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Beat Funktion: Mandy’s Secret

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…

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Caribou: Our Love

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…

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Flying Lotus: You’re Dead

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…

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Katie Kate: Nation

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…

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Devin Sinha: The Seventh Season

Lawrence local makes waves in Seattle.

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Dune Rats: Smile

This sunny album is pure fun.

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The Drums: Encyclopedia

Play during those chilly, rainy, autumn days.

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Interpol: Elpintor

Elpintor is not much different from previous albums.

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The Growlers: Chinese Fountain

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

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Scruffy & The Janitors: Anglo

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…

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Love Inks: Exi

Exi is so simple and sweet, what’s not to love about Love Inks?

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Perfect Fall Album

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Aphex Twin: Syro

Aphex Twin continues to deliver with highly antipated Syro.

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Allah-Las: Worship the Sun

Atmospheric and perfect for sunny days.

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Death From Above 1979: The Physical World

Something punk that you can dance to as well

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The Rentals: Lost In Alphaville

This album feels right at home amongst the synth-heavy dream pop.

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Karen O: Crush Songs

Listening to this album was like having a crush on these Crush Songs.

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FKA Twigs: LP 1

LP1 is sensual, mesmerizingly blissful, and completely unique all at the same time.

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Louis Prima Jr.: Blow

Blow is perfect for those who enjoy the big band sound with a hint of nola swing.

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Tennis: Ritual In Repeat

One can not go wrong either by listening to the album in its entirety or just picking and choosing tracks to jam out to.

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Black Taxi: Electroshock Death Grip

If LCD Soundsystem and Daft Punk had a love child, this would be the result.

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Blonde Redhead: Barragan

It is interesting to see yet another old shoegaze band heading in a new, more electronic direction.

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J. Mascis: Tied to a Star

Tied to a Star focuses on beautiful acoustic guitar passages and folky melodies.

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Banks: Goddess

This isn’t your average album, it’s damn near perfect.

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Elephant Stone: The Three Poisons

Recommended for listeners who like to be gently submersed into psychedelic sounds.

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Ty Segall: Manipulator

Manipulator  is a massive slice of rock n’ roll sound served up on an accessible platter.

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The Orwells–Disgraceland

The energy just seeps out all over the place. No need for clean up.

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The Fresh & Onlys–House of Spirits

Great to listen to when the sun is high and the air is dry.

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tUnE-YArDs — Nikki Nack

 It’s refreshing to hear such a hard-working, complex, and skilled record, regardless of genre.