Stepping out from her futuristic soul duo with Sene, Denitia’s electro-pop *Ceilings* is her most fully formed solo effort so far.
Using voice and synthesizer, the Shanghai-born, Berlin-based artist channels operatic tropes and controlled explosions of noise into visceral and cathartic forms.
The Chicago rapper’s first milestone is a careful step in his legacy-building business. It’s an obvious turn inward, but Vic also digs his heels into his political ground.
With the crackling sounds of “lo-fi house” achieving autoplay ubiquity in the dance music corners of YouTube, one of the micro-genre’s progenitors runs up against the style’s limits.
In 1998, David Berman approached perfection. Absorbed in metaphor, ennui, and isolation, the loping music of American Water didn’t seem like it was trying to be art. It just was.
The Los Angeles-based singer and violinist blends avant-garde experimentalism with the swagger-drenched posturing of club rap, ’90s R&B grooves, and biting introspection.
This avant-garde trio use piano, samples, and carefully skewered tapes to conjure an evocative sense of place. They drift to exquisite effect.
A fundamental EP from the Detroit techno titan gets reissued 18 years after its release; aimed squarely at the dancefloor, its three cuts are by turns gooey, steely, and strange.
Mark E. Smith’s meaty, swollen approach to garage rock may bristle fans of his early work, but the album’s little touches and turns makes this more than an average release for a legacy band.
Jeremy Greenspan and Ryan Smith’s hardware experiment EP is fundamentally a dance album, but the intelligent tracks skew more subtle and heady than their solo work.