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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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Dorian Concept, Joined Ends

2014 | Label: Ninja Tune

Austria’s Dorian Concept, aka Oliver Thomas Johnson, first caught attention via YouTube clips that depicted him manipulating synth textures in real time on a Micro Korg (he received more than a million views). His nimble knob-tweaking was fun to watch, but even more fun were the sounds it produced: Johnson’s music was squirrely, vivid and rich, shining hip-hop and techno through a fisheye lens with cracks in it. His beats juggled his improvised synths like a hacky sack, and part of the thrill was seeing how… more »

The 2 Bears, The Night Is Young

2014 | Label: Southern Fried Records / Believe Digital

The most dancefloor-friendly of Hot Chip‘s many side projects, the 2 Bears — producer Joe Goddard and his pal Raphael Rundell — helped revive early-’90s house music with their lighthearted 2012 debut Be Strong. Now that Disclosure and kindred acts like Katy B and Kiesza have spread their contemporary spin on vintage club beats all over the U.K. pop charts, the London duo return with more serious refinements.

Unlike its predecessor, The Night Is Young doesn’t feel like something Goddard cobbled together on nights off… more »

Hieroglyphic Being and the Configurative or Modular Me Trio, The Seer Of Cosmic Visions

2014 | Label: Planet Mu / Redeye

From his recording name down to many of his track titles, Jamal Moss owes more than a little to Sun Ra, the original afrofuturist. Ra would often re-edit and repackage tracks for micro releases on his Saturn label, and Hieroglyphic Being is marking the jump from his own Mathematics label to the higher-profile Planet Mu with nine space-themed, yet intensely visceral, remastered tracks from his own extensive vinyl and CD-R catalog. Moss has assembled — and reassembled — some of his gnarlier, rougher and more ambitiously… 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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