Cyclopeans self-titled debut EP is a mix of Jazz and Ambient with various world cultural influences. The tracks are quirky and have an edge of experimentalism but are coherent and have good beat hooks. The four artists collaborating on this album Irmin Schmidt, Jaki Liebezeit, Jono Podmore, and Burnt Friedman are all veteran musicians (Schmidt and Liebezeit formed the art-rock band Can) and you can hear this in the music. This is a solid debut, where seasoned artists can play and experiment with music and produce something that is on the edge of far out yet sounds and feels polished.
RIYD: Brian Eno, Peter Namlook
Tracks: All Good
Untogether is the second album from Montreal band, Blue Hawaii. The music is a mix of Folktronica and chillwave with airy, haunting vocals from the mysterious Raphaelle. The music itself has a cold edge to it, like something you would hear in a fairy tale that takes place in an enchanted forest in the middle of winter. The album is dreamy and alluring, the song bewitching and elegant. A wonderful sophomore effort.
RIYD: Ariane Moffatt, Miranda Sex Garden, Grimes, Diva Dompe
The latest from Bjork is a remix album titled Bastards. The album remixes tracks from the Biophilia album. The music ranges from Middle Eastern Electronica, Dance Ambient, Electro Hop, and Dubstep along with her iconic vocals. Lots of variety to choose from.
Autechre is back this time with two hours of music on a double disc album titled Exai. True to form, this album is dark and glitchy with heavy beats. The music has elements of Dark Ambient, Experimentalism, IDM, Industrial and Electro Hop. The tracks vary a bit as well from dark and menacing to a more sleek neo-urban sound. While these tracks arent dance floor friendly, they do have a certain groove to them that gets your mind and body moving. Mysterious, neo-futuristic with a sleek urban feel these tracks conjure up the dark forces of electronic music.
Tracks: Disc 1:1,2,4,5,7,9 Disc 2: 1,2,3,7,8
Data Romances full length debut is titled Other. Similar to their self-titled Ep the music is a mix of Electro Pop with a dark moody undercurrent. Amy Kirkpatrick provides the vocals which are very melodic and haunting and have an attractive airiness to them. The tracks bounce from being very dark, almost gritty to a more lighthearted sound. This might sound contradictory but Kirkpatricks vocals bridge these two styles and the track layout has a good flow. This is a solid debut from this Vancouver band.
RIYD: Portishead, Bjork, Sietta, Burial
A Long Way To Fall is the most recent release from Ulrich Schnauss. The music is dreamy Ambient Dance/Ambient Techno. Very similar to Tycho, these tracks float and drift yet instead of disappearing into the mist they are anchored by a solid beat structure. The good/bad thing about this style of music is that it as the album progresses, it does become ambient that is it disappears into background rather than completely capturing your attention. Nevertheless, this a great album to chill to or something to play at bedtime or taking a nap.
RIYD: Tycho, Boards Of Canada
The latest from David Starfire is titled Ascend. The music is a mix of Bhangra, Arabic, Dub, Reggae, Dubstep, Moombahcore all wrapped around a Downtempo, Electronica vibe. The Dubstep mixed with the various international sounds creates an interesting and creative mix. Theres a lot of variety here so give it a listen.