Orbital, ‘Wonky’ (ACP)

Pioneer rave duo return to update bleeps and bloops with a joy so contagious even goth guest Zola Jesus seems happy.
Barry Walters / April 4, 2012

Grinderman, ‘Grinderman 2 RMX’ (Mute)

Factory Floor doubles down on Cave & Co.’s murk; Zinner and Homme stick out like red right hands.
Kory Grow / April 4, 2012

Adam Cohen, ‘Like a Man’ (Decca)

Rewriting “Suzanne” and other sad songs, Leonard’s son now sounds more like dad than Tegan sounds like Sara.
Barry Walters / April 4, 2012

Bola, ‘Volume 7′ (Awesome Tapes from Africa)

Mighty-mouthed Ghanaian updates fierce Frafra evocations, two-stringed lute riffage, with dry electric drums and keys.
Richard Gehr / April 4, 2012

Dirty Fences, ‘Dirty Fences’ (Volcom)

Party-punk New Bomb Turkeys shimmy their way through 13 minutes of Volcom’s poptimist prism.
Christopher R. Weingarten / April 4, 2012

Screaming Females, ‘Ugly’ (Don Giovanni Records)

You will never truly grasp the majesty of Marissa Paternoster until you look deeply into her eyes as she solos, which, yeah, good luck with…
Rob Harvilla / April 3, 2012

Dr. John, ‘Locked Down’ (Nonesuch)

Black Key furthers NOLA legend’s late-career surge with heady Ethio-Afrobeat moves and strategic guitar bombs.
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.
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.
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.
Christopher R. Weingarten / April 3, 2012
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