Thom Yorke – Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes

There’s no rest for the wicked; is there, Radiohead? The individual members have been quite active since the band’s hiatus after wrapping up the tour of 2011’s The King of Limbs. Percussionist1 Phil Selway released his second solo album Weatherhouse, guitarist Johnny Greenwood composed the score for Inherent Vice, and Atoms for Peace – which…

Death Grips – Fashion Week

Is it a 90s loading screen of an Atari Jaguar game? Is it the soundtrack to wipE’out” 2097 on the Playstation? No! It’s Fashion Week by Death Grips – wait, what? As is Death Grips’ wont, Fashion Week dropped by surprise1 on 4 January 2015 as a free download on the band’s Third Worlds web…

Arca – Sheep

Alejandro Ghersi jumped the fuck up into the spotlight back in 2014 with Xen, a left-field hip-hop album that was equal parts Flying Lotus and Aphex Twin, and his production work with Bj√∂rk on Vulnicura.1 Sheep is a single-track seventeen-minute EP that premiered as the soundtrack to a Hood By Air fashion show.2 Sheep is…

Boards of Canada – In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country

Downtempo electronic group Boards of Canada’s 2000 EP In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country occupies a cute memory in my mind from my very first month as a DJ. While spinning music for my Friday 2AM-6AM shift, I got a call from a guy at around 4:15AM requesting “Amo Bishop Roden” off the…

JSHIH – Interval

JSHIH is a bedroom electronic musician out of Orlando, FL with an ear for spacey soundscapes and ambient techno. Chopped and screwed vocal samples appear on “2,” “Lost Time,” and “Annie,” recalling the most downtempo Ninja Tune releases; they work rather well, and the chillbeat percussion is head-noddable.1 At its best, Interval has the same…

Marijuana Deathsquads – Oh My Sexy Lord

Marijuana Deathsquads is a damn good band name. The five-piece includes notable Minneapolis hip-hop artist Stefan Alexander (of P.O.S. and Doomtree) and electronic artist Isaac Gale. Oh My Sexy Lord may be broadly classified as electronic rock, but with an emphasis on grime and glitch aesthetics. Processed keyboard interludes take the place of what would…

Crystal Castles – (III)

Canadian duo trades their synthpunk/chiptune sound for electro-synthpop on their last album with vocalist Alice Glass. Advertised as a collection of protest songs that challenge corruption and lament the duo’s “los[t] faith in humanity,”1 Crystal Castles also lost their aggression and gained an eerie darkwave quality with dystopic imagery, as seen by the album cover…