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The Degeneration of the Voice in Radiohead's 'Kid A'

For being one of the defining albums of its time, Radiohead's Kid A certainly doesn't have much to "say". The band's thoughts on losing one's voice in an increasingly individualistic society suddenly takes on a much greater potency.

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The 20 Best Electronic Albums of 2015

Electronic music is one of the broadest reaching genres by design, and 2015 showcased that spectacularly well with a bevy of albums still heavily represented on playlists today.

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The 10 Best Electronic Albums of 2010

Let's take a journey to Pop Past and re-experience the best electronic albums from a decade ago. Many electronic sounds in 2010 remained in the margins, using the lexicon of its predecessors to define what they were.

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The 10 Best Electronic Albums of 2009

Revisiting our best electronic albums from 2009, we find these records have stood the test of time.

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Kingdom: Tears in the Club

A future pop canvas of exquisite beauty, experimental club producer Kingdom shares an intimate, half-drunk night in and out of safe and not-so-safe spaces.

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Annie Anxiety: Soul Possession

A reissue of the 1984 debut long player from a forgotten punk poet operating at the intersection of Crass, On-U Sound, and Throbbing Gristle.

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WWWings: Phoenix

WWWings drop brutal nightmarish post-internet music on the masses from the Russian motherland

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Rustie: EVENIFUDONTBELIEVE

How many pixie sticks can you eat before you puke? How amped can you get before you’re just depleted? Is hi-end the new bass? How does it feel to live inside a Lisa Frank coloring book?

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Drew McDowall: Collapse

The kind of collapse witnessed here is a slow degeneration and deterioration, one that’s more obsessed with the mutation in the reconfiguration of the seams than the sanguinary remains of those crushed by the bottom falling out.

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Patrick Cowley: Muscle Up

Gay pornography, gone cosmic.

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Rizzla: Iron Cages

A #deepdream of technology, violence, and freedom in globalized clubland.

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Fade to Mind

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B. Dolan - "Safety Theater" (video)

The surface themes of false security and surveillance embed pretty quickly even without the adorable visuals that guide the song.

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Migos - "Pipe It Up" (Singles Going Steady)

Migos's latest single "Pipe It Up" is an epic fail.

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Uncool Britannia: Radiohead's 'The Bends' vs. Britpop in a Battle for the Soul of Britain

The successors to Radiohead and The Bends are a generation who liked how the film started, but lost the script halfway through.

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Boody & Le1F: Liquid

Let those who wish to use LE1f's eccentric riddims and synth-gurgle flow as a novelty cause to do so. If it brings more ears to the table, minds and speakers will be blown in the process.

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Holly Herndon: Movement

This is an album predicated on the foregrounding of the voice as both instrument and element. With her passions split between dance and experimental music, Herndon opts for neither while arguing for both.

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Boys Noize

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Ital: Dream On

Ital's second album of 2012 is an interpolation of other dance music complicated by a caring and careful disregard of tropes.

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Forma: Off/On

Forma make pristine cosmic electronic soundtracks, now with more drums.

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Container: LP

A brutal collection of grainy technoise that is essential listening, even though it replicates the exact blueprint of its predecessor, also called LP.

Timothy Gabriele
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Nick Edwards: Plekzationz

A brittle and abrasive masterwork, sensory and detached at the same time, a raw emotional chortle from deep inside some heavy wiring and programming

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Jürgen Müller: Science of the Sea

Real or not, this "lost" gem is a fantastically rich journey.

Timothy Gabriele
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Andy Stott: Luxury Problems

Luxury Problems shows no want for reclaiming territory on the dancefloor; it’s perfectly happy lurking in the shadows, but there's an elegant dichotomy between degradation and angelic vocals that makes this Stott's most impressive work yet.


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