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Electronic/Dance - Released March 1, 2019 | Magnetism

Electronic/Dance - Released May 9, 2007 | [PIAS] Cooperative

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As the electro indie rock movement was blowing up in 2007 with everyone from the Klaxons to Justice getting plenty of press, German duo Digitalism declared they had been working on the idea of an "electronica garage band" for a while now, unaware they'd soon be swallowed by a scene. Their debut album suggests they're telling the truth and further implies they are unaware of much post-Daft Punk dance music, although a series of 12"s with cutting-edge remixers has proven otherwise. The A-sides of those glorious 12s are all present on Idealism, an exciting, well-crafted debut that, like Daft Punk's Homework, is an instant thrill with plenty of reasons to return again and again. "Idealistic," "Zdarlight," and "Jupiter Room" are the three killer slices of fat-bottom bass, ripping synths, and filtered, French-flavored house on which this duo staked its claim. Getting them all together already gives the album great worth, but when you add fourth single "Pogo" (like Hot Chip with much more guts) and key track "Digitalism in Cairo" (an extra-choppy re-edit of the Cure's "Fire in Cairo"), the rest could be filler and you wouldn't mind much. The good news is there isn't any filler at all, and Digitalism go the extra mile by considering the album and designing a full-length that ebbs and flows. Sometimes it's electronic music you can rock to, sometimes it's neo-disco tech-house you can sing with, but it's always the fringe of dance-pop at its peak put together in a razor-sharp package. ~ David Jeffries

Electronic/Dance - Released June 15, 2011 | V2 Cooperative Music

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Electronic/Dance - Released June 25, 2012 | !K7 Records

The German duo Digitalism were tapped for the 41st entry in the !K7 label's DJ-Kicks series, which is now in its 17th continuous year. That fact itself is interesting and somewhat relevant to this particular album, since so many of the musical elements Digitalism incorporate into their sound hark back 17 years and further, and they seem to have sought out similar tendencies when gathering tracks for this DJ mix. Notice, for example, how the robotic 12/8 groove of WhoMadeWho's "The Sun" sounds as if it was cobbled together from equal parts "Call Me," "Tainted Love," and "Rock and Roll," or the way Surrender!'s "Travellers" trades the previous track's chugging beat and wank-metal guitar solos for '80s synth pop with hints of 1960s baroque rock. Also notice how explicitly Alex Gopher's "Brain Leech" steals from New Order circa 1986. Digitalism's particular genius can sometimes be a bit too subtle here, but you can see it in the way they take a tiny vocal snippet from the end of "Brain Leech" and use it as a zombified dub segue into the more house-flavored "Summer." Also somewhat zombielike is Grauzone's "Raum [Ata's Extended Mix]," which features relentless clicky rhythm guitars, a two-chord progression, and an obsessive focus on the phrase "Ich habe angst" ("I'm scared"). But Digitalism's brilliance really comes to the fore on the previously unreleased original tracks offered here, particularly the lush and nearly anthemic "Silenz" and the wry "A New Drug." More such entries would have made this a better album, but obviously wouldn't have fit in with the series' modus operandi. ~ Rick Anderson
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Miscellaneous - Released February 2, 2018 | Magnetism

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Electronic/Dance - Released September 13, 2018 | Magnetism

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Electronic/Dance - Released March 2, 2018 | Magnetism

Electronic/Dance - Released December 8, 2008 | V2 Cooperative Music

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Electronic/Dance - Released October 27, 2017 | Magnetism

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Electronic/Dance - Released March 23, 2018 | Magnetism

Electronic/Dance - Released November 14, 2011 | V2 Cooperative Music

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Electronic/Dance - Released November 5, 2012 | V2 Cooperative Music

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Electronic/Dance - Released August 2, 2018 | Magnetism

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Electronic/Dance - Released November 16, 2018 | Magnetism

Dance - Released March 2, 2015 | Zerothree

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Electronic/Dance - Released September 29, 2017 | Magnetism

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House - Released July 23, 2012 | Spinnin' Records

Electronic/Dance - Released December 15, 2008 | V2 Cooperative Music

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Electronic/Dance - Released May 19, 2014 | Kitsune

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Electronic/Dance - Released July 9, 2012 | !K7 Records