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Jockstrap's 'Wicked City' Is an Unfolding of Boundaries

On Wicked City, UK art-pop duo Jockstrap run through a gamut of styles and sounds, sometimes gracefully, sometimes forcefully, but always seductively.

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Amnesia Scanner's 'Tearless' Aesthetically Maps the Failing Anthropocene

Amnesia Scanner's Tearless aesthetically maps the failing Anthropocene through its globally connected features and experimental mesh of deconstructed club, reggaeton, and metalcore.

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10 Essential Releases from 10 Years of Tri Angle Records

Tri Angle comes to an end as a label but begins as an important archive of electronic music. To celebrate these legendary 10 years of Tri Angle, here are 10 of their many essential releases.

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The Weeknd's 'After Hours' Sets Cinematic Vignettes of Hollywood and Las Vegas Nights

The Weeknd's After Hours naturally weaves together cinematic vignettes of debauched Hollywood and Las Vegas nights, following a new filmic tie to Uncut Gems and a prior decade of character building.

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The 25 Best Electronic Albums of 2019

Electronic music is a huge tent with so many diverse approaches, and it's more international than ever with producers around the globe pushing music forward. The year's best albums featured returns from established talents, as well as ground-breaking newcomers, and a host of women changing the old boy's club of electronic music.

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Celebrating 20 Years of Ghostly International, Art, and Community in Chicago

Ghostly International took over three of Chicago's best artistic spaces, the Metro, Smart Bar, and Notre Shop, to celebrate the culture and communities that supported their legendary 20-year creative mission.

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Loraine James' 'For You and I' Glitches and Queers the Spaces of IDM and London

On For You and I, Loraine James rightfully claims the title "Glitch Bitch" to explore what it means to be queer in the spaces of IDM and one of its places of origin, London.

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JPEGMAFIA's 'All My Heroes Are Cornballs' Humanizes His Visceral Online Image

On All My Heroes Are Cornballs, experimental rapper and producer JPEGMAFIA broadens his visceral online image and sounds into a more vulnerable, humanizing, and melodic project.

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Salami Rose Joe Louis' 'Zdenka 2080' Tells a Dystopian But Still Hopeful Allegory of Ecocidal Capitalism

On the 22-track concept album Zdenka 2080, Bay Area musician and planetary scientist Salami Rose Joe Louis shuffles nu jazz, dream pop, and hip-hop vibes into the soundtrack for a dystopian sci-fi allegory of ecocidal capitalism.

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Blanck Mass' 'Animated Violence Mild' Critiques Excess with Excess

Blanck Mass' Animated Violence Mild drops unrelenting electro-industrial melodies, practicing excess to explore personal grief and the global devastation of consumerism.

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Lingua Ignota's 'CALIGULA' Continues Her Powerful Wailings Against Misogyny

Lingua Ignota's second full-length CALIGULA continues her blend of opera, neoclassical darkwave, and death industrial. She transforms shattering lamentations into empowered declarations against misogyny, while also complicating the dominant narratives of women's trauma.

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Carmen Villain's 'Both Lines Will Be Blue' Explores Andean Melodies Through Ambient Dub

Carmen Villain's latest album Both Lines Will Be Blue veers hard from her last two albums, trading her psychedelic roots for spacious ambient dub.

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Félicia Atkinson's 'The Flower and the Vessel' Focuses on Small Gestures​

Experimental composer and French poet Félicia Atkinson creates The Flower and the Vessel "with pregnancy", using small gestures to explore questions of ontology and becoming.

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Konx-om-Pax's 'Ways of Seeing' Returns to the Optimistism of Berlin Techno's Origins

On Ways of Seeing, electronic producer and visual artist Konx-om-Pax moves away from dark ambient and rave to melodic electronica, alluding to the roots of Berlin techno.

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Jambinai's 'ONDA' Reminds That Korean Music Is Diasporic and Ever-Evolving

Jambinai's ONDA finds cross-cultural influences from traditional Korean music, post-rock, and atmospheric metal, but their ethos is certainly more complex than a fusion or hybrid project.

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Holly Herndon's 'PROTO' Thoughtfully Challenges Our Conceptions of AI, Tradition, and Progression

On her third full-length PROTO, electronic experimentalist Holly Herndon wonders how AI can contribute to the longstanding human tradition of shape-note hymnals, exploring the possibilities and ethics of present and especially future AI protocols in art.

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UNKLE's 'The Road: Part II (Lost Highway)' Is an Epic of Collaborators

As a vast collective of collaborators joins for spoken word, orchestral ballads, and nostalgic trip hop cuts, UNKLE's The Road: Part II (Lost Highway) compiles as many ideas as it does features.

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Joni Void's 'Mise En Abyme' Is a Shattering Reflection of the Self

On Joni Void's second full-length Mise En Abyme, plunderphonic electronica is not only a technique for sound construction but also a deconstructive method for shattering and reordering the self.

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Angel-Ho's 'Death Becomes Her' Introduces Her Voice and Amorphous Trans Identity

On her debut full-length Death Becomes Her, Cape Town artist Angel-Ho introduces her voice and amorphous trans identity, dismantling the colonial imaginary and its supposed binaries.

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SPELLLING's 'Mazy Fly' Revels in a Celestial Imagination, a Consciousness in Accordance with Afrofuturism and Wake Work

SPELLLING's second full-length Mazy Fly escapes present genres and ages, from witching primeval ballads, sultry alternative R&B, to intergalactic disco. Simply, it's celestial, Afrofuturist, and wake work.

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Lee Gamble's 'In a Paraventral Scale' Explores the Sensory Overload of Urban and Virtual Spaces

On In a Paraventral Scale, the first chapter of the "triptych sonic documentary" Flush Real Pharynx, experimental electronic composter Lee Gamble explores the semioblitz of urban and virtual spaces.

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Kid Koala's 'Music to Draw To: Io' Enlivens Creativity in This Midwinter Torpor

Kid Koala returns with the second volume to his ambient-vocal collaboration series. Music to Draw To: Io, featuring Trixie Whitley, is an album that does not provide background music but an active participant of the listener's creative process.

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Oneohtrix Point Never's 'Love in the Time of Lexapro' Is a Brief, Pleasant Aside

Oneohtrix Point Never's latest EP Love in the Time of Lexapro supplements his prior 2018 full-length Age Of, with a small collection of exclusives and collaborative reworks.

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Vessel's 'Queen of Golden Dogs' Paints a Gripping, Over-Saturated Opus

After a four-year absence, Vessel's Queen of Golden Dogs leaves behind desolate beats for stunningly over-saturated electronic and chamber compositions.


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