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Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith's New LP Is Lacking in Songcraft but Rich in Texture

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith's The Mosaic of Transformation is a slightly uneven listen. It generally transcends the tropes of its genre, but occasionally substitutes substance for style.

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Gods in Heat: Tobacco on Celebrating Two Decades of Ghostly International

With a headlining show as part of Ghostly International's 20th anniversary, Tobacco reflects on his own start, why he went with Ghostly, and why his old band Black Moth Super Rainbow is closing up shop.

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Electronic Producer Lusine Is Never Content to Just 'Retrace' His Steps

Retrace features inventive, fully-formed pieces that push Lusine's sound forwards; pulling and twisting the core elements into different shapes.

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Com Truise's Usually-Bright Synthwave Goes a Shade Darker on 'Persuasion System'

If Com Truise's Persuasion System has a theme, it's the confounding paradox of a planet that is simultaneously more connected than ever and yet fractured in so many ways.

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Beacon Creates a Leaner Electronic Sound on 'Gravity Pairs'

On Beacon's Gravity Pairs, every gentle breath of synth, gliding piano note, and softly tapped pad is expertly cultivated to enrich the song with Thomas Mullarney's voice drawing out the humanity, compassion and empathy.

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The Depth and Breadth of Matthew Dear's 'Bunny' Makes It His Best Album Ever

Matthew Dear has written an album in Bunny that wholly reflects the person he is now, and it's the best record of his career.

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With Dissolvi Producer Steve Hauschildt Steps Into Minimal Techno

Electronic producer Steve Hauschildt leaves behind his trademark cosmic, electronic sound and builds the impressive Dissolvi through minimal motifs and subtle progressions.

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Helios - "Seeming" (track review)

Helios' "Seeming" is an ensnaring aural experience further enhanced by its visual presentation.

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Mary Lattimore Uses Technology to Re-contextualize the Classical Harp on 'Hundreds of Days'

Proving herself again to be an artist of great skill, Mary Lattimore returns with an ambient masterwork of great emotive power.

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Com Truise: Iteration

On his first full-length album in five years, Seth Haley, a.k.a. Com Truise, unleashes his usual battery of vivid retro-synth anthems.

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Lord RAJA: Amadeus EP

If you're going to so publicly announce that your music is a reaction to something, that music should stand on its own as such a reaction.

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Moiré: No Future

Moiré sees a world spinning out of control on this mesmerizing left-field house album.

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Decibel X: September 2013 - Seattle, WA

On September 25 through 29, the seaport city of Seattle, Washington lit up for the tenth time with one of the largest live event programs in North America.

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Shigeto: Lineage

The instrumental hip-hop beat-maker follows his emotive debut with a mini-LP that's both a step forward and a step back.

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Com Truise - "Fairlight" (video)

Com Truise's latest is an ode to the digital emulation synth that purists would argue "ruined electronic music".

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Gold Panda: Lucky Shiner

Lucky Shiner (the affectionate nickname for Gold Panda’s grandmother) is Gold Panda’s first full-length LP, and succeeds with an arresting and astonishing collection of sounds, imaginary places, heartache, and celebration.

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Soundscape Mix #9: Disco, The Continuing Last Days

PopMatters' latest free mix tape presents some aspects of the lasting effects of disco and associated funk, with ace selections from Squarepusher, of Montreal, Matthew Dear, Goldfrapp to keep that boogie in your shoes.

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Various Artists: Ghostly Swim

This displays one of the finest indie labels in the world at the very top of its game.

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