Angels and Devils plays like a face-of-god acid trip gone bad, or a near death experience in an underground dance dungeon in the midst of the crumbling of Babylon. Informed by the bass-heavy soundsystem aesthetic of the UK underground music culture he’s kind of affiliated with, Bug creates intentional sonic assaults, tracks that almost create a feel of sensory overload. Definitely not for everyone considering its sonic brutality, but there is a seriously powerful sense of darkly cinematic mood throughout. Also lots of great guest vocalists.
Favorite Tracks: Ascension (3), Mi Lost ft. Miss Red (4), Funcion ft. Manga (8), Dirty ft. Flowdan (12)
Hippie Sabotage is a producer duo that makes dreamy dance beats, taking rhythmic & drum sampling conventions of trap music and smearing them with melodic synths, hazy atmospheres, and pitched vocals. Most of these tunes sound sun-drenched & purp’d up, with hints of an EDM aesthetic.
Favorite Tracks: Sunny (1), Ridin Solo-Njomza Remix (3) , Talking Walls (7), Short Days and Long Nights (14)
There is much to fall in love with on Mean Love. It might be the funky, infectious brass lines of “New Name” or the reggae-soul of “Young Trouble” or the Sudanese Pop melody of “Omdurman.” West African slow-burners, steel guitar arrangements and country-soul, a Noir Blaxploitation vibe, and a sweet falsetto voice reminiscent of Curtis Mayfield, esp. in album standout “Hold Tight.”
Sinkane integrates a staggeringly broad palate of musical influences into an eclectic collection of funky, catchy, super-colorful tunes.
Favorite Tracks: How We Be (1), Young Trouble (4), Moonstruck (5), Hold Tight (7)
Katie Kate sings, raps, and makes big, synth-heavy electronic beats informed by modern hip hop & pop… which, although it sounds terrible on paper, actually works very well in a surprisingly original way on many tracks of this album. Rushmore shows her knack for creative ways to lyrically express hip hop bravado, and her groovy, catchy hooks are best exemplified in Drift (trk4) and Sadie Hawkins (trk9).
This EP is fire. It’s four songs that are each different and awesome in their own way. The first sounds like Phoenix mixed with some ragtime piano. It’s some real catchy and poppy stuff. Track 2 is a full on dance party with Daft Punk like guitar riffs, disco vocals, and loads of funk. 3 is upbeat and soaring. It’s got precisely plucked guitars and punctual synths. 4 is a cross between Miami Horror and Justice with a little bit of rap three quarters through the track.
Lemaitre is discodude duo, Ulrik Denizou Lund and Ketil Jansen. The group is named after Belgian scientist, Georges Lemaitre. He is credited with proposing the concept of the Big Bang. Boom. Check it out.
On Patterns & Light, Kodomo creates sprawling, cinematic compositions over energetic, dancefloor-friendly electronic beats. Most of the tracks center around a melody line from an organic source, usually piano, marimba or female vocals, bolstered and surrounded by expertly crafted synths, sweeps, and effects. Lots of long buildups & breakdowns, gradual progressions, and general electronic epicness. RIYL Jon Hopkins
Favorite Tracks: Impromptu , Mind Like A Diamond , Blue Shifter