Puja Patel

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New York, NY

  • Various Artists, 'Future Disco Presents: Poolside Sounds (Needwant)

    Soft, tinkling disco and calm laidback house ideal for summer rooftops and Xanax use.

  • Digitalism, 'DJ-Kicks' (!K7)

    Bright waves of dance-punk and blurry grunts of electro relive "Pogo;" new production far outshines their last.

  • Maximo Park, 'The National Health' (Warp)

    Tired UK alt-rock for the era when Franz Ferdinand and The Bravery got radio play. Give us some pep!

  • Left to right, Icona Pop's Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo

    Icona Pop Talk Shop: Swedish Duo on Romance and Revenge

    When Swedish singers Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo decided to make music together, they had no idea what they were going to do. Literally. Though they attended the same music school in Stockholm, the duo's electro-pop outfit Icona Pop was born out of a chance meeting at a party — Jawo had come out of a particularly grueling breakup and Hjelt was in a bout of artistic malaise, and the two felt an instant creative connection. Eager to work together, they decided to start writing and figured their musical direction would eventually come to them just as naturally as friendship had. They finished writing their first song exactly one day later.

  • Diplo, 'Express Yourself EP' (Mad Decent)

    Mad Decent kingpin dives into screechy moombahton and bounce; Elephant Man and Nicky Da B start a riot.

  • Hot Chip, 'In Our Heads' (Domino)

    The bizarre video for "Night and Day," the first single off Hot Chip's fifth album, shows you what to expect. Amid an elastic bass line, black and white spaceships (manned by Reggie Watts and supermodel Lara Stone) zip toward a temple which houses a crowned egg guarded by Chippendales dancers and hooded monks chanting and flailing in ceremony, awaiting their cosmic visitors. The goal is unclear until the two ships merge above the temple to form a yin-yang, briefly reaching a moment of zen before crashing and exploding. This British dance-music outfit always has obscured their mission statements with absurd, off-kilter brilliance, though they're far from a novelty act. Sure, their geek chic has aged well, but In Our Heads proves that their pop-glazed production savvy still reigns supreme.

  • Simian Mobile Disco, 'Unpatterns' (Witchita)

    UK duo get wiser with age; forgo lusty electro-pop hooks of old for sexy slow-building minimal techno.

  • Various Artists, 'Kitsune America' (Kitsune)

    Kitsune's first U.S. comp is light, retro disco-pop for group picnics and twee iPod commercials.

  • Rye Rye

    Rye Rye: 'I'm Trying to Be a Role Model'

    In 2009, sassy Baltimore Club MC Rye Rye, a then-recent addition to M.I.A.'s N.E.E.T. Recordings entourage, was set to release her debut album to an eagerly awaiting audience. Her work with Blaqstarr on earlier tracks like "Shake It to the Ground" and "Hands Up, Thumbs Down" (a version of which eventually morphed into M.I.A.'s "World Town") promised witty dance-floor provocations, hometown pride, and off-the-cuff jokes set to the tune of sweaty, fast club music. But then, after an unexpected pregnancy, Rye Rye told her fans that they would have to wait just a little big longer. Three years longer as it turns out. She's spent the time well. Released on May 15, Go! Bang! Pop! (Interscope) has benefited from the rapper's growing musical tastes, an arsenal of heavy-hitting producers, and the music scene's current embrace of melting-pot, rap-meets-pop open-mindedness.

  • AC Slater, 'Sidewinder' (Trouble and Bass)

    Soundtrack to Skrillex-era monster truck rally: Bass gears grind; engines cough out electro, grime, weed smoke.

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