Welcome to Heathered, the synth-heavy debut EP from electronic duo darkDARK. According to the band, the record is about relationships. “Everything from the first moments with someone, which can be so amazing and fleeting, to the times where you’ve forgotten who you both are, change, and evolve […]” darkDARK recently told Consequence of Sound. Haley Bonar’s sultry vocals over shadowy synthesizers only gets better as the tracks advance. It takes on a cinematic quality that will have you reaching for the volume knob and player controls.

Self Released 2/14/2017

Carl Craig is known for Techno. So what is this? A collaboration between the Detroit iconoclast and a French Orchestra– a fabulous album that takes his music out of the club and into the concert hall. Beautifully minimal and progressive, tracks like “The Melody”, “Domina” and “Technology” are about as close to pure bliss you can legally get.

“Versus is my desire and dream come true to have my music interpreted by an orchestra.” – Carl Craig

Release Date: May 16, 2017 on Infine

Apparently that genre is a thing with Argentinian born singer-songwriter and an actress Juana Molina. Having not heard of Molina before, it’s unknown what differentiates Halo from her previous six albums. Tracks like “Los pies helados,” “Cosoco,” and “Cara de espejo” are upbeat and catchy, but the album’s general demeanor is pretty cloudy. The nearly 57 minutes of echoing vocals and atmospheric instrumentation gets numbing after about 20 minutes. Sift through the cruft, and there are some real gems to be found.

Release Date: 5/5/2017 on Crammed Discs

Seattle-based electronic artist Yair Rubinstein AKA Big Spider’s Back returns with this 9 track analog playground available as a cassette tape only release. Get lost on a Gold Star highway with tech-house bangers like “Light Sleeper,” “Outbound,” and “Dream Sequencer.” Or find solace on a long walk alone with wavey instrumentals like “Ativan” or “Sunset Programming. Where ever you might going, Beverly Centaur will get you there.

Release date: 4/28/2017 on Hush Hush

Jimmy Whoo, Parisian producer and Co-Founder of Grande Ville Records, returns with the second part to his Motel Music album that he wrote over a three month stay in Los Angeles. Consisting of “dark, filmic moments that weave together dreamlike visions of L.A. landscapes and night time glamour,” or in this writer’s words, a mellow mix of contemporary electronic, hip hop, soul and jazz. Motel Music part 2 is an electronic album safe enough to play straight through at your next cocktail event or dinner party, with enough complexity to entertain the more engaged listener many times over. Truly wonderful.

Release Date: 3/17/2017

felt-tribute-to-lisa-bonetNot really sure what this album has to do with American Actress Lisa Bonet. Perhaps the TV inside of the Los Angeles hotel room where pre-production for this album was done got stuck on re-runs of The Cosby Show. With nothing better to do besides pound beers and rip butts, Murs, Ant & Slug focused their energy on a linear field of blue micro-dots and started writing. The results? A rejuvenation for those disaffected with the dismal current state of mainstream Hip Hop music.

Three years after DJ Krush released this magnificent self-megamix on Mo’ Wax Records, IBM put forth the intelligently designed Thinkpad X20.

It featured an Intel Pentium III 600 mhz processor with 128mb RAM, and a price tag of $2500. In 2003, a young man living in his Aunt’s garage bought one used for $600. It came pre-formatted with Windows 2000, and crashed after running the first “critical” security update. A friend told him it was like trying to remove the engine from a car while it was still running. For months, he would use this device scour the dark corners of cyber space in search of this glorious album, free of charge. He never did find it, until one day it appeared in the used bin of a basement record store. Score.