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OFF!: Wasted Years

No longer an event, a new record from this hardcore revival act won’t turn the tide for punk rock. While the rest of the band bashes away, veteran Keith Morris prattles on about what we already know.

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Nothing: Guilty of Everything

While offering shockingly little beyond what was already on offer by the mid-90s, this beautifully cynical debut comes at a cost.

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Ejecta: Dominae

Intending to pique and whet before note one, this partnership between members of Neon Indian and Tigercity infuses some sorely needed sexuality back into oft-sterilized electronic pop.

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Ital Tek: Control

Nobody wants to walk out of a rave and into a damn crystals shop. Yet in more than one instance, this Brighton producer insists on taking us there on this truncated follow-up to last year’s compelling Nebula Dance.

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Driftless

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Covenant: Leaving Babylon

Nurtured in the darkness of the industrial/goth scene, this Swedish act withers in the sunlight of the synthpop revival, opting instead to remain stubbornly safe in the shadows.

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Youth Code: Youth Code

Coming during a rare window of opportunity for industrial music, the rote emulation that barely passes for the Los Angeles duo’s debut reinforces just how mired in the past the genre remains.

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PAS Musique: Abandoned Bird Egg

Recalling an industrial music that once was, this Brooklyn collective’s latest operates as far outside accepted categories of contemporary electronic music as possible.

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Alrealon Musique

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Ras G & The Afrikan Space Program: Back on the Planet

Like a pirate radio transmission from some collapsing Afro-Caribbean wormhole, the L.A. producer's Brainfeeder follow-up is more space static than cosmic songcraft.

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Airhead: For Years

As the name implies, there's not much happening up there.

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Integrity: Suicide Black Snake

More of the same, perhaps, though metalcore veteran Dwid Hellion has little reason to reinvent the wheel on his first full length in three years.

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μ-Ziq: Chewed Corners

Arguably superior to the latest from Boards of Canada or Daft Punk, this rave-gazing new release from IDM pioneer Mike Paradinas is both uncompromising and palatable.

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Hausu: Total

Whether this Portland band represents a nascent new rock sound or merely a post-hardcore mutation, their Hardly Art debut amounts to a sort of sonic schizophrenia.

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A389

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Holy Terror

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Hot Lunch: Hot Lunch

Another gang of regurgitative rock revivalists, this San Francisco troupe tries to be more than simply palatable but ultimately makes the case to bring one’s lunch from home.

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Skiggy Rapz: Satellites

With the subtlety of an air raid siren blaring positive vibes, this Dutch rapper’s ambitious new record should be classified as a WMD.

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Phaseone: If I Tell U

Though sometimes approaching day spa schmaltz, this Brooklyn producer’s ambient pop recalls a Rephlex heyday while concurrently dabbling in the more contemporary sounds of ethereal R&B and trap.

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Lapalux: Nostalchic

A narcotic fever dream of sexual longing, Nostalchic is Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas with Prince at the wheel.

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Matt Shadetek: The Empire Never Ended

No longer rebelling against the system, this globally-minded bass producer returns to his New York City roots with a formidable yet accessible solo effort.

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Grave Babies: Crusher

After more than a decade of trying, goth rock creeps back into the conversation in the unlikely form of a Seattle trio that audaciously disavows all that came before. Push past the aesthetic for some great rewards.

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Mister Lies: Mowgli

A panacea to our Age of Skrillex, the young producer’s unexpectedly mature full-length debut skirts categorization and demands repeat active listens.

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