Derivative dance with influences that perfectly match your vinyl collection? Yes. Terrifically good? Also yes.
A compilation sampler of smooth, organic, and jazzy electronica.
Electronic: Best of: Get the Message
Except for a handful of singles compiled here, Electronic never managed to live up its expectations, falling short of capturing the essence that made the success of these previous incarnations.
Erasure: Other People's Songs
Oh Erasure, where did our love go? The 80's synth band is back with some interesting, some odd and some kitschy remakes.
Esoterica: In Obscura
It's dark, it's tense, something big is on the verge of being uncovered.
Euro Lounge: Euro Lounge
Putomayo has consistently offered diverse music based on quality and its success lies in a formula that works off the strengths of various recordings that create a unique mood. The latest compilation, Euro Lounge, takes on what the world has to offer.
Felix Da Housecat: Kittenz & Thee Glitz
Don't be misled by appearances. Under his "disco pimp" look from a blaxploitation film, the Chicago DJ offers an orgy of electro, house and good spirits.
Femme Fatales: Femme Fatales
A collection of songs by 12 renowned feminine figures of the dance scene.
French Girls: French Girls
Naming a CD French Girls means you want to bring certain things to mind about these creatures, whether they are based on reality or not. Sophisticated, a little distant, maybe cold, but always charming, here are the French electro girls.
French Sounds: French Sounds
A distant cousin of the charming French Girls, French Sounds proposes a new collection of artists who represent the vitality and eclecticism of the French electronic scene.
This Australian Dj and producer duo, is one of Wax Trax's most efficient techno acts. Never too easy, never too experimental, their music always finds a way to drive you with haunting melodies emerging from the electronic wall of sound.
Beyond merely providing banal extended dance remakes, Fussible's first solo release following Nortec Collective, is much more hypnotic and innovative, recycling traditional sounds of brass and accordion along with experimental techno beats and some jazz and house tossed in for good measure.
Future Bible Heroes: Eternal Youth
You have to admire Future Bible Heroes' sheer unabashedness. There's no
shame in their love of the synthesizer. There's no wink-wink-nudge-nudge
admission that their lyrics often fly off the kitsch scale into embarrassment.
Future Retro: Future Retro Future Retro is for those who, just like me, grew up in the 80's and then turned to electronic music.
Gigi: Gold & Wax
An Ethiopian singer goes back to her roots with Gold & Wax.
Global Soul: Global Soul
Putomayo has consistently offered diverse music based on quality and its success lies in a formula that works off the strengths of various recordings that create a unique mood. The latest compilation, Global Soul, takes on what the world has to offer.
Goldfrapp: Black Cherry
Like cotton candy, this bit of electronic fluff is sweet to the taste but not very nourishing.
Gotan Project: La Revancha del Tango
First released as an import in 2000 and now given a domestic treatment with an extra CD, Gotan Project's La Revancha del Tango still sounds fresher than anything released this year.
Groove Coverage: Greatest Hits
I've never been into mainstream dance and Ibiza-like anthems, which is where Groove Coverage stands.
It's been three years since GusGus' last release of new material and two-thirds of the original group have gone missingunfortunately, the fun and originality of their pop-infused electronica has disappeared as well.
A pretty decent dance album, filled with catchy melodies without using the kind of Ibiza sounds that usually give me rashes.
Jimmy James: Jamestown
Jimmy James' Jonestown is the type of music that I assume must be a fave in West-Hollywood clubs, lead by flamboyant dancefloor hit "Fashionista".
Junkie XL: Today
While he doesn't have the stature of the likes of Paul Oakenfold, Junkie XL has produced some honest cuts and remixes in the past.
Stéphane Pompougnac : Hotel Costes 5
On the fifth installment of his Costes series, Stephane Pompougnac experiments with flexibility in dub and ambient influences to its already established great lounge-jazz vibe.
Koop: Waltz for Koop: Alternative Takes Waltz for Koop: Alternative Takes is a remix of Waltz for Koop, one of the most interesting releases on the electronic jazz scene in 2002.
La Leche: La Leche
Electronic music and all its forms parade around on La Leche, a compilation of Sonic360's best and brightest from around the globe: Mexico, Berlin, Tokyo, Buenos Aires and the U.K.
Ladytron: Light & Magic
Continuing on the musical timespace trajectory that made 604 successful, Ladytron returns with a sophisticated electro album where breezy melodies skillfully contrast with colder synthetic textures.
With its mixture of robotic electronic sounds and science fiction kitsch, Ladytron offers an irrevocably singular album.
Lexicon: The Rapstars E.P.
A staple of the LA underground hip-hop scene, Lexicon reinvents itself with The Rapstars, an EP with a strong rock sensibility.
Lo Fidelity Allstars: Don't Be Afraid Of Love
This long-awaited follow-up to Lo-Fidelity Allstars' splashy debut trades in the big beats and annoyingly artsy interludes of How to Operate With a Blown Mind for suave soul and funk-on-speed.
Lo Fidelity Allstars: How To Operate With A Blown Mind
Encroaches upon Tricky et Portishead's trip-hop, but instead of delivering an auto-depressive boredom, they spread a sonic panic.
The most interesting thing about Lopside's electronic foray here in 37 is the accessibility and humanity of the arrangements and sounds, which according to a press release were inspired by noise from Lopside's Dean Hinds' pager.
The Lords Of Acid: Expand Your Head.com
Provocative, Hardcore and furious, The Lords Of Acid are the Marquis de Sade of techno. Their new LP is a collection of remixes of the finer moments of their repertory.