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Inside the experimental mind of Flying Lotus

"I have less time to make music than I wish I did," says Steven Ellison, "so when I work on stuff, I mean it, you know?" Ellison is Flying Lotus, a soft-spoken 27-year-old from Los Angeles with a pause in his speech, like he just figured out where anothe
Shifting Focus
By DAN WEISS  |  September 02, 2011
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DJ Mehdi | Red, Black & Blue

No, Virginia, there's no Ed Banger. That is, you can go all over Paris looking for Monsieur Banger and you won't find him.
Ed Banger/Because (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  January 08, 2010
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Demdike Stare | Symbiosis

Do not adjust your speakers. There will be sounds emerging from them that would lead you to believe they’re malfunctioning, but fear not.
Modern Love (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  November 20, 2009
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Review: Speech Debelle | Speech Therapy

It's unfortunate that there's a glass ceiling in the US market for British hip-hop — but for the lovely, clipped London accent that gives truth to Speech Debelle's delivery, this release would be huge stateside.
Big Dada (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  August 07, 2009
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Bibio | Ambivalence Avenue

Since this new record by Wolverhampton's Stephen James Wilkinson (a/k/a Bibio) has done nothing but delight me, I'm going to honor the sentiments posted to his MySpace blog and spare him the f-word and all variants thereof.
Warp (2009)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  July 03, 2009
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The moving pictures

If one way that bands tie themselves to the past is through sonic reference — Fleet Foxes calling forth Crosby, Stills and Nash, or Animal Collective channeling the Grateful Dead — then there's been a number of bands who tie themselves to the past throu
Pattern Is Movement reanimate the past
By DEVIN KING  |  May 15, 2009


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Review: Humcrush | Rest at World's End

Replete with bands who weave jazz, modern composition, and electronic music, the Rune Grammofon label captures a thriving scene of Norwegian improvisers and composers.
Rune Grammofon (2009)
By DEVIN KING  |  January 13, 2009
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Beyond tradition

On December 6 the University of Southern Maine Composers' Showcase will offer selections from new composers for eclectic ensembles, and on December 8 the Decompression Chamber Music Ensemble will offer an interactive concert pairing Robert Schumann with
Two concerts seek fresh ears for 'classical' music
By EMILY PARKHURST  |  December 03, 2008
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Max Tundra | Parallax Error Beheads You

It begins with a MIDI organ and Tundra singing like Little Orphan Annie: “I landed in somebody’s lap, between the iPod and yellow trucker cap.”
Domino (2008)
By DEVIN KING  |  November 11, 2008

Interview: Girl Talk

David Thorpe chats up Gregg Gillis
David Thorpe chats up Gregg Gillis
By DAVID THORPE  |  November 10, 2008
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The BBC Radiophonic Workshop | BBC Radiophonic Music & The Radiophonic Workshop

First released in 1971 and 1975, these reissued Workshop compilations provide a neat summation of the outfit’s heyday.
Mute (2008)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  November 05, 2008


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Versioning

It’s been three years since Autechre’s Untilted , and it feels longer.
Autechre loosen up
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  April 08, 2008
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M83

M83 do something unexpected on Digital Shades, Vol. 1 , diving headlong into ambient music.
Digital Shades, Vol. 1 | Mute
By RICHARD BECK  |  December 26, 2007
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Reaching climax

Ten years after the release of their classic debut, Homework , Daft Punk embark on a long-awaited tour across America with only seven dates on its roster.
Daft Punk, WaMu Theater, Seattle, WA, July 29, 2007
By VICKI SIOLOS  |  August 03, 2007
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The Tuss

Things often are not as they seem — then again, often they are.
Rushup Edge | Rephlex
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  July 30, 2007
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Loop dynamics

The warm, multi-layered drones of Area C are so lush and richly detailed, you could be forgiven for thinking they must be the work of multiple musicians.
The ambient experiments of Area C
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  July 18, 2007


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Dizzee Rascal

Boy in da Corner may be the classic Dizzee will be forced to chase for the rest of his career.
Maths + English | XL
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  June 12, 2007
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DJ Food and DK

You’d be hard-pressed to find such proficient and seemingly effortless mixing.
Now, Listen Again! | Ninja Tune
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  May 08, 2007
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Technophilia

The year being 2007, had I started off telling you this new Gui Boratto album is “intelligent dance music,” you’d have stopped reading right then and there.
Brazil’s Gui Boratto embraces IDM
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  March 27, 2007
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Unhappy accident

Don’t let the amicable interviews or the delighted dancing fool you. Thom Yorke is upset.
Thom Yorke’s unwitting masterpiece
By WILL SPITZ  |  July 12, 2006
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Damnocracy

Supergroup was the bastard son of two other VH1 shows — The Surreal Life and Behind the Music — in that it offered a new and bristling hybrid of “celebreality.”
Supergroup and the state of heavy-metal nation
By JAMES PARKER  |  July 11, 2006


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Techno files

By the time the four-man disco band take the stage at Great Scott, the crowd is so jammed into the Allston venue, you’d swear it was a Saturday night.
Hot Chip live, plus the return of the Orb  
By DAVID DAY  |  March 20, 2006
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Canadian clubbed

As red-hot underground DJs go, Ghislain Poirier is as understated as it gets.
Two new sides of DJ Ghislain Poirier
By DAVID DAY  |  March 07, 2006
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Idol threats

It remains to be seen whether he can top the pop charts, but J. Jewels has got Diddy-style diversification on lockdown.
New England Idol; Cylob rocks T.T.’s  
By DAVID DAY  |  February 21, 2006
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Look, Ma! No TV!

As Internet video clips proliferate and spread like kudzu, it’s getting hard to keep up on all that’s out there just waiting to be watched.
A democratic Youtube
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 18, 2006