Top 100 Releases of 2016: 50-01

Read Part 1, 100-51, HERE for a good look before heading down this road! All info, premise, and honorable mentions will be there. Now let’s go on with my top picks of this year. Continue reading “Top 100 Releases of 2016: 50-01”

Album Review: Boleros Valses y Mas by Frankie Reyes

(Image courtesy of Stones Throw Records.)

The Californian-based musician, Gabriel Reyes-Whittaker, strips down the sound to a single Oberheim synthesizer on his new project as Frankie Reyes. Minimal and pure of heart, Reyes’s interpolations of classic Latin standards thrives so vividly on this twelve track album wonder.
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Label Watch: Prevue Guide

The anonymous folks over at the Prevue Guide have really recreated the purity of a late night lo-fi and vaporwave label something special to behold. Founded this year, their sound is incredibly diverse. From hypnagogic pop/drift to television and transmission music collage, here are two releases that should make this a label to keep an eye on! Continue reading “Label Watch: Prevue Guide”

Album Review: 3D: Die a Hero by 3D Blast

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Sampled funk and soul may have gone stale after all these years of future funk squeezing out every possible ounce of fun from it, but 3D Blast aims to be smarter and bigger than its peers. The results are one of the funnest and bombastic listens you’ll hear!
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Interview: Short Takes with Renjā

(Image courtesy of Renjā.)

Today I took some time off to finally buckle down a short talk with the amazing Renjā, a beat and electronic artist with an expansive self-released catalog and some huge label releases to match it. From No Problema to Dream Catalogue and BLCR Laboratories, this is an artist to watch out for. Take a gander and have fun reading. Continue reading “Interview: Short Takes with Renjā”

Picks of the Week: 11/24/16

As the holidays approach, let’s take a look at a few chill releases to dampen our holiday stress, and one pick-me-up for the road. Today we’ll be exploring some ambiance, experimental electronic, and the coziest beats you will hear this week.
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Album Discussion: Klaus Nomi – Klaus Nomi

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Nomi’s landing on Earth and on his music career was at New York’s East Village music scene, where his first recorded performance at the New Wave Vaudeville variety show landed. It’s positively one of the most beautiful and heavenly introductions for Klaus Nomi. Most popular in the east coast and France, he did pick up a record deal after extensive touring, which would later become the seminal introduction to Klaus Nomi to a wider audience. Continue reading “Album Discussion: Klaus Nomi – Klaus Nomi”