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Tricky’s Skilled Mechanics Cast a Cold Eye on ‘Boy’

Believe it or not, Tricky's never been much of a minimalist. Yes, his soundscapes are hushed and rife with negative space, but boy are they…
Dan Weiss / January 13, 2016

Elderbrook Gets Justin Bieber’s ‘Sorry’ Out of His Head by Covering It

Quite a few reluctant Justin Bieber fans have been taken with the ruin-climber's latest, partially Skrillex-helmed album Purpose, including downtempo U.K. singer/producer Elderbrook. "I've caught myself singing…
Harley Brown / January 13, 2016

Jennifer O’Connor Faces Her Own Demons on ‘Start Right Here’

Jennifer O'Connor speaks for everyone when she sings, "Your greatest fear / Your biggest doubt / Will try to break you down." We've all faced…
Rachel Brodsky / January 13, 2016

Murals Return In Perfect Form on Psych-Tinged ‘Watching In The Dark’

Louisville, Kentucky-based Murals are a long arc. Composed of founding members Evan Blum, Rob Monsoma, and Jacob Weaver, the psych-pop trio have been writing, recording…
Jeffrey Silverstein / January 12, 2016

Watch Damien Jurado Get Swindled in ‘Exit 353′ Video

Damien Jurado's forthcoming Visions of Us on the Land, set to be released March 18, 2016, will be the final installment in the singer's Maraqopa album trilogy.
Megan Bradley / January 12, 2016

Enter the Void With Oranssi Pazuzu’s “Hypnotisoitu Viharukous”

This February, Finnish cosmic thrashers Oranssi Pazuzu will release one of the most exciting, least predictable metal albums in recent memory with their gorgeously expansive…
Andrew Unterberger / January 11, 2016

Half Japanese Reinvigorate Their Past on Spindly ‘We Cannot Miss’

After waiting 13 years to release a studio album, art-punk pioneers Half Japanese are back to their prolific habits of several decades ago, starting with 2014's angular Overjoyed and continuing last year with…
Harley Brown / January 11, 2016

Seven Sisters of Sleep Put Both Feet in the ‘Gutter’ in New Song

On February 5, the brutal metal quintet Seven Sisters of Sleep will release Ezekiel's Hags, the band's third LP, and their first since signing to…
Andrew Unterberger / January 7, 2016

Penguin Prison Bumps Up The Knocks’ ‘I Wish (My Taylor Swift)’ in Slick Remix

While everyone was making a big fuss out of Ryan Adams's 1989 cover album last year, New York City production duo The Knocks cooked up a smoothly…
James Grebey / January 7, 2016

Michael Nau Climbs Mountains With Breathtakingly Quiet Acoustics on ‘While You Stand’

Appalachian singer-songwriter Michael Nau didn't intend to make an album by himself. Recorded piecemeal on various back porches and down back roads in Burlington, Vermont,…
Harley Brown / January 6, 2016

The Teen Age Get Stuck in Emotional Quicksand on ‘Backwards’

"I don't want to live without you," the Teen Age admit in their new single, a surfy doo-wop cut produced by Jason Finkel (Hundred Waters, Hiatus…
Rachel Brodsky / January 6, 2016

RJD2 Further Clarifies the Lucid Ambience of Tycho’s ‘Apogee’

Tycho's last exercise in flexible ambient electronica, 2014's Awake, has kept him going in the year following with a steady stream of remixes from the…
Harley Brown / January 5, 2016

Alabama Shakes Take Things Slow on ‘Austin City Limits’ with ‘This Feeling’

This Saturday the Shakes will play the late night live show Austin City Limits alongside Vintage Trouble.
Max Cea / December 30, 2015

Salva Slams Down on His Remix of Martin Solveig’s ‘Intoxicated’

Martin Solveig's indelible "Intoxicated" — one of SPIN's 40 Best Dance Songs of 2015 So Far from earlier this year — has gotten the remix…
Harley Brown / December 23, 2015

Q&A: RAC on His Brand-New Song, ‘Magic Hour,’ and First Grammy Nomination

RAC, also known as newly Grammy-nominated producer André Allen Anjos, is finishing up a big year. After releasing his debut original…
James Grebey / December 23, 2015

Cellars Revives the Best Of the ’80s with Luminous ‘Nighttime Girl’

Since 2013, Los Angeles singer-songwriter Alle Norton has been making candy-colored pop as Cellars in the iridescent vein of Madonna and Neon Indian. Her re-imagination of the…
Meilyn Huq / December 22, 2015

Tchami’s Got Spiritual Questions on Heavy ‘The After Life’ EP

French producer Tchami is often associated with the term "future house," a label he coined off the cuff and then invariably got permanently tagged with. (See Los Angeles' Wax…
Harley Brown / December 21, 2015

Saje Explore Deeper Waters on ‘Freefallin’ Dreams’

Over the past year, Parisian dance floor-oriented R&B duo Saje have low-key amassing millions of Soundcloud plays — thanks largely to having fans in Pacific…
Nathan Diller / December 18, 2015

Kamera Cycles Through Tough-As-Nails Techno on ‘Consignia’

U.K. producer Erol Alkan has given a variety of artists and DJs a platform via his Phantasy Sound label, including techno dark horse Daniel Avery…
Harley Brown / December 17, 2015

Amtrac Steers NERO Back to the Club With His Propulsive ‘Into the Night’ Remix

For their sophomore LP Between II Worlds, Grammy-winning U.K. electronic trio NERO wanted to make a cohesive artistic LP rather than a disjointed series of…
Harley Brown / December 16, 2015
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