24/30 album of the week electronic

sylvan esso – no rules sandy

No Rules Sandy’s most experimental moment comes with its closer: it’s a light, swaying acoustic track with strong vocals cloaked in a kind of timidness. The song is beautiful, but written with a stock palette. It is experimental because it is how the project, filled with sharp, quietly innovative arpeggios, chooses to say farewell. With […]

21/30 electronic house idm

pepe. – escapism

‘Escapism’ takes on a more complete sound than 2020’s fantastic ‘Afterimages’, adopting a lo-fi backbone and adding some gentle soul. The road Pepe. goes down here is relatively unassailable, as he breezes through clean hip-hop beats and Tom Misch-esque guitars that, similar to the Englishman, go beyond the pleasant and towards the anodyne. Nonetheless, ‘Escapism’’s […]

23/30 electronic house

axel boman – LUZ

Axel Boman’s ‘LUZ’ is an album with a strong grasp of what it means to be playful in the house genre while retaining a fidelity and accessibility. Everything becomes an experimentation between these walls: energetic, kinetic, and vibrating shapes of sound bounce between them. Boman pushes and compresses these sound-shapes into an enclosed and tight […]