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Electro - Released May 10, 2019 | Loma Vista Recordings

"Mike Milosh’s eight-song album reflects a sense of ritualistic quiet; it’s intimate without being heavy-handed."
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Electro - Released April 26, 2019 | Virgin - Mercury

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House - Released April 17, 2019 | Spived

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House - Released April 17, 2019 | Spived

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House - Released April 17, 2019 | Spived

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House - Released April 17, 2019 | Spived

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Dance - Released June 6, 2019 | Universal Music AB

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One year after his suicide, here we already have a posthumous album for EDM superstar Avicii, who was putting the finishing touches on it before tragically deciding to end his life near Muscat, Oman on April 20th, 2018. Wrung out from 800 dates in 6 years, alcohol was the only means he could find to manage his incredible global overexposure. While three quarters of the compositions were completed during his lifetime according to his family, it was friend and producer Carl Falk who finalized the album in Stockholm over the last few months. A first single with an evocative title, SOS, had fans salivating over a production with Caribbean touches, and with Aloe Blacc on the microphone: the voice that had launched Avicii's first studio album, True, with the hit Wake Me Up.But Tim is full of potential hits. The album features Dan Reynolds from Imagine Dragons on Heart Upon My Sleeve, Chris Martin from Coldplay on Heaven, as well as a big Swedish contingent, with producer Kristoffer Fogelmark aka Bonn, and beatmaker duo Vincent Pontare and Salem Al Fakir, who all form 12 farewell tracks to the prolific Avicii. All profits generated by the album will go to the Tim Bergling Foundation, created by his family and dedicated to suicide prevention. © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz
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Electro - Released April 26, 2019 | Soundcolours

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House - Released April 17, 2019 | Spived

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House - Released June 11, 2019 | TraceMusic

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Electro - Released April 19, 2019 | Nowadays Records

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Electro - Released June 7, 2019 | Brandt Brauer Frick

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Ten years later, and Brandt Brauer Frick’s dance music venture is still going strong. While the surprise value has passed, and others have successfully taken up the mantle in their wake (Cabaret Contemporain, Magnetic Ensemble...), the German trio, whose originality comes from mixing classical instruments and electronic sounds, continue to find new avenues to explore - and just when we thought they had reached the limits of the exercise with Joy in 2016, which explored what lies between indie rock and post-punk.On Echo, Daniel Brandt, Jan Brauer and Paul Frick go back to the basics: “It's about getting back to what we started off with. When we were starting out, we just had one microphone and a broken piano to make our first album.” Forgotten are the glorious featurings of Miami (2013); the only guest on this record is Catherine Ringer of The Rita Mitsoukis, a favourite of these Francophile Berliners (Encore). The rest of the album shows that the trio is still capable of bold genre-crossings (Reste) and moving melodies (Masse). And then there’s the piano that never steals the spotlight but always stays in your head. © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz
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Chill-out - Released April 26, 2019 | Nomark

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Ambient - Released May 14, 2019 | Prototyp Recording

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Electro - Released May 10, 2019 | Infectious Music

Expanding their scope on sophomore effort Any Random Kindness, U.K. electronic outfit Hælos took their early trip-hop revival sound and thawed the chill to reveal a lively, effervescent heart beating within. Hints of Moby's early-era house beats and the xx's atmospheric gloom remain, incorporating the spirits of Massive Attack and a little Underworld in the process (especially on "Boy/Girl"). Unlike introverted debut Full Circle, however, much of Any Random Kindness feels reinvigorated, urgent, and bursting with brightness, held together by the group's effortlessly cool veneers. Vocalists Lotti Benardout and Arthur Delaney once again trade duties, the back-and-forth interplay building tension, sensuality, and urgency while the beats and atmospherics -- courtesy of Dom Goldsmith and Daniel Vildósola -- throb and swell. Lyrically, the weight of the world, geopolitics, and uncertainty in the digital age provide moments of bittersweet uncertainty, but Hælos stay loyal to optimism and hope. Of the marquee moments, the rousing "Kyoto" stands tall. The sprawling track starts with familiar keys and a pulsing beat, hypnotizing as Benardout and Delaney layer their vocals; when the song builds to a dramatic, dancefloor-filling breakdown, Hælos throw everything they have at the finish. It's a thrill to experience and one that is challenged elsewhere by the hypnotic and luscious "Buried in the Sand," which whips up a trance-like frenzy of reverie, and "Empty Skies," a throwback to '90s soul/house sounds that stretches the lead pair's vocals. Likewise, "End of the World Party" maintains the nostalgia with a classic Lyn Collins/Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock sample, connecting dancefloors across the decades through an infectious sonic wormhole. In addition to the party-starters, uplifting moments such as "So Long, Goodbye" and "Another Universe" elevate Any Random Kindness with grace, while the bluesy, piano-bar closer "Last One Out (Turn the Lights Off)" pulls everything together with a final plea for positivity and a light in the darkness. Cerebral yet soulful, Any Random Kindness strikes an ideal balance for Hælos, a significant step forward in their evolution. ~ Neil Z. Yeung
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Techno - Released May 17, 2019 | BPitch Control

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Following Ellen Allien's back-to-basics club album Nost as well as a pair of commanding singles ("Take a Stand," "UFO"), the BPitch Control founder released Alientronic, which continues in much the same direction but ventures a bit further out of orbit. Much shorter than Nost, Alientronic is a set of focused interstellar voyages which convey a sense of mystery while delivering the requisite amount of club energy. "Empathy" begins the album with its most extraterrestrial soundscape; astral arpeggios float throughout the galaxy while a soft, sporadic pulse gradually forms. Once we're settled into this strange but inviting spot in the universe, "MDMA" introduces the propulsive dance beats, which are generally broken rather than steady. Subsequent tracks are more direct and slamming, producing a slightly more paranoid atmosphere. "Bowie in Harmony" is filled with furious thumping kick drums and frantic acid synth patterns, with Allien's shadowy vocals murmuring something about David Bowie off in the distance. As with Nost, Allien's vocals help establish the mood of the tracks, but there's no proper lyrical song structures; she seems to have left her indie-crossover days behind. Following the tense, misleadingly titled "Electronic Joy," "Exit to Humanity" is the album's most arresting moment, with suspenseful synths set to a knocking garage-like beat, and a chilling voice spelling out doom for the human race. Following the early-trance flashback "Free Society," "Stimulation" is a riveting plunge into pure electro, ending Allien's most solid full-length since the mid-2000s on a high note. ~ Paul Simpson
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Electro - Released May 3, 2019 | Warner Classics

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Electro - Released May 17, 2019 | WM Australia

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Electro - Released April 26, 2019 | Cooking Vinyl Limited

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British duo Lamb wrote and recorded their seventh studio full-length after completing a European tour which commemorated the 21st anniversary of their beloved 1996 debut. Since that album's release, Lou Rhodes and Andy Barlow have continually refined their genre-splicing sound without losing their touch for relating deep human emotions. The duo's songs have often featured complex arrangements that draw from jazz and drum'n'bass, but they've always served as a pedestal for Rhodes' grand, poetic sentiments. The Secret of Letting Go retains that balance of experimentation and pure feeling, and sounds perfectly at home within Lamb's discography. Rhodes' lyrics are heavy on references to physical sensations, particularly touch and taste, and they aim to capture those feelings during particular moments rather than tell stories. As with the group's past albums, the most memorable moments are the ones when Rhodes makes simple phrases sound like big statements. On the title track, written as the group were considering disbanding again, Rhodes proclaims that "the secret of letting go is forgetting to hold on," while "Illumina" reveals that "the dark is how we let the light in." The production is similarly sophisticated without being too excessive, and even though Lamb's fondness for twisted time signatures will never fade, their music is never unnecessarily showy. "Armageddon Waits" injects swells of Bond-worthy cinematic strings, and while it's one of the album's most outwardly expressive, hair-raising moments, it never seems like overkill. The dubsteppy "Bulletproof" slightly indulges in Barlow's inclination for beat trickery, with some crushed breakbeats adding an extra kick of excitement. The duo's string-laden ballads are just as strong as ever, with "Imperial Measures" and "Silence Inbetween" recalling the majesty of earlier classics such as "Górecki" and "Heaven." ~ Paul Simpson