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Album reviews

LOW HUM: SELF-TITLED EP

February 16th, 2018

Low Hum's electro-punk disco dance-party soundtrack is the stuff pop songwriters dream about, but with just enough anger and desperation to set itself apart from upbeat LCD Soundsystem wanna-bes.

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BADLANDS: SLOW GROWTH

February 13th, 2018

Much like the arid landscapes that Tenney draws inspiration from, these recordings are stripped down and clean—literally without a hint of affecting studio production. Because of this, the record captures her at her most exposed and vulnerable—which somehow makes it all the more powerful.

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É ARENAS: MAR IGUANA EP

February 2nd, 2018

The title track is full of electronic squelches, sizzling Casio melodies, and an un-subtle cough or two in the back—it’s the kind of playful, polymorphic tune that could work wonderfully in a downtown warehouse DJ set or at an Echo Park house party. (Either way, you’re dancing.)

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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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PEARL CHARLES: SLEEPLESS DREAMER

January 30th, 2018

The record’s strongest tune is “Night Tides,” which plays to Charles’ strengths in all the right ways. It’s a lament about lost love, strung with elegant little metaphors about receding tides and chasing ghosts. The song is centered on one of her most impressive hooks and, like much of the material here, it makes great use of her top-notch band, whose work particularly shines on this track's dusky Malibu funk.