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DJ Blaqstarr, ‘Supastarr EP’ (Mad Decent)

This collection of seven tracks by Baltimore upstart Blaqstarr (on Philadelphia DJ Diplo's new label) serves as a good example of the raw, exuberant club…
Michaelangelo Matos / July 30, 2007

Savath & Savalas, ‘Golden Pollen’ (Anti-)

Formerly a collaborative project with vocalist Eva Puyuelo, Savath & Savalas is now another solo pseudonym for Guillermo Scott Herren. Golden Pollen has some of…
Michaelangelo Matos / July 27, 2007

A-Trak, ‘Dirty South Dance’ (Obey)

Sure, "Vocal A meets Music B" DJ blends are tossed-off gimmicks most of the time, but in those rare moments when the gimmick clicks, the…
Michaelangelo Matos / July 16, 2007

Digitalism, ‘Idealism’ (Astralwerks)

Jens Moelle and Ismail Tuefekci may be German, but the tracks they make as Digitalism slot right in with the recent wave of Parisian house…
Michaelangelo Matos / June 26, 2007

Scharpling and Wurster, ‘The Art of the Slap’ (Stereolaffs)

Over the past decade, Superchunk drummer Jon Wurster and WFMU radio DJ Tom Scharpling have become one of the most inspired comedy duos ever, and…
Michaelangelo Matos / May 27, 2007

Khan, ‘Who Never Rests’ (Tomlab)

Remember the late '90s, when electronic music was going to rescue us from boring rock'n'roll? Who would have figured that a decade on, some of…
Michaelangelo Matos / May 26, 2007

Dntel, ‘Dumb Luck’ (Sub Pop)

You might expect producer Jimmy Tamborello, also half of the Postal Service, to push the boundaries of his woozy laptop-pop tomfoolery with the first record…
Michaelangelo Matos / May 9, 2007

World/Inferno Friendship Society, ‘Red-Eyed Soul’ (Chunksaah)

The two bands that Franz Nicolay plays keyboards for -- the Hold Steady and World/Inferno Friendship Society -- share a drunken, wild-eyed aesthetic. But while…
Michaelangelo Matos / December 19, 2006

Mixel Pixel, ‘Music for Plants’ (Kanine)

How do you make twee indie pop even more twerpy? Amp up the beats and pile on the loops. Like trip-hop on cola instead of…
Michaelangelo Matos / December 4, 2006

Todd Edwards, ‘Odyssey’ (i!)

Dance music is full of auteurs, and one of the greatest and most undersung is New Jersey's Todd Edwards, whose cut-and-paste production style has influenced…
Michaelangelo Matos / November 21, 2006

The Hold Steady, ‘Boys and Girls in America’ (Vagrant)

The Hold Steady's Craig Finn infuses his windy tales of youthful debauchery with a mixture of detective-fiction luridness and first-club-show romanticism. For the Brooklyn band's…
Michaelangelo Matos / November 13, 2006

Klee, ‘Honeysuckle’ (Minty Fresh)

Klee is a trio (vocals, keyboards, and guitar) who write basic, efficient songs and fit them to a workmanlike variety of musical settings: disco rock…
Michaelangelo Matos / October 24, 2006

Junior Boys, ‘So This Is Goodbye’ (Domino)

Once upon a time, it seemed like Junior Boys were poised to swipe the Postal Service's emotronica demographic -- they brooded harder and had better…
Michaelangelo Matos / October 23, 2006

Dani Siciliano, ‘Slappers’ (!K7)

An American-born Londoner and longtime vocalist for experimental house kingpin Matthew Herbert, Siciliano is a pretty sharp producer herself, as the spiky rhythms and alternately…
Michaelangelo Matos / October 17, 2006

The Rapture, ‘Pieces of the People We Love’ (Universal Motown)

On the Rapture's 2003 breakthrough, Echoes, the Brooklyn quartet attempted to juggle raw post-punk and thumping club tracks. But having ditched production wizards the DFA…
Michaelangelo Matos / October 13, 2006

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