Finding convergence in electronic ambience and synth-rock explorations, "Ruin" by Washington D.C. group VEDAS leads the listener down a personal rabbit hole of estranged, haunted emotions.
If you listen to the first track from Gary Numan's freshman solo release, "The Pleasure Principle," its most appropriate classification is that of a precursor: a postcard to the future, inscribed with the possibilities of audibly merging man and machine more thoroughly than ever before. Of developing a persuasion of sound that had yet to be uncovered and plugged-in.
It was freezing, and the line for Rebecca & Fiona on Friday night was 20 deep. House music spilled out of Europe Night Club with the same intensity as the waiting women who jiggled out of their tops as they bounced to stay warm. Its compulsory thump threatened to break pavement as we shivered. A text to a friend on the inside scored us instant respite from the cold that nipped our bare skin.
One part indie singer-songwriter, one part hip-hop producer and a dash of disco, Broken Bells impress on the new release "After the Disco."
Crafty and intricate, the music of Forsthays has undeniable echoes of Frank Ocean while still venturing into wholly new, wholly eclectic electro-R&B vistas. Case in point: the new track "Better Off Now."
"Basement Lights" by Sleepers Work -- an electronic project by Brooklyn, N.Y. multi-instrumentalist and producer William Flynn, known for his work with St. Vincent and Acrylics -- flows through elastic minimalism to find some subtle emotional depths.
Justin Timberlake isn't the easiest (or even most likely) artist to cover, especially a newer track and especially in an ambient electronic style, but Coldair, aka Warsaw-based multi-instrumentalist Tobiasz Biliński, takes JT's "Strawberry Bubblegum" into a whole new moody pop realm.
Electronic pop chanteuse -- and we don't drop the French lightly -- Anna Jean, aka Juniore, makes elegant but incessantly rhythmic music, dreamily displayed on the new track "Dans Le Noir."
Fresh and revelatory holiday music can be hard to come by, but when Brothers Lazaroff join forces with electronic musician the Vaad, lyricist James Stone Goodman and members of the Klezmer Conspiracy, Hanukkah truly sounds like a festival of light and dedication for the 21st century.