Christina Gubala

Album reviews

ADRIAN YOUNGE: VOICES OF GEMMA

March 30th, 2018

Unlike the thick funk of his Luke Cage soundtrack or the Delfonics tracks he so deftly recalibrated, Voices of Gemma floats into territories previously explored by bands like Rotary Connection, Stereolab and Broadcast.

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BENEDEK: KUSHEL EP

March 8th, 2018

Benedek’s moody and chic new offering (in anticipation of his spring tour through Korea, China, and Japan) is a pastiche of travel-themed textures built from his characteristically flowery synth tones and playful drum machine patterns.

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MAST: THELONIOUS SPHERE MONK

January 31st, 2018

There is a fearlessness in the reverence that underlies this album—imbued with an energetic joie de vivre, it carries the torch Monk lit decades ago into our digital future with dignity and gusto.

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KHRUANGBIN: CON TODO EL MUNDO

January 30th, 2018

The result is a sophisticated jet-set kind of cool that doesn't expire, landing somewhere near the vibrant intersection of funk, world and rock music, all kissed by a Mexican sea breeze as cuicas percolate deep in the mix.

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OLIVIA KAPLAN: AT THE SEAMS EP

January 23rd, 2018

The EP’s climax comes in the form of a question during the closing track: “How do you get by without getting so low?” There Kaplan lets us in on her secret, perhaps the same power that made her emotional anguish sound so sweet: “Honey, you don’t.”

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MATTHEWDAVID: TIME FLYING BEATS

January 18th, 2018

“Ah… we know that perhaps economically and politically, we have moved back, but aesthetically and technologically we have moved ahead and...” The first track, a found-sound PSA, neatly foreshadows those concepts, born at the end of the millennial calendar and folded into the frenetic motion and mutated yet familiar voices that comprise Matthewdavid’s Time Flying Beats.