Holgate EP by QTM (Morgantown, West Virginia) *
From one of our favorite DIY labels comes the Holgate EP- an electronic fantasyland filled completely with cartoon expressions, great moods and kickbacks for anyone willing to dance. QTM takes a stab at moderate experimentation within a tightly wound dance genre and pulls it off beautifully. ’Mi Amor’ introduces a producer obsessed with detail, observant and illustrative in every creative regard, dramatic at the core. [Free Download] @Dingusonmusic
Hotel of Lost Light by Some Ember (California) *
Pulling on dramatic 80′s heartstrings, the latest release from DIY record label, Crash Symbols, is one of their best yet. Carried with a classy backbone, Hotel of Lost Light, appropriately gathers familiar timbres (Bowie, Reznor) and unites them with a unique, personal touch. It’s this personal connection, lasting throughout the eight tracks, that makes this release pinacle in the labels catalog. [Free Download] Dingus
MondreM.A.N. by M A N (February 28, 2012)
Lately, it isn’t the indie rock scene that’s been offering innovation at the fullest potential. In fact, it’s the indie rap scene that’s been stepping up, unafraid to embrace more classic musical dynamics. Until recently, I would argue that rap hardly, if at all, embraced the intellectual audio community, but now, with the advent of the internet and the pervasive “hipster” lifestyle, lyricists are crafting beautifully pointed hip-hop tracks, flowing smoothly, one to another, until the poetic bliss is complete.
‘Mind Games’ by Noah Wall (September 15, 2011)
Unfolding like an industrial bouquet, ‘Mind Games’ gives the most suitable introduction to the full length, Hèloïse. Starting with touches of the darker industrial motif, it isn’t until Noah Wall’s vocal melodies enter that the track is truly defined. The entire album is a gem, but this is a great start. And honestly, it’s things like this that make us really love an artist.
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While writing my review on Imbue Up, I came across the recently released video for ‘Green Light’, the latest release from CS. The video feel like a diluted memory washed through the catchy dream pop song.
Imbue Up by Pressed And (November 4, 2011) (cassette) *
With the crack of a whip, Pressed And leads with ‘Parties’, an atmospheric dub track that slowly builds its hook from early absence. It should also be realized that the actual cassette, purchased from Crash Symbols, is a five-track. Imbue Up isn’t the electronica that’s going to hit you like crack, it’s more that MDMA slow build, ‘Run’ kind of electronica. The kind that when tune is finally resolved, you feel peaked.
‘Green Light’ by Leisure (February 3, 2012)
“You don’t have to look, to see what’s happening” – it’s the moment that line was sung that I knew there was a greater, more perplexing thought behind this charming electro-pop single. Steady the whole way through, ‘Green Light’ has that lovable Coldplay type hook, while holding onto a level of diy grit that could freshen up any genre.
Dope Halloween Fuck by Various Artists (October 29, 2011) *
Dope Halloween Fuck is a seasonal compilation album from Crash Symbols that, quite literally, has too many gems to highlight. Staggering through some moody pacing, and perfect for returning home wasted, the album boasts a consistant cast (no easy task for a curator) and delivers a transformation of atmosphere fit for the occasion.