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Neneh Cherry: Blank Project

“Compared to Neneh Cherry’s three proper solo albums, the last of which was released in 1996, Blank Project is from another dimension….From front to back, Blank Project is riveting uneasy listening.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Icona Pop: This Is…Icona Pop

“Icona Pop struck gold with ‘I Love It,’ a single with so much staying power that it took almost two years to reach saturation on the airwaves and charts. The song’s slow ascent allowed Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt the time they needed to craft an album with a similar mix of instant impact and [...]

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M.I.A: Matangi

“Throughout Matangi, Arulpragasam proves she’s as adept as ever at blending different sounds and cultures into a mix that is unmistakably hers, alluding to Shampoo’s bratty Brit-pop single ‘Trouble’ at one moment and proclaiming herself the female Slick Rick at another. Indeed, the moments inspired by rap and R&B are among the highlights….’” –All Music [...]

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Milosh: Jet Lag

“[I]t is Milosh’s smoothest and most focused solo work….Milosh’s rhythms are softer, more supple, and they suit his voice more than before….[A] sophisticated electronic pop album with a serious lingering effect.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Cher: Closer To The Truth

“After half a century in the music industry, it’s amazing that Cher is still making records in 2013. That Closer to the Truth is any good at all is even more shocking… [T]he album has a fully modern sound, a large portion of the songs… are hooky and fun, and her voice, aided by technology [...]

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“Ólafur Arnalds has already made a name for himself as a musical maverick who skirts the edges of the classical, rock, electronic, and avant-garde worlds with enthusiastic ease, a Nico Muhly with a higher tolerance for cold weather, if you will. On his second full-length release, Arnalds moves further away from electronics to embrace a [...]

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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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Julia Holter: Loud City Song

“[B]ask in the beauty of Holter’s voice, which is often overlooked given all the other things going on in her music….Loud City Song is Holter’s most polished work to date, and another example of how she upholds and redefines what it means to be an avant-garde singer/songwriter.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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James Blake: Overgrown

“Somewhere between the vacant echoes of dub and trip-hop, dubstep’s sample-slicing production, and the contained heartbreak of a singer/songwriter playing piano to himself in an empty room, Blake has crafted Overgrown….While it might take listeners a few spins to find the right head space for the album, once they get there, it’s an easy place [...]

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Selena Gomez: Stars Dance

“Thanks to the strong songs, Selena’s reliably strong vocals, and the variety of sounds, it adds up to be another fine entry in her catalog and just another example of why Selena Gomez is one of the best pop stars making music in 2013.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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The Postal Service: Give Up

“Ben Gibbard’s famously bittersweet vocals and sharp, sensitive lyrics imbue Give Up with more emotional heft than you might expect from a synth pop album, especially one by a side project from musicians as busy as Tamborello and Gibbard are. The album exploits the contrast between the cool, clean synths and Gibbard’s all-too-human voice to [...]

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Pet Shop Boys: Electric

“[T]his taut, electro-disco wonder kicks off with the Kraftwerk-meets-Giorgio Moroder highlight ‘Axis’ and stays in the zone with both icy cool productions from Stuart Price (Madonna, Seal, Kylie Minogue) and a bpm count that remains high with nothing coming close to a slow dance ballad….An excellent, unexpected, and infectious triumph.” –All Music Guide Check Our [...]

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Quadron: Avalanche

“[T]he album has all of the charm, nuance, and lingering effect of the debut. Lush, cushiony grooves are supplied….Those who were attracted to the first album’s quiet, lithe moments get some of the same through ‘Befriend,’ ‘Sea Salt,’ and ‘Avalanche’ — airy romantic ballads with perfectly slight touches of woodwinds, strings, and even pedal steel [...]

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“The full-length debut album from Los Angeles’ Capital Cities, 2013′s In a Tidal Wave of Mystery is an infectious mix of synth-heavy dance pop….[T]he album brings to mind the early, innovative electronic music of artists who were earnestly taken with the explicitly computer-generated sounds of the modern wonder that was the synthesizer, like Level 42 [...]

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Disclosure: Settle

“Cunning if not particularly novel synthesists…Guy and Howard Lawrence draw from several styles and sub-styles of dance music — house, garage, dubstep, bass — and add pop appeal on Settle, their first album…. Considering all the shrewd alliances and its polished attack, Settle seems like it was designed to be 2013′s acceptable dance album. That [...]

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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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Andy Stott: Luxury Problems

“Despite being significantly more ambient and less knotty than Andy Stott’s 2011 releases, which were combined and expanded that December for Passed Me By/We Stay Together, Luxury Problems is nearly as spine-chilling. Its rhythms are fluid more often than coagulated, and there’s an additional human element granted by the voice of opera-trained singer Alison Skidmore.” [...]

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Rhye: Woman

“In 2010, Mike Milosh flew to Denmark to work on a Quadron remix with that duo’s Robin Hannibal. The collaboration grew into another duo, named Rhye… [A]n ideal fusion of the two instrumentalists and producers, whose sound is enhanced — never overstuffed — with horns, woodwinds, and strings, including harp. Tempos rarely break a breezy [...]

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“Ellison’s trademarks — skittering and rustling percussion atop slightly irregular drums that knock and thud, for instance — factor almost as much as ever, but his slight adjustments and increased restraint make this his most accessible and creative release yet.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Daphni: Jialong

“Caribou’s Dan Snaith, is bold and direct where his main project is intricate and subtle…. At their best, Daphni and Jiaolong definitely have a vitality that some dance music — and even some of Snaith’s other work — lacks…” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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