1. Seefeel – Quique – Too Pure/ Astralwerks
Quique (pronounced “Keek”) is the 1993 debut album from Seefeel. Musically, the band “is situated at the intersection of dream pop/shoegaze and ambient techno/IDM,” which made them a perfect fit for Warp Records, who they signed to in 1994. After an almost 12 year hiatus, Seefeel will be releasing a new record on Warp later this year.
2. Zola Jesus – Stridulum EP – Sacred Bones Records
This hypnotic goth-tinged neurotic-pop from Nika Roza Danilova (aka Zola Jesus) has caught ears of many “in the know” music publications, and for good reason. Her larger-than-life vocals are reminiscent of Siouxsie Sioux, and the dark-wave influenced production makes this record feel new and familiar at the same time.
3. Ras G and The Afrikan Space Program – Ghetto Sci Fi – Poo-Bah Records
This record has been in wide-rotation for me in the past year. Along with his LA beat-making comrades Flying Lotus, Gaslamp Killer and Daedelus, Ras G has made a name for himself with his bass-heavy psychedelic sound. This record is a classic in the making.
4. The JD’s – An Education – Pretension Records
“Jack Dangers of Meat Beat Manifesto needs no introduction. He practically invented modern breakbeat music. His collection of vintage analog synthesizers and vocoders provides the foundation for the JD’s sound. Jon Drukman of Bass Kittens is the digital to Dangers’ analog. He brings his own electro-tinged philosophy to the proceedings. There is only one school on Planet JDs: the school of blowing your mind with sound. Step inside and get educated.” (content from from electrobotiks.com)
5. Madlib – Madlib Medicine Show No. 3: Beat Konducta In Africa
There’s not too much I can say about Madlib that hasn’t already been said. This is a great record, in a series. Click the link and buy this record. It’s amazing.