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July 31, 2011

Album Review:
Austra - Feel It Break

The highlights are as follows: Austra is Canadian, one part Gary Numan, one part Siouxsie and the Banshees and three parts future.    In building this dark pop opera, Austra introduce the album with the theatrical Darken Her Horse that finally climaxes at the 3 minute mark, then moves in for the dramatic second single Lose It, then the Goldfrappian fourth track is The Beat and the Pulse, and Hate Crime is a perfect choice for the crucial track 7 position.    They even have a sexy and odd video for The Beat and the Pulse that is not available on Youtube, but I've included the link below.    These young folks know what they're doing with the rest of the album, as well.

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Austra - The Beat and the Pulse

AUSTRA "Beat and the Pulse" by domino

Austra - Darken Her Horse


Austra - Lose It


Austra - Hate Crime




01 Darken Her Horse - Austra - (Album: Feel It Break)
02 Lose It - Austra - (Album: Feel It Break)
03 The Future - Austra - (Album: Feel It Break)
04 Beat and the Pulse - Austra - (Album: Feel It Break)
05 Spellwork - Austra - (Album: Feel It Break)
06 The Choke - Austra - (Album: Feel It Break)
07 Hate Crime - Austra - (Album: Feel It Break)
08 The Villain - Austra - (Album: Feel It Break)
09 Shoot the Water - Austra - (Album: Feel It Break)
10 The Noise - Austra - (Album: Feel It Break)
11 The Beast - Austra - (Album: Feel It Break)

July 29, 2011

Album Review:
Mux Mool - Drum EP 2

With the quasi-metal album cover on Mux Mool's latest release Drum EP 2, you might expect an attack of overheated guitars, a battalion of drums, and a growling, embittered vocalist.    You will instead hear angular hip-hop beats like that of Jel shaken with a characteristically digital recipe and sampled formulas hearkening to the lost genius of early adopter Aphex Twin, the icy funk of Forss, and hints of classic Stevie Wonder.    You may even find yourself haunted by the hypnotic refrain, "Eh-tunk-ah-punk-ah-too, eh-tunk-ah-punk-ah too. Eh-tunk-ah-punk-ah-too, eh-tunk-ah-punk-ah too," from the track Flying Dreams and notice Mux Mool's exceptional ability at blending foreign musical elements.

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Mux Mool | Jen And Soda by The Mint Collective

FREE Download of Mux Mool - Half Moon Ganja (from Drum EP 2)
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Half Moon Ganja by muxmool

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Mux Mool-Death 9000 by DanB5298

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Eliot Lipp The Outside (Mux Mool Remix) by eliotlipp

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Night Court by muxmool

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Snap - Rhythm is a Dancer (Mux Mool Remix) by muxmool

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Smokey Robinson - Baby Baby Don't Cry (Mux Mool Remix) by muxmool

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Tycho - From Home (Mux Mool remix) by Surfing on Steam

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Mux Mool-Hog Knuckles(Alex B remix) by John Grimley

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B. Dolan - Hunter (Mux Mool Remix) by Strange Famous Records

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Mux Mool - Stay Calm (Reflex.Ion Remux) [MP3] by Reflex.Ion

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Music Sounds Better With You (Mux Mool Remix) by muxmool

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Fading - BaD MF (Mux Mool REMIX) by muxmool

Mux Mool - Drum EP 2 by Moodgadget
Mux Mool - Flying Dreams


Mux Mool presents Drum EP 2 - Ghostly International

Mux Mool - Lazy Soul


Soundcloud===Mux Mool presents Drum EP 2 - Ghostly International

Mux Mool - Jen and Soda







01 Flying Dreams - Mux Mool - (Album: Drum EP 2)
02 Hypercolor ADD - Mux Mool - (Album: Drum EP 2)
03 Heart Attacker - Mux Mool - (Album: Drum EP 2)
04 The Hundred Dollar Beat - Mux Mool - (Album: Drum EP 2)
05 Jen And Soda - Mux Mool - (Album: Drum EP 2)
06 Lazy Soul - Mux Mool - (Album: Drum EP 2)

July 27, 2011

Album Review:
Gang Gang Dance - Eye Contact

If you are embarking on a career in modern dance or rehearsing a juggling act that you plan to present before the hiring team at Cirque du Soleil, Gang Gang Dance's newest LP Eye Contact might be your soundtrack.    Drum machine and latin funk percussion laden upon dramatic Animotion synthesizer backdrops while the band reaches for early Art of Noise, which makes for a chaotic and accidentally hilarious listen.    There have been a few chuckles from the music of 2011 such as Rainbow Arabia's Boys and Diamonds, Sixx A.M's This is Gonna Hurt, and Liquid Stranger's Mechanoid Meltown, but you'd expect more from this competent group of musicians than an album you'd find in the Cirque du Soleil gift shop.

Gang Gang Dance - Chinese High



Gang Gang Dance - Mindkilla

July 20, 2011

Album Review:
Junior Boys - It's All True

I had no idea what to expect on the newest Junior Boys' album It's All True, as their previous work had unconditionally eluded me.    Vocals matching a less earnest George Michael and furnished musically with the future-funk know-how and psychedelia of Toro Y Moi and The Glimmers.    And a sprinkle of rave.    One important track that affirms that Junior Boys have been able to 'dig a little deeper' is on "Second Chance."    The song journeys through the aural equivalent of eating mushrooms, wondering why it was taking more than forty-five minutes to kick-in, and quite suddenly you begin to sense that the carpet may be creeping up your left leg.

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Strictly Vinyl VOL1 by junior_boys

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Stars - Sleep Tonight (Junior Boys Remix) by littlegreengem

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Junior Boys - Banana Ripple (Stay+ Remix) by abeano

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Junior Boys - Itchy Fingers (Galvin Paris Remix) by galvinparis

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Junior Boys - A Truly Happy Ending (Keljet Remix) by keljet

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Junior Boys - ep by ObscureSound

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junior boys-hazel (ewan pearsons house mix) by baceanu

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Zwicker - Who You Are (Junior Boys Remix) by ABC/CBA

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Mansions On The Moon - Paradise Falls - Lights Off featuring Junior Boys by Hypetrak

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I Love Her So Bad(Fuquio Remix) - Junior Boys by Fuquio

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Junior Boys - Sneak a Picture (Un Mono Azul horny macumbiada) by UN MONO AZUL

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Junior Boys- Bits & Pieces SPACEinc Remix by Funky Brown

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Junior Boys-Double Shadow(GhouliezRemix) by GHOULIEZ

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Junior Boys-Work (Prins Thomas Remix) by pippo-1

Junior Boys - Second Chance


Toro Y Moi - New Beat


The Glimmers - Who You Gonna Call





Junior Boys - It's All True Tracklist

01 “Itchy Fingers” - Junior Boys - (Album: It's All True)
02 “Playtime” - Junior Boys - (Album: It's All True)
03 “You’ll Improve Me” - Junior Boys - (Album: It's All True)
04 “A Truly Happy Ending” - Junior Boys - (Album: It's All True)
05 “The Reservoir” - Junior Boys - (Album: It's All True)
06 “Second Chance” - Junior Boys - (Album: It's All True)
07 Kick The Can” - Junior Boys - (Album: It's All True)
08 “ep” - Junior Boys - (Album: It's All True)
09 “Banana Ripple” - Junior Boys - (Album: It's All True)

July 6, 2011

Album Review:
The Joy Formidable - The Big Roar

On The Joy Formidable's newest album The Big Roar, we find the North Wales band perfecting the swirling guitar sounds of Curve, Failure, and Catherine Wheel from 20 years earlier.    The album's title is appropriate, as the tracks burst from what sounds like a compromised cage on the opening The Everchanging Spectrum of a Lie.    The mix is piled high with multiple layers of guitar, vocals and copious effects to keep The Big Roar interesting, pausing only briefly later in the album on Maruyama and Llaw = Wall before sinking its claws deeper into you on the departing songs Chapter 2 and The Greatest Light is the Greatest Shade.    All in all, a pleasant surprise that this formula is still fizzy after all these years.

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Whirring - The Joy Formidable by MusicManners

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The Joy Formidable - Whirring (Innerpartysystem Remix) by Andre3000

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The Joy Formidable - Whirring (BRAHMS Remix) by chrishanaka

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The Joy Formidable - Austere (Echoes Remix) by Echoes Music

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The Joy Formidable - Austere (MSVFKUP Remix) by fadedglamourblog

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Manchester Orchestra - April Fool (The Joy Formidable Remix) by fromgotowhoa.com

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The Runner - The Boxer Rebellion (The Joy Formidable remix) by PRS Free Music Fridays

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The Joy Formidable - I Don't Want To See You Like This (Creatures Of Love Remix) by CreaturesOfLoveremixes

The Joy Formidable - Whirring


The Joy Formidable - The Everchanging Spectrum of a Lie


The Joy Formidable - Heavy Abacus





The Joy Formidable - The Big Roar Tracklist

01. The Everchanging Spectrum Of A Lie - The Joy Formidable - (Album: The Big Roar)
02. The Magnifying Glass - The Joy Formidable - (Album: The Big Roar)
03. I Don’t Want To See You Like This - The Joy Formidable - (Album: The Big Roar)
04. Austere - The Joy Formidable - (Album: The Big Roar)
05. A Heavy Abacus - The Joy Formidable - (Album: The Big Roar)
06. Whirring - The Joy Formidable - (Album: The Big Roar)
07. Buoy - The Joy Formidable - (Album: The Big Roar)
08. Maruyama - The Joy Formidable - (Album: The Big Roar)
09. Cradle - The Joy Formidable - (Album: The Big Roar)
10. Llaw = Wall - The Joy Formidable - (Album: The Big Roar)
11. Chapter 2 - The Joy Formidable - (Album: The Big Roar)
12. The Greatest Light Is The Greatest Shade - The Joy Formidable - (Album: The Big Roar)