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Austra – "Anywayz" (Singles Going Steady)

Austra's "Anywayz" is a musical exploration of the fear associated with leaving someone and the even more frightening realization that life continues. It's also stunningly gorgeous.


Philadelphia's Grandchildren Get Autobiographical on New, Self-Titled Album (album stream) (premiere)

Forged from elements of pop, electronica, and folk, Grandchildren create a mysterious brand of music that's thoughtful and uplifting without sacrificing substance or gravitas.

Jedd Beaudoin

Talu Turn Toxicity Into Triumph on "Butterflew" (premiere)

Talu's "Butterflew" counters the more blissful vibe of its predecessor—"Change in the Winds"—with a fittingly franker and heavier spirit that deals with "the end of a long-term toxic relationship".


Novalima's 'Ch'usay' Is a Marvelous Layering of Many Eras of Peruvian Sounds

Novalima shapes old Andean traditions into a dance-ready present on fully-formed Ch'usay.


Manes' 'Slow Motion Death Sequence' Is a Diorama of the Band's Existence

Norwegian art rock band Manes contemplate death and human existence on their electronica and trip-hop infused full-length Slow Motion Death Sequence.


Monarchy's "mid:night" Shows How the Electropop Group Takes Video Art as Seriously as Their Music (premiere)

London duo Monarchy's latest tune "mid:night" is a catchy summer jam and also the lead single from their upcoming album.


Thievery Corporation Fires Up San Francisco for the Musical Resistance

Blending a dazzling array of musical influences and directions for more than two decades now, Thievery Corporation have come to represent one of the 21st century's boldest bands in both genre-blending style and lyrical impact.


Josh Hodges of STRFKR on Impermanence, Dancing, and Letting Go

Josh Hodges is launching yet another vault release of rarities, but his feeling towards the process and the peace that he's found prove distinct in its own right.


Woman: Happy Freedom

Happy Freedom may be the only album to make you think of Marvin Gaye and Kraftwerk at the same time.


Throwing Snow: Embers

Rather than building on one another, the tracks making up Embers largely drag the listener through their gloomy uniformity.


Bonobo: Migration

Migration does not so much change course from Bonobo's prior work as refine it to its artistic pinnacle.


Telefon Tel Aviv: Fahrenheit Fair Enough

With a bonus disc of unreleased electronic experimentations, the reissue of Fahrenheit Fair Enough is a document of forward-thinking genre wars that will fascinate one's faculties and promote a still, meditative awareness.


STRFKR: Being No One, Going Nowhere

Being No One, Going Nowhere attempts to explore intellectual themes while still retaining the band’s vivacious dance pop.


Empire of the Sun: Two Vines (Deluxe)

The extravagant duo are back again, announcing themselves in exactly the manner you'd expect.


Lost (and Found) in Space: United Sounds of Joy Transmit From Another Universe

If beauty and horror were two parallaxes in the vast expanse of the galaxy, somewhere between those points you might hear these songs.


Siamese - "White Jacket" (video) (premiere) (interview)

Detroit darkwave, post-punk quartet Siamese release atmospheric video ahead of debut EP.


Beth Orton: Kidsticks

British songwriter Beth Orton stretches to the heavens on her latest album.


Raime: Tooth

Electronic duo Raime follow-up their excellently bleak debut with a sophomore record that promises to resist and counter-attack the derelict world that surrounds them.


Arlow Xan - "Sun Goes Rising" (video) (premiere) + Interview

Folktronica band from Flint, Michigan, unveil new video showcasing their blending of anachronistic styles.


Sound of Ceres: Nostalgia for Infinity

Dreamy, science-fictionesque and thought-provoking, the debut of the former Candy Claws engine room is one to get your hands on.


Hurts: Surrender (take 1)

Hurts might have lost their little dark heart, but Surrender is still a rapturous collection of gospel-tinged pop pleasures.


Peaches: Rub

The minimalist rawness of Rub is a stylistic return to form, one that evokes the gritty essence of Peaches's delectably smutty debut.


Them Changes: A Conversation with Thundercat

He's the go-to bass mastermind who's anchored already-iconic albums by Kendrick Lamar and Kamasi Washington. For his latest mini-album, Thundercat gets both sad and weird, taking us on a true emotional journey.


Years & Years: Communion

There may be the odd misstep, but Communion is a solid debut, and one of the better pop albums in recent memory.


Valley Hush: Don't Wait

Detroit group crafts evocative collage of electronica, pop, and indie rock on second EP.



The enigmatic DJWWWW delivers a slice of ultra-modern internet pie with the schizophrenic U.S.M!


Róisín Murphy: Hairless Toys

If Hairless Toys is the sound of an artist with absolutely nothing to lose, it's also the sound of an audience with little to gain.


Color Therapy: Mr. Wolf Is Dead

If you're looking for mood-music and a soporific, look no further! Color Therapy's here to put you to sleep and exercise any of those unwanted emotions!


Squarepusher: Damogen Furies (take 2)

The IDM legend changes the plot again with this dizzying, fast-paced record that can be as exhausting as it is exciting.


Man Without Country: Maximum Entropy

If you don't like music, then you'll adore Maximum Entropy.


Fort Romeau: Insides

London's Fort Romeau delivers a treat for progressive house fans and old-school electronica devotees alike.


John Grant: John Grant and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra: Live in Concert

Celebrated singer-songwriter John Grant collaborates with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, in what proves to be one of the most incendiary live albums in recent memory.


Ben Frost: V A R I A N T

A U R O R A has a little step-sister named V A R I A N T. And just like that, Ben Frost's discography is saddled with an attractive piece of filler.


Loveskills: Pure EP

Buy this EP if you’re fondly nostalgic for ‘90s alt-rock done dance-style, and stick around for some highly entertaining and engaging electonic songs that stand up in their own right.


Information Society: _hello world

While this trio may be a product of a certain day and age, it’s nice to hear that they aren't interested in rehashing old glories, necessarily.


Various Artists: XL Records - Pay Close Attention

A concise, pure and punchy pop history lesson.

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