Album reviews

Album reviews

SUDAN ARCHIVES: SELF-TITLED EP

July 17th, 2017

Six tracks, each running shorter than 4 minutes, merely whet the appetite for this unique sound, and hopefully they only scratch the surface of what we'll come to see from her.

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NITE JEWEL: REAL LOW

July 16th, 2017

The pieces that comprise this epilogue provide not only a satisfying listen, but offer fascinating additional clues to the creative process of an artist constantly refining her art.

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DZANG: 3G

July 16th, 2017

On 3G—an aptly chillwave-era tech reference—film score composer Adam Gunther’s vignettes read like an internal monologue, characteristically cinematic yet eerily personal. Gunther’s third release under the name Dzang, 3G is a day-in-the-mind ride-along with a composer whose antecedents include house, trip-hop, R&B, soulful jazz and krautrock.

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SEXTILE: ALBEIT LIVING

July 11th, 2017

From start to finish, Albeit Living is a shock to the system. The album kicks off with the synth-heavy track “One of These” and doesn’t let up through the final dark industrial track “AVC,” proving that Sextile is a band with unstoppable energy and immense versatility.

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MONIQUEA: BLACKWAVEFUNK

June 17th, 2017

Blackwavefunk is distinctly Moniquea, yet infused with her knowledge and appreciation of godmothers Chaka, Whitney and Janet, making for fine-ass summer party music.

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LITRONIX: PUMP THE GAS

June 16th, 2017

Kevin Litrow’s subversive synth-pop project Litronix has been kicking around for years now, and his debut LP Pump the Gas is not only worth the wait, but a product of it. Written and recorded over the four years Litrow spent living above a gas station at the corner of Venice & Lincoln, its tales of West L.A. slackers, bums, and self-righteous hippies will be as familiar to Angelenos as our semiweekly stops at fuel stations.