FKA Twigs – “Video Girl”

FKA Twigs drops some black & white visuals for the track “Video Girl,” which is one of many cuts off her stellar debut album LP1. Kudos to Kahlil Joseph on directing this thing, because it’s as gorgeous as it is unsettling. We’re essentially given images of what looks like an execution about to take place, and Twigs’ absolutely strange dance moves bring a certain surrealism to the situation. Am I to guess she is the victim of this death row inmate, and this is her ghost observing his final moments? Maybe! I think I just impressed myself for a second there. Rather than risk sounding like a completely conceded moron, I’ll stop here.

alt-j – This Is All Yours

UK-based art pop outfit alt-J releases an even more obtuse followup to their popular debut album.

Caribou – Our Love

Caribou’s latest record is a bit of a concept album about the ups and downs of love.

Flying Lotus – You’re Dead

With an ambitious list of collaborators–HERBIE HANCOCK, YAY–Flying Lotus drops one of his most lively and straightforward albums yet.

SBTRKT – Wonder Where We Land

For his sophomore album, electronic music producer SBTRKT brings on more guests, more experiments, but somehow ends up with a less enjoyable album.

Thom Yorke – Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes

Thom Yorke’s latest solo endeavor has an interesting aesthetic, but the appeal of these tracks doesn’t extend too far beyond that.

WEVAL – “Gimme Some”

Netherlands electronic music duo WEVAL have a new EP on the way via Kompakt titled EASIER. “Gimmie Some” is one of the few cuts from it, and I’m loving the vibe here. The atmosphere surrounding the track is quite haunting, and the beat has a hypnotic, easygoing quality to it that you might find in most microhouse songs. The moaning vocal samples add to this quality as well. However, the strange skipping, guitar-like samples that play throughout much of the track have a sharp, ear-grabbing quality to them. These sounds bring an ear-tingling CRUNCH that makes it hard to just toss this track into the back of the mind. It’s a subtle showstopper, I’d like to think.

Tiger Village – “Cascades”

With some synths that sound like they’re on their dying breaths and some absolutely batshit rhythms, this new track from Tiger Village has me looking forward to this project’s forthcoming tape via Hausu Mountain. The release date: October 21st. The title of this thing: V.

If you didn’t already know, Tiger Village is spearheaded by producer, multi-instrumentalist, and lone wolf Tim Thornton, and I’ve got to know what else this dude’s capable off after hearing this track. I love his use of distortion and a generally lo-fi aesthetic, but he manages to pack it with so much detail in this single track. And I’m not just talking about sonic detail, but compositional, too.

“Cascades” literally does what its title states as one strange musical passage psychedelically folds into another. The song’s quirky, glitch-heavy beginnings are a surprising contrast from some of the epic and tense synth sequences that occur in the middle of this track. The ending is quite cacophonous, but still quite different when eating up the minor details beyond the flurry of synths and percussion. A dizzying track, for sure!

Thrupence – “Silk”

A new track from Thrupence that truly lives up to its name: “Silk.” This cut comes from a forthcoming mixtape that’ll be dropping this November. You can stream another track from this forthcoming project as well via Bandcamp.

If you like your electronic music smooth and string-kissed, then hop on this. Nujabes and Portico Quintet fans should be on alert right now, too!

YACHT – “Works Like Magic”

This November on Downtown Records, look for a new EP from synth pop duo YACHT. The title of this forthcoming project: Where Does This Disco?

While I’ve never loved a YACHT album in the past, Jona Bechtolt and the more recently added Claire L. Evans usually come through with at least one single that really grabs my attention. “Works Like Magic” is that single this time around.

From the bassline to the gurgling synth leads, this song is sharp, sweet, and irresistibly danceable. While I’m not expecting this EP to floor me, there’s nothing like a good single to pique interest.