Dr. John, ‘Locked Down’ (Nonesuch)

Black Key furthers NOLA legend's late-career surge with heady Ethio-Afrobeat moves and strategic guitar bombs.
By: Richard Gehr / April 3, 2012

Stalley, ‘Savage Journey to the American Dream’ (Warner Bros.)

MMG's sincere sore thumb studiously rides cushy, kush-happy Block Beattaz synth swirls.
By: Brandon Soderberg / April 3, 2012

Photek, ‘DJ-Kicks’ (!K7)

Former junglist silkily surveys deep house, techno, amorphous bass music — everything but his drum & bass wheelhouse.
By: Philip Sherburne / April 3, 2012

Dolphins Into the Future, ‘…On Sea-Faring Isolation’ (Fonal)

Daydreamer has gloopy Pierre Henry electronic sub-bubbles for the smudgewave era.
By: Christopher R. Weingarten / April 3, 2012

Zammuto, ‘Zammuto’ (Temporary Residence)

Books guitarist turns Prefused nice sprites into sunnier-than-thou "Stay High" stutter-glitch and cluster-pop.
By: Christopher R. Weingarten / April 2, 2012

Clark, ‘Iradelphic’ (Warp)

On his sixth album for Warp, former IDM outfielder flits between idiosyncratic synth warble and dreamy folk pop.
By: Philip Sherburne / April 2, 2012

Xiu Xiu, ‘Always’ (Polyvinyl)

Jamie Stewart's cutting art-rock (rape, murder, abortion) still reflects life's cruelty, but also provides pop escape.
By: Josh Modell / April 2, 2012

Mirrorring, ‘Foreign Body’ (Kranky)

Grouper and Tiny Vipers join for pastoral guitar introspection; emerge with dry, affectless float.
By: Christopher R. Weingarten / April 2, 2012

DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles, ‘The Kolexxxion’ (Gracie Productions)

Bumpy’s tales of “the Gang Starr Bus” and bitchmade MCs save an hour of drab boom-bap.
By: Mosi Reeves / April 2, 2012

Carter Tutti Void, ‘Transverse’ (Mute)

On May 13, 2011, two generations of noiseniks met at London's Roundhouse to reconcile rhythm with the legacy of the avant-garde.
By: Philip Sherburne / March 30, 2012
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