Qualm is a nocturnal, adventurous album that sees Hauff take a progressive leap forward from her 2015 debut Discreet Desires. Rich with minimalist techno, it's not an album of all out bangers, but it's a layered, complex work. Hauff's second album sees her return to her original modus operandi. Her preference for analogue sounds has prevents this album from becoming overly mechanical, and one can detect a conscious decision to allow space for these...Read more
Ross from Friends may have won the silly name sweepstakes of the late-2010s underground house scene, but like his peers DJ Seinfeld and DJ Boring, the quality of his music transcends the gimmickry. Family Portrait is his proper debut full-length, and it builds on past successes like the viral hit "Talk to Me You'll Understand" and The Outsiders (a double EP so good that it could've easily passed as a proper album), introducing new levels of complexity...Read more
Tony Molina bids farewell to a loved one on Kill the Lights. The Bay Area singer-songwriter does like many of us do when we begin to accept a loveless shift - if you love something, set it free. It's the oldest of axioms, but also an applicable one that holds a universal meaning. Molina, ever the sensitive songwriter, has based most of his work on pithy, yet sufficiently detailed songs that dig into his self-belittling thoughts. There's usually...Read more
An Americana artist adept at psychedelic layering, Israel Nash expands into kaleidoscopic sonic textures on fifth studio album Lifted. Bass and drums rumble under Nash's starry, Dripping Springs sky alongside streaming guitars and synthesizer. One of two whirring instrumental intros on the LP precedes "Rolling On," a triumphant tribute to personal persistence. The brazen track sets the collection's ambitious tone, channeling the War on Drugs' steely...Read more
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