The XLR8R Office Top Ten Album Picks, March 12
Various Body Language Vol. 4: DJ Dixon Get Physical
As a follow-up to Jesse Rose's last installment for the Body Language series, Volume 4 finds DJ Dixon exploring the mellower side of house with moody tracks from Chromatics, Thom Yorke, and Tracey Thorn. The end result is a poppy, synth-heavy groove collection that shows Get Physical still at the top of its game.
My Life With the Thrill Kill Cult The Filthiest Show in Town Ryko
If one band has changed its musical identity over the years, it's the Thrill Kill Cult. From its transformation from industrial-goth mainstays to proto-pop weirdos, the band finds itself reformed as a funky disco troupe on The Filthiest Show in Town. Whilenot for everyone, the Thrill Kill Cult is all creative ambition, all the time.
Loden Valeen Hope Mush
Mush has just unleashed a one-man production machine. Drawing inspiration from the Brussels and Amsterdam scenes, Loden showcases an affinity for My Bloody Valentine and Air with a dynamic melding of feedback, lush pads, and mid-tempo percussion. Keep your eyes on this dude.
Ben Mono Hit the Bit Compost
Munich's Ben Mono has fine-tuned his dark electro anthems to a T. Featuring a different guest artist on each track, Hit the Bit is as much hip-hop as it is house. There's no contesting Mono's position as a production monolith.
Rich Boy S/T Interscope
Mobile, Alabama is officially on the map. Rich Boy is the backwoods MC responsible for the already classic ode to the almighty Cadillac "Throw Some D's," and a plethora of hits on his debut full-length. This is seriously gangsta shit.
Various Junior Boys: Dead Horse EP Domino
The Dead Horse EP is one unique remix collection. With reinterpretations from Hot Chip, Kode 9, Marsen Jules, Carl Craig, and Ten Snake, you know that this is gonna be diverse. Whether or not you're a Junior Boys die hard, there is something for everyone in this little treat from Domino.
Richie Spice In the Streets to Africa VP
In the Streets to Africa is a solid collection of uplifting reggae tunes. Richie Spice's first endeavor since 2004's breakthrough single "Earth A Run Red," the new album is a crisply produced homage to the motherland.
Destructo Swarmbots Clear Light Public Guilt
Noise comes in all textures and tones, but there's something truly unique about Destructo Swarmbots' experimentation. Somewhere between the creaking ambiance of Larsen and the incessantly clipping Xela, Destructor Swarmbots will ruin your life.
Mice Parade S/T Fat Cat
Mice Parade founder Adam Pierce must have had a vision in his sleep. After moving from NYC to a wooded country near Bear Mountain, Pierce crafted this pastoral album of massive proportions. This self-titled collection of hymns, based around minimal guitar arrangements, soft vocal howling, and lo-fi drums, has us pumped for more.
Copy Hair Guitar Audio Dregs
Like tripsters Delia Gonzalez and Gavin Russom teaming up with Timbaland, Copy creates soundscapes that could find a home at a new-age gathering as well as the club. It's 8-bit, dance-worthy, and highly recommended.
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