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Phantogram: Voices

“Voices is filled with catchy, emotion-packed songs that will sound great booming out of radio speakers, soundtracking late nights spent alone and wondering, and anytime some really powerful modern pop is needed.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Bastille: Bad Blood

“Bad Blood is a solid, polished debut that fans of acts like Snow Patrol (who don’t mind more electronics in the mix) might appreciate more than synth-pop aficionados.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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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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“Arriving after a year’s worth of anticipation… Chvrches’ debut album, The Bones of What You Believe, surpassed the significant hype surrounding it….[A] large part of their appeal comes from Lauren Mayberry’s voice. There’s something about her bright, slightly raspy soprano that grabs ears and hearts, even though she spends most of the album telling off [...]

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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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Lightning Dust: Fantasy

“By the album’s conclusion, its strengths are found in the songwriting, which only benefits from Lightning Dust’s restless experimentation and willingness to abandon their style for new modes well outside their comfort zone. The best songs on Fantasy are easily the best in Lightning Dust’s catalog because of this winning combination of pushed boundaries and [...]

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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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Atoms for Peace: Amok

“Thom Yorke’s Atoms for Peace involves longtime Radiohead engineer/producer Nigel Godrich (Ultraísta) and bassist Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), as well as two session veterans in drummer Joey Waronker (R.E.M., Ultraísta) and percussionist Mauro Refosco (Forro in the Dark)….[T]hey’ve come up with this, a product of jam sessions formed — by Yorke and Godrich — [...]

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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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Future Bible Heroes: Partygoing

“It’s been ten years since the last Future Bible Heroes album, but for those in the know, it’s hardly felt like a drought, as the group is merely a re-skinned version of ultra-prolific songwriter Stephin Merritt’s myriad other outlets, which include Magnetic Fields, Gothic Archies, and the 6ths….[F]ew songwriters can capture the bleak comedy of [...]

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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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Grimes: Visions

“Though the term ‘witch house’ is often thrown around too loosely (and often derisively), Grimes’ wispy vocals and four-on-the-floor beats are probably the closest to what the style would sound like if its name were taken literally… Fresh and surprisingly accessible despite its quirks, Visions is bewitching.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“While traditional bubu is played on bamboo flutes, metal pipes, and percussion instruments, Nabay’s brand is pure 21st century dance music… En Yay Sah is easily the most auspicious — and original — debut album of 2012.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“[Prince Rama]claim to cover the ‘pop hits’ of ten imaginary bands that all died during the apocalypse by ‘channeling’ them… The ‘songs’ on Top 10 Hits of the End of the World seem to aspire to a peyote-induced vision that melds Bananarama, latter-day Siouxsie & the Banshees, and Hayzie Fantayzee with a little Kajagoogoo and [...]

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Purity Ring: Shrines

“While whimsical, female-voiced electronic pop was all the rage when Purity Ring’s debut album Shrines was released, the duo still managed to stand out from the crowd… Shrines is a fine debut, full of lighter-than-air synth pop that manages to be dark, sparkling, innocent, and knowing all at once.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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