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Craig Leon: Punk’s Forgotten Crusader

By Andy Beta, Contributor

Raised in the swamplands of Fort Meyers, Florida, Craig Leon got his start in the shadow of the famous Miami recording studio Criteria — his little studio handled the overflow. When record companies noted his handiwork in the early '70s, Leon relocated to New York City, where he began to work with the newly formed Sire Records, which primarily imported hit European acts like Chilliwack and Climax Blues Band. Invigorated by the downtown New York… more »

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The Case for the Mini Album

By Keidra Chaney, Contributor

A few weeks ago, electro-pop superstars Robyn and Röyksopp released their highly-anticipated collaboration Do it Again. Written and recorded shortly after Robyn's Body Talk and Röyksopp's Junior, Do It Again packs heartbreak, joy, longing and sex into just 35 minutes. Opening with the 10-minute anthem "Monument" and closing with the moody instrumental "Inside the Idle Hour Club," it sounds less like a loose one-off and more like the concerted effort of a proper band. Tellingly, the… more »

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Lone: Here Comes Treble

By Maura Johnston, Contributor

The British musician Matt Cutler has been making music as Lone since 2007. He's developed a strong aesthetic, pairing big-tent dance signifiers — synths with a bright, metallic sheen, confident beats — with an intimacy that at times assumes a pre-existing bond with even first-time listeners. On his new album, Reality Testing, Cutler adeptly bridges the gap between the dance floor and the bedroom; it borrows boom-bap beats from hip-hop and boasts melodies that sparkle… more »

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Rustie, Green Language

2014 | Label: Warp Records

Three years after Glass Swords, Rustie’s muscular first album for Warp, the young Glaswegian producer has developed a new set of powers. On its follow-up Green Language, he flashes a new restraint that tempers his bombast to brilliant effect.

Rustie is a singular musician. He’s transcended SoundCloud-god status and outwitted the hype machine by steering clear of consumptive remixes, reinventing musical trends and incorporating analog synths and samples of live instruments into his music. Green Language is a sonic ferment in which Rustie dabbles in a variety of styles — airless… more »

The Bug, Angels & Devils

2014 | Label: Ninja Tune

Many electronic-music producers can make sounds seem monstrous and big, but precious few can do so with subtlety and nuance. Kevin Martin, aka the Bug, has been alchemizing such conflicting properties since the early 1990s, in style-shifting guises that include Techno Animal, God, King Midas Sound and others. As the Bug, he glances toward Jamaican dancehall, reggae and dub, but with a side-long leer that makes the conventions aligned with such sounds appear like blurry figures skulking somewhere in the periphery.

For Angels & Devils, the first new Bug album in… more »

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The Mixtape

By Wondering Sound Staff, Contributor

This Month: Mollusk Jamboree Festival The grandeur of California's Big Sur is legendary -- a breathtaking expanse of verdant green hills, roaring waterfalls and the deep blue beauty of the Pacific Ocean. At the end of this month, Big Sur gets a soundtrack befitting its vistas, when Mollusk Surf Shop and (((folkYEAH))) present the Mollusk Big Sur Jamboree. To help get you ready for this fantastic combination of scenery and sound, we've compiled this radio station… more »

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