


Chris Ingalls: Glasper seems perfectly happy emphasizing the “experiment” part of his band’s name—“Day to Day” shows the unique jazz pianist stretching out stylistically to incorporate ‘70s and ‘80s retro pop and soul that tips its hat to the Auto-Tuned shimmer of Daft Punk. Sometimes the best move when branching out is to keep it simple and uncomplicated. A great funk/dance number that’s a welcome addition to Glasper’s repertoire. [7/10]

by PopMatters Staff

1 Sep 2016


Morgan Y. Evans: This cut from the new Avalanches record is sort of perfect for people who didn’t think Ringo Starr and Harry Nilsson’s The Point was proto-hip hop enough, a colorful brain twist of movement and bubbly sensation that evokes a wide range of emotion. The initial nostalgia inducing cartoon presentation of the video is fun and the animation is weird and great, but once the ‘70s kitsch, cartoon cats and floating bananas wear off you’re feeling good but left with a kind of wistful desire for more genuine connection in the world. [8/10]

by PopMatters Staff

1 Sep 2016


Adriane Pontecorvo: Spirited and soaring, Placebo’s new single is an anthem for living life and doing it without fear. It’s an especially relevant message for a fearful world, an ode to letting go of worry. Orchestral swells juxtaposed with raw, heart-on-sleeve lyrics make for a song both lofty and grounded, big enough that it can’t help but be noticed and still universal in its message of hope. The feeling of freedom extends to the vivid imagery of the video: horses running, waves crashing, pagan warriors unfettered by modern society as they roam the streets of ancient Sardinian ruins. If you’re looking for a moment of spiritual comfort in a chaotic year, Placebo’s your band. [9/10]

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