v/a WARP20 (Unheard) CD
*** RECOMMENDED "Unreleased treasures from the Warp Records' vaults, songs by BOARDS OF CANADA, BROADCAST, AUTECHRE, FLYING LOTUS & more."
BRILLIANT COLORS Introducing LP / CD
*** "Brilliant Colors' debut album is as an undeniable contender for best pop record of 2009. Ten tracks of sharp, subtly catchy indie pop that finds struck between the crunch and drive of punk and the spiky DIY melodicism of early Rough Trade and Flying Nun bands."
DJ/RUPTURE & MATT SHADETEK Solar Life Raft CD
*** "A rich blend of bass, beats, and space, rocked by a tropical wind out of the west, the album is an arresting testament to the fruit that grows at the margins, free from genre orthodoxy and pulsing with gentle mutant energy."
FALTY DL Bravery 2xLP / CD
*** "An impressive combination of melodic synths, glitzy garage samples, and complex programmed beats and effects. Plaintive synths, hiccupped vocals, big bass, jazzy chords, chicken-scratch guitar, dubbed-out vocals and sassy disco."
HEAVY TRASH Midnight Soul Serenade CD
*** "JON SPENCER and MATT VERTA-RAY deliver a stunning, slightly darker, barrel-fermented and brilliantly matured portrait of love and devotion gone good, gone wrong and just gone. Guitars pulsate, ooze and percolate; Spencer croons and twangs, shakes and shudders with raw power and passion."
NEIL LANDSTRUMM Bambaataa Eats His Breakfast 2xLP / CD
*** "Neil Landstrumm's minimal, psychedelic eight-song full-length Bambaataa Eats His Breakfast wires together dubstep and grime's modes and effects with a penchant for 8-bit melodies, bric-a-brac percussion, and a touch of rave's rude energy."
LARGE PROFESSOR The LP CD
*** "LARGE PROFESSOR unleashes his highly anticipated solo debut originally shelved by Geffen Records in 1995/1996."
LCD SOUNDSYSTEM 45:33 Remixes CD
*** "LCD Soundsystem's one-off Nike/iTunes collabo is lovingly & respectfully reinterpreted by some of dance music's most innovative players: Runaway, Prins Thomas, Riley Reinhold, Pilooski, and Theo Parrish."
NEON INDIAN Psychic Chasm CD
*** "Synthetic nostalgia, Dreampop lullabies, and grinding guitar noise orbiting around the themes of drug induced heartbreak, weary afternoons, and lost chances. A lush soundtrack to the deadbeat exploits of teenage ennui." 8.6 on Pitchfork.
OM God Is Good LP / CD
*** "Om albums are rituals, personal convictions transcripted into verse. With careful microscopic increase, the energy grows through the four songs, leading towards moments that one could interpret…revelation? Oblivion? Awakening?"
SHRINEBUILDER Shrinebuilder CD
*** "The first chapter in what promises to be an epic narrative. Shrinebuilder is the Justice League of underground heaviness: WINO of Saint Vitus & The Obsessed; AL CISNEROS of Om & Sleep; DALE CROVER of Melvins; SCOTT KELLY of Neurosis on guitar. And all four of them on vocals."
THEMSELVES Crowns Down 2xLP / CD
*** "A careful and vicious exhibition of mastered rap tactics and sampling ethics, Themselves' third album is a return to form and a honing of what's come before (Subtle, cLOUDDEAD) -- both the opus that these two were always meant to make, and the album that their hip-hop-obsessed teenaged selves always hoped to hear."
VLADISLAV DELAY Tummaa 2xLP / CD
*** "Tummaa marks a far more organic and live-sounding shift in this acclaimed musician's work, reflecting a renewed interest in jazz and acoustic performance. The results are jaw-dropping."
TOM WAITS Glitter & Doom Live 2xCD
*** "The best live show of 2008 distilled into 17 performances hand-picked by Waits. While Waits does dig into the vaults, G&D leans heavily on songs from his ANTI releases. Glitter and Doom Live will reside in the Waits catalog alongside earlier live albums like Nighthawks at the Diner and Big Time, both discs held on par with his classic studio releases by fans."