W&W’s “Lift Off”: A Promising Harbinger of EDM Genre Blending

What’s house? What’s trance? We’re clearly entering a new era of electronic dance music, one in which both commercial and independent artists see no genre bounds. The melodic, arpeggiated melodies of trance music meld with the hard, march-like beats of house. The instability of dubstep’s wavering bass adds a much-needed [...]

By |2012-12-11T00:00:00-05:00December 11, 2012|Album Reviews|

‘Mercury EP’ Review: Rising Producer Talent Gemini Shows Full Range

Who is Gemini? The 22-year-old producer and songwriter born Thomas Slinger attempts to define himself on this short, five-track EP that includes two of his larger singles, “3D Romeo” and “Freedom.” The Mercury EP, out on November 19, assembles a collection of vignettes, each exploring a different and divergent facet [...]

By |2012-12-05T00:00:00-05:00December 5, 2012|Album Reviews|

The Orb – Cooking Vinyl feat. Lee Scratch Perry

Long time EDM duo, The Orb, has gone through many transformations in its near-twenty year existence, resulting is an unlikely but surprisingly tasteful mixture of the deepest of the German underground scene and the heaviest of old school hip-hop. In its current incarnation, Dr. Alex Paterson and Thomas Felhman make [...]

By |2012-11-27T00:00:00-05:00November 27, 2012|Album Reviews|

Time EP: Once is Enough

Antonio Caballero’s musical interest began at a young age when he discovered the Chicago rave scene and was simultaneously blessed with a cheap, Roland Synthesizer. Since that time, the artist has developed a style dependent on latin-inspired, interlocking percussion, layered melodies, and brooding ambience. His first release was the Snowtr_ck EP released [...]

By |2012-11-15T00:00:00-05:00November 15, 2012|Album Reviews|

Ultraísta: Catchy and Complex

It’s rare that I fall in love with a band as quickly as I did with Ultraísta, but when you consider the lineup, it sort of makes sense. At the keys is UK producer Nigel Godrich, best known for producing the music of Radiohead, on drums is Joey Waronker, who has [...]

By |2012-10-30T00:00:00-04:00October 30, 2012|Album Reviews|

Passion EP: An Ambient Techno Tapestry

Since the early 90’s, British Techno duo, System 7, has been proving that techno is not yet a dead sub-genre of EDM. Steve Hillage and Miquette Giraudy, both former members of Gong, formed the duo after hearing Hillage’s 1979 record “Rainbow Dome Musick,” and soon took off in the London [...]

By |2012-10-25T00:00:00-04:00October 25, 2012|Album Reviews|

Strobe Lights Laser Disco: A Minimalist Mainstay

I believe the first official article I wrote for Crossfadr was of DJ Pierre’s “Acid/Jack Da Groove,” And since then haven’ had the chance to revisit his work. Which was why I was excited at having been assigned his latest EP, “Strobe Lights Laser Disco.” I feel it gave me [...]

By |2012-10-09T00:00:00-04:00October 9, 2012|Album Reviews|

People Of the Night: A Salute to Mediocrity

Collaboration is a trend seemingly inherent in EDM. That is, through it’s wide use of technologies, electronic music allows for musicians of vastly different influences and backgrounds to fuse their styles and sounds in order to create something new. This is a great idea in theory, but in the case [...]

By |2012-09-26T00:00:00-04:00September 26, 2012|Album Reviews|

Beams: An Eclectic Oddity

Matthew Dear’s career is almost as eclectic as his music. He has been labeled as a DJ, a producer, and an experimental pop artist by peers and critics, while the artist himself holds four different aliases (Audion, False, Jabberjaw, and Matthew Dear) depending on the nature of the project on [...]

By |2012-09-19T00:00:00-04:00September 19, 2012|Album Reviews|
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