I'm ostensibly here to talk to you about Aphex Twin's new album, Syro, but first I need to admit to some Pavlovian conditioning. Over the years I've grown unreasonably excitable by the first few bars of "Xtal," the first track on his debut album, Selected Ambient Works 85-92. This has very little to ... More >>
There's only a few albums in the world that transcend any scene or genre, and build a following in their own, distinct shadows. It's powerful, and it's mostly good, but sometimes the greatest albums of all time can turn good, solid people into an absolutely insufferable demographic. You know what I' ... More >>
After listening closely to Dysnomia, the new album by Dawn of Midi, it becomes clear why the title was not directly inspired by the Ancient Greek meaning of the word: "lawlessness." The music is precisely ordered; it is ecstatic, but not anarchic. It is also unlike the condition of dysnomia--the ina ... More >>
Each of these 10 shows shine bright ... like a diamond ... in the sky.
Dig for vinyl at Smorgasburg
Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>
Over a rapidly accumulating pile of releases, the New York trio OPPONENTS has laid claim to a sound that can be endlessly distended and expanded upon: An arresting panorama of synth boil-overs, grit-coated slow-roll electronic growls, arctic slurries, and the sweet, sour burn of Aaron Feinstein's so ... More >>
Given Kanye West's total ubiquity these past few weeks/months/years, it's jarring to realize that his profoundly unraveled My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is not even officially out yet. And yet the Internet dissection is well under way -- just as Girl Talk's All Day (which we can't exactly ... More >>
With love from England to you
Celebrating 20 years of weird radicalism with a label that didn't quit
More dystopian ecstasy from a (slightly) more joyful band
The uneasy return of ambient music
Trent makes a middling ambient record. So can you, incidentally.
Fuck being hard—this is complicated
Lupe Fiasco shows off and nerds out on his ridiculously ambitious follow-up
Trent Reznor embraces populism, and another great NIN remix album is born
Aphex Twin, the Mozart (or Beethoven) of electronic music, re-emerges. Maybe.
How to program your baby's musical tastes and pretend to not be trying
In a lonely place: Love and loss in hypnotic bike-cop movie
Real Scot brotherhood eschews the occult for plain view
Breaking down technology or embracing it?
Not Spyro Gyra, just a hip-hop band throwing a world party
Dubble Indemnity for a Pair of Artfucks Unlocking Dancehall's Door
Baltimore Breakbeat House Trax Are the New Everything
The Rapture Is Coming
Rephlex Records Knocks Techno Off Its High Horse