Beat Funktion: Mandy’s Secret

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Coming out with their fourth album amid huge popularity, this swedish jazz band shows no signs of stopping. They are known for their groove and funk heavy style combined with several elements of 60’s and 70’s horn jazz. With this album they delve even more heavily in to the groove/disco sound of the 70’s while drawing primarily from acid jazz sounds produced by Issac Hayes and Herbie Hancock. “I Am the Summer” is a great example of their fascination with idyllic 70’s pop music which they intersperse with improve sax. “Budo” is much more reminiscent of Herbie Hancock’s use of synthesized trumpet, electric guitar which overlay a fast-beat funk track. “Thunderlips” reminds me of a cop-drama…

Caribou: Our Love

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This is an ambitious, confident, and beautiful album from one of the best producers on the scene.  Dan Snaith settled into the electronic and dance music scene with his previous two albums, Swim and Andorra.  Before that, Snaith spent time exploring almost every genre thinkable.  Our Love is the result of a synthesis of his entire career, combining elements of orchestral, instrumental, and dance music into a sweeping, mature, and incredibly well produced inspection of love and relationships.  This is an extremely personal album, introspective, intimate, intriguing, and joyful.  Our Love encompasses the incredible highs and the devastating lows of the entanglement of two lives authentically and entirely. The constantly changing and evolving nature of…

Flying Lotus: You’re Dead

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There’s a reason I’m always excited about Flying Lotus releases.  There’s always a new element of fusion and integration that just gets my musical mind so excited.  You’re Dead, the fifth full length LP from FlyLo, crosses so many musical genres in its exploration of the inevitability of death while still maintaining flow.  Steven Ellison has created something with this album that is both frighteningly aware of the nature of life and death and simultaneously incredibly insightful and shimmering with life. Listening to You’re Dead is like sitting alone in an empty, circular room while images of death appear and swirl around you, smashing into the other images and combining into a mural of morbid…

Katie Kate: Nation

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Katie Kate can literally do it all. Her self-produced sophomore album has so many different styles that it will have you wondering if you are still listening to the same artist or if your iTunes accidentally shuffled to something else. The Seattle rapper/singer/producer’s top three influences are Weezer, Elliott Smith, and Atmosphere. She tells listeners that they helped her learn to structure music, write lyrics, and rap her feelings. In the first song of the album “The Visions” she spits out lyrics to fast moving synth chords, but in “Rushmore” she raps “I am a mountain face, with a tree line / You want to cross me, I got tall pines,” and follows it by singing…

Devin Sinha: The Seventh Season

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Lawrence local makes waves in Seattle.

Dune Rats: Smile

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This sunny album is pure fun.

The Drums: Encyclopedia

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Play during those chilly, rainy, autumn days.

Interpol: Elpintor

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Elpintor is not much different from previous albums.

The Growlers: Chinese Fountain

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Something you wouldn’t expect from a guys who wear beer cans on their feet when they perform live.

Scruffy & The Janitors: Anglo

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Anglo is a short, sweet, and in your face EP from Scruffy & The Janitors, a garage rock trio from  up the road in St. Joesph, MO. They’ve been getting some attention from radio stations around the area and for good reason .They’re a pretty good blues rock band just getting their feet wet (this is their first EP not recorded in a living room). Overall it’s a pretty standard hard rock EP. They don’t try to reinvent the wheel with any other their songs but they don’t really need to. Each song is less than 4 minutes and all but one of them is longer than 3 minutes. The lead singer of the band was…