Girl Talk & Freeway – Broken Ankles

While I wish Broken Ankles was longer, in five tracks, Girl Talk and Freeway create more compelling material than some of the more buzzed-about mixtapes that have dropped thus far this year.

Todd Terje – It’s Album Time

While scatterbrained and underwhelming at times, Todd’s debut record here has some top-notch dance jams on it with a vintage flair.

Sisyphus – Self-Titled

This debut full-length from Sisyphus is far from perfect, but it’s still an incredibly bold and fun display of pop absurdity and genre-blending.

Machine Girl – WLFGRL

I don’t know who Machine Girl is, and I think that’s the case for most people since this s/he is a relative unknown in electronic music right now. I can’t say the new album I’m linking you to right now is going to change that–I mean, there isn’t much in the way of a chart-topping single here–but for those patient enough to listen deeply into a well-assembled set of tracks, WLFGRL has a lot going for it.

Nearly every song on this thing is a jittery, challenging display of bombastic rhythms and off-kilter grooves. I haven’t heard beats this nutty since that crazy Japanese footwork comp I mentioned a while back.

Machine Girl really pulls from a wide array of genres, including juke, footwork, house, trap, future garage, wonky, and jungle. They’re all fed through a somewhat aggressive, busy, and distorted lens, which brings all of these cuts together pretty nicely. Enjoy! Oh, also, thanks to Dred Collective for helping to get this album out there!

Eno • Hyde – “Daddy’s Car”

As mentioned previously, Brian Eno and Underworld co-founder Karl Hyde are coming forth with a collaborative full-length called Someday World. Despite having basic elements, the lead single “The Satellites” was a nice, mildly moody treat – it was great hearing these two electronic music veterans working together and just delivering a well-written tune.

“Daddy’s Car” has a lot of the same elements, including the bright horns that helped make “The Satellites” so captivating, but overall this new single is bolder with its instrumentation. Not in the sense that Eno and Hyde are doing something incredibly ambitious or adventurous – the components here are still pretty basic – but the song does sound grand nonetheless. Its arrangement is certainly more upbeat and zestier than the earlier glimpse we got of the project, and it’s decidedly heavier on vocals. These two tracks forecast an album that’s going to be dynamic, have stellar production, and simply be a great ride. So we’re properly excited for this thing to drop via Warp on May 5!

Here’s our review of Eno’s latest.

Millie & Andrea – Drop The Vowels

Millie & Andrea is the on-off collaborative project of electronic music producers Miles Whitaker and Andy Stott. They’re finally doing this side-project of theirs big with a new full-length album, which you can stream via the widget above.

It’s a set of eight tracks that are glitchy, textured, and rhythmic explorations of sound. Look out for some jungle-style breakbeats, spacey synth sequences, and hypnotic grooves. Enjoy!

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ZelooperZ – “Can’t Hang”

The previously mentioned Bruiser Brigade MC Zelooperz strikes again with a new track titled “Can’t Hang.” The dude continues to bring an over-the-top delivery, eccentric lyrics, and an animalistic flow that even Zelooperz himself seems like he’s hardly got a hold of. Oh, let’s not forget to mention the B-A-N-G-E-R beat on this thing. Damn!

From what I understand, this dude’s got a tape on the way titled HELP, and I can’t wait for it right now. My brain is about to explode from the suspense.

Silver Mt. Zion – “Birds Toss Precious Flowers”

Having dropped the art rock wonder Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything earlier this year, Thee Silver Mt. Zion is readying a new “remix” EP that will be released just later this month. It is called Hang on to Each Other and features two lengthy revamps of the song of the same name from the collective’s 2005 effort Horses in the Sky.

Now, I’m wondering if fellow post-rock act Mogwai stole the name Rave Tapes from them, as judging from the EP’s B-side, “Birds Toss Precious Flowers,” that would be a fitting name for this project. This song is a headlong foray into electronic dance music…and the guys and gals at Thee Silver Mt. Zion actually pull it off. While it doesn’t remotely resemble the mostly acapella track it purports to have used as a “launching point,” the track is a true-blue house odyssey that remains captivating for its full 12 minutes. I can’t say I was expecting this from the band, but hell, I think now I’d like to them go totally electronic for a release in the future.

From the band: “It’s like that famous quote that Emma Goldman never said = “DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION”!”

Hang on to Each Other is due out April 29 via Constellation. A gentle reminder the band’s latest full-length is amazing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_UR-FF5h2I

Liars – “Mess on a Mission”

“Facts Are Fiction”

In the first music video in support of Mess, Liars reduce, deconstruct, and distort reality via a repetitious, cycled sequence of the trio, placed in the midst of an anarchic situation, slowly retreating backwards up a set of steps. With the end of each cycle comes some form of camera trickery, whether it be a different viewing angle, different computer-generated surroundings and props, or the blurring together of previously-seen elements in a sort of glitchy artifact soup. It’s a genius concept that perfectly matches the amped-up aesthetic of the album. It doesn’t do much good trying to explain it, though; so go on and press the play button right up there – and be prepared for the ensuing perceptual overload.

“What A Mess”

Mess is out now, and in case you haven’t heard, or forgot, it’s awesome:

Skrillex – Recess

Famed dubstep producer Skrillex finally drops a full-length record.