Falty DL – You Stand Uncertain

Falty DL – You Stand Uncertain

Falty DL - You Stand Uncertain

residentadvisor.net:

Lustman’s chords and melodic accents—and these are definitely very melodically focused songs—seem to liquefy and pool around the drums, never quite solidifying or staying in one place. The heatstruck haze is a little hypnagogic (particularly the early one-two punch of “The Pacifist” and “Open Space”), and as it turns out, You Stand Uncertain finds itself perfectly at home in the midst of similarly nostalgic Planet Mu material from Solar Bears, Tropics and Boxcutter.

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Mimosa – 58 Degrees

Mimosa – 58 Degrees

Mimosa - 58 Degrees

Mimosa has released another collection of brilliant, innoventive dubstep. Falling somewhere between an EP and an LP, this 5 track collection has more of what I love about Mimosa – glitchy loops and samples, serene synths, ethereal whistles and slides, and of course, a deep, grooving bass. Block Party (track 4) is notable for kicking the tempo up to an almost DnB tune, so those looking for a track to slow their roll may wish to wait for a more energetic time of day to try out this album, but don’t pass up this experience.

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wAgAwAgA – Hyper Typewriter

wAgAwAgA – Hyper Typewriter

wAgAwAgA - Hyper Typewriter

igloomag.com:

The laid-back dubby vibes continue ever onwards, punctuated by resonant 303 bassline exercises throughout, and I found that it’s a great album for leaving on in the background without demanding your full attention. Having said this, midway through the album, there’s an absolutely beautiful 10-minute track (one that I’ve kept returning to every day since beginning this review) called “Kitchqoorredux,” which really opens up in the final two minutes and reminds me of Warp production duo Plaid in terms of its head-nodding electronic beats and gorgeous plinky synth melodies.

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Delicate Steve – Wondervision

Delicate Steve – Wondervision

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No review for this one. A somewhat discordant and eclectic start mellows into short, sweet, twee songs. Spangly production – the tracks sparkle out of the speakers with just a hint of background grit. Progressing joyfully through the album we encounter twangy guitars and pounding, energetic drums. Frequently taking breaks and going on segues, this would be a fun album to clean your bathroom to, if you really, really hate cleaning your bathroom, and use orange scented cleaner, and want to feel really good about yourself afterwards.

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Bvdub – One Last Look at the Sea

Bvdub – One Last Look at the Sea

“3 years ago I made an album titled “One Last Look at the Sea”… As many of you know, it was supposed to be released on Somnia, but the label closed. Then it was supposed to come out on 2 other labels, one of which also closed, and the other of which went on an indefinite hiatus.”
“So what I have decided to do is to offer my humble thanks to all who have supported not only Quietus in the past, but my music in general both past and present.”
“As some of you know, from China I am currently unable to run Quietus in its original form for a myraid of reasons, so I have decided to do a one-time digital release, and to show my thanks to everyone by giving it to you for free.”

Exillon – Mean Rich Mud

Exillon – Mean Rich Mud

Exillon - Mean Rich Mud

igloomag.com:

Exillon’s Mean Rich Mud is one of the more refreshing electronic releases that have hit these ears as of late. Embracing the sound of classic IDM, Exillon’s Jay Fields infuses this six track EP with healthy doses of acid, electro, and dubstep. Styles are mixed up within the tracks so things are in constant state of change. This all adds up to a sound that is engaging, dynamic, and very danceable.

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Minotaur Shock – Maritime

Minotaur Shock – Maritime

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prefixmag.com:

David Edwards’s newly minted disco folktronica, as easily aligned with Sufjan Stevens as Aphex Twin, is a little bit very crazy. Not that deejays shouldn’t read melodramatic 1930s novels, but when Edwards cited du Maurier as a serious influence on his album, the royal “we” were a little, uh, surprised. Does he spray himself with violet perfume too?
Taking the ocean as a foundation for rhythm, Maritime offers a deeply narcotic and glamorous epic tale of the sea. And du Maurier seems apt as the calm push and pull of the waves emerges, and the odd creak of the ship’s deck materializes in foreboding oboes and clarinets.

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Autoclav1.1 – All Standing Room in the Goodnight Saloon

Autoclav1.1 – All Standing Room in the Goodnight Saloon

Autoclav1.1 - All Standing Room in the Goodnight Saloon

chaindlk.com:

‘There’s No More Isolation’ might be one of my favorite tracks on the album, for although it uses many of the previous elements employed by Autoclav1.1, it all seems to come together here like magic. Andy Davis had a hand in the (additional) beats and electronics on this one, but I can’t tell where or how. Rachel Haywire’s only contribution to ‘This Town’ is the opening vocal phrase, ‘This is a fictional slumber.’ I like the bold distorted line guitar l which carries part of the melody. I’m reminded of William Orbit here. ‘Some Subtle Inebriation’ is backed with woozy filtered synth pads (courtesy of Don Hill, no doubt) synth voices and dense strings, but once again there is that sequenced simple piano melody, which is getting a little old by now.

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Mogwai – Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will

Mogwai – Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will

Mogwai - Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will

latimesblogs.latimes.com:

If Mogwai hadn’t been inching toward experimental metal before, it is now. There still are uplifting hints of indie slow pop lurking around its seventh studio album, “Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will,” the sort of requisite sounds one hears when watching TV dramas about football-playing teenagers in Texas or Prius commercials directed during the Obama campaign, but there are also brief glimpses of ’70s sludge — and it is refreshingly wonderful. As an instrumental band, it would only make sense that Mogwai would arrive here eventually. There is only so much strumming and twinkling an outfit can do before its needs to axe it up or fuzz it out.

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Aether – Artifacts

Aether – Artifacts

pitchfork.com:

Opener “Forgive Me” pulses its way into melancholy, electric piano-driven life like a wintry cousin to one-beat wonder Peter Panic’s production on Jay-Z’s “Regrets”, and subsequent sounds– the head-nodding sparkle of “Dejame Dormir”, the stomping orchestral b-boy sweep of “To Her”, the combination of hard, skittering beats and aloof folk-pop on “Anywhere”– reveal a simultaneous impulse towards percussive force and delicate, occasionally baroque melodic flourishes that give Artifacts a high-contrast personality.