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“Takako Minekawa returned with Toropical Circle, a collaboration with former Ponytail guitarist Dustin Wong that is equally familiar and surprising….Toropical Circle might be Minekawa’s least overtly poppy album yet, but it’s also one of her most successful and intriguing; it’s true to her spirit as well as Wong’s, and a lovely, welcome return.” –All Music [...]

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“‘Writing and completing this album was one of the most difficult and rewarding things I’ve ever done,’ main man Daniel Graves comments. ‘I set out to demolish every expectation people have about Aesthetic Perfection, and I think I succeeded. People may say the anger is gone, but it’s not, it’s just bubbling underneath the surface.’” [...]

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Goldfrapp: Tales Of Us

“While Tales of Us is Goldfrapp’s most consistent album in terms of mood and sound, the duo still adds some variety….[I]t’s Goldfrapp’s most sophisticated work to date, and one of their most consistently satisfying albums.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Daft Punk: Random Access Memories

“Random Access Memories reveals itself as the kind of grand, album rock statement that listeners of the ’70s and ’80s would have spent weeks or months dissecting and absorbing — the ambition of Steely Dan, Alan Parsons, and Pink Floyd are as vital to the album as any of the duo’s collaborators…. But Random Access [...]

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Swedish House Mafia: Until Now

“[I]t’s as fun as larks come, and for the legions of fans they picked up while spinning the Miami to Ibiza circuit, it’s a welcome souvenir.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Holy Other: Held

“Throughout, Holy Other uses repetition to heighten the sense of life as one long cruel cycle of longing and despair… But it’s all the more affecting for that, and for all its cleverness it’s not just a calculated exercise. There could even be commercial potential for this music; it sounds like Michael Jackson slowed down [...]

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The xx: Coexist

“[T]hese songs lay the trio’s R&B roots bare, with an extra emphasis on that last word: while second albums are where bands usually add more elements to their sound to keep things interesting, the xx go even darker and sparer than they were on their debut, which was pretty sparse and dark to begin with….Coexist’s [...]

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Mocean Worker: Candygram for Mowo!

“Adam Dorn, aka Mocean Worker, has looked around at the current socio-economic situation and decided that what the world needs is a little bit of feel-good dance music. So he gathered some friends…and put together a jazzy, funky, sometimes downright humorous program that blends up-to-the-minute breakbeats, pre-swing jazz, ’70s rare groove, Latin hip-hop, hard bop, [...]

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“One of Hot Chip’s most confident, joyous, and danceable albums yet…That Hot Chip manage to balance their kinetic and confessional sides so well here is no small feat, and In Our Heads is some of their finest and most accessible music.”–All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“The band’s vocal-heavy, post-disco inversions could be among the most geeky combinations in modern music, but against all odds they’ve stayed consistently and idiosyncratically cool, and that’s probably to do with the power of unparalleled grooves. Grace serves as a flagrant reminder of all the ways The Rapture can be great.” –Paste Magazine Check Our [...]

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Balam Acab: Wander/Wonder

“Wander/Wonder is an exercise in depth, a flowing suite of mermaid’s lullabies that turn seductive.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Bjork: Biophilia

“Biophilia sometimes feels like a soundtrack; songs such as the album-opening “Moon” — which features gravity harps built especially for this project — are so soft and delicate that they take a while to reveal themselves without their corresponding visuals. But just because the music is only one part of the Biophilia experience doesn’t mean [...]

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“Toro y Moi’s debut record, Causers of This, fit firmly in the newly formed chillwave tradition. [This second album] is a shiny, dreamy affair that retains all the hooks and feel of the first album but adds some energy and pop immediacy. Underneath the Pine is an improvement in every way on Causers of This, [...]

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Oneohtrix Point Never: Replica

“Lopatin projects a quietly desirous fetishism. Very nice, very nice.” –Tiny Mix Tapes Check Our Catalog

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“This is subtle music, and begs to be held close to the vest. Washed Out, despite the label and increasing popularity, still feels like a secret, a hallmark of the best bedroom pop.” –Under the Radar Check Our Catalog

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Bibio: Mind Bokeh

“From the opening track, it’s clear that Wilkinson has gone for an even more defined electro pop sound than 2009’s Ambivalence Avenue.” –Beats Per Minute   Check Our Catalog

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Dom: Sun Bronzed Greek Gods

“Worcester’s Dom…likely to be our biggest musical export this year.The seven songs on this EP, now being re-released onto the bigger stage through Astralwerks, are the epitome of the predominant contemporary mercurialism, where lo-fi electronic retro-futurism meets psyched-out garage.” –The Boston Globe Check Our Catalog

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“Bundick’s kitchen-sink approach is a standout element of Causers of This, as layers of subdued keyboards, vague vocals, sparse drum machines, and ’80s soul/house-influenced bass lines put you in a sensual listening space. For some, this could be unlistenable; for others, it will simply come off like the natural product of glitch, shoegaze (to which [...]

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“If it’s new Daft Punk, we expect it to, uh, faire l’amour to our cochleas. Even without the benefit of visuals, this Tron reboot has heartstopping glitch traps and wide yawning sound chasms, pulling your ears through expansive twists and turns that make an orchestral movie soundtrack feel thrillingly visceral.” –The Boston Phoenix Check Our [...]

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Caribou: Swim

Check Our Catalog “Disco and house are the templates here, and Swim builds drama with fluttered flutes, processed strings, skronking saxophone, or a wheezing horn meandering over a defiant, ominous bass.” –Spin Magazine

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