Top 20 Electronic Albums, July 2014
Xeno & Oaklander's Par Avion is a strong contender for the best new electronic release of the month, which is funny, if only because it doesn't sound particularly new; it could easily be mistaken for a lost synth-pop classic from the early 1980s. After a handful of records for New York's Wierd Records imprint, it's the duo's first for Ghostly, and it's a killer, fusing spring-loaded machine rhythms with all manner of slippery dissonance.
They're not the only ones playing with bygone styles. The debut EP from Kiesza -- yes, she of the dance video turned viral sensation for "Hideaway" -- might be mistaken for an early '90s house record. You could say the same for Crosstown Rebels artist Ali Love, of the groups Hot Natured and Infinity Ink, and his album P.U.M.P., while Coco Steel & Lovebomb's The Chillout Album pays tribute to the ambient flipside of '90s rave culture.
But if it's the new, new, new you're looking for, you'll find plenty of fresh developments in recent releases from Los Angeles' DJ Dodger Stadium, Paris' ClekClekBoom label, and Bassnectar. And special mention goes to the Portuguese crew behind Principe Discos' Tá Tipo Já Não Vamos Morrer, which pushes kuduro, batida and tarraxinha into ever more dazzling configurations. DJ Marfox fans, take note.