Category Archives: Deli Magazine DC

Issue #51 of The Deli is out – Ian Sweet + BK Stompbox Exhibit!

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Issue #51 of The Deli is out - Ian Sweet + BK Stompbox Exhibit!
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Ian Sweet
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iansweetmusic
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Avant-Indie
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NYC

Oy, nu-music lurvers!

The new issue of The Deli NYC is available for online reading here!

On the cover, fabulous math-dream-indie-rockers Ian Sweet (who are headed on tour with Frankie Cosmos!). Check out the video of our favorite single "#23" streaming below.

Oh and hey! It’s a Brooklyn Stompbox Exhibit issue! If you love guitar ...

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Tight and tuneful, prog-rockers Deaf Scene return with new music video

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Tight and tuneful, prog-rockers Deaf Scene return with new music video
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Deaf Scene
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deafscene
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Prog-Rock
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Washington DC

After turning heads with their 2014 release "Three Pound Universe" Baltimore’s Deaf Scene returns with a music video for the song "Acid Fight" from their upcoming album. The group adds so many crystal clean ornamentations to the groove in this track that the ornamentations seem to seamlessly build on top of each other to the point where ...

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Wooden/Apple/Heart’s new folk-based album

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Wooden/Apple/Heart's new folk-based album
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Wooden/Apple/Heart
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wooden/apple/heart
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Alt/Indie Folk
Region (for charts, pick one): 
Washington DC

Local band Wooden/Apple/Heart incorporates rhythmic folk instrumentals, quiet harmonizing vocals, and experimental sounds to create a skillful haziness. In their new album,  The First Woman to See Her Reflection in the World Before Mirrors, the group employs a modern, experimental-folk approach to music-making; inclusive of jumpy and innovative percussion, layered guitar riffs and occasional background ...

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Minor Poet’s single “River Days” from debut album, releasing 08.25

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Minor Poet's single
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Minor Poet
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minorpoetmusic
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Indie Rock
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Washington DC

It’s difficult not to get lost in the lush, lucid indie-rock of Minor Poet. Set to release his debut solo album, And How!, next month, the Richmond-native songwriter sets lyrics inspired by his personal narratives and pairs them with stoic and steady instrumentals. On the recently released single “River Days”, the artist serves ...

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Shoegaze up and comers Venn at Black Cat July 21st

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Shoegaze up and comers Venn at Black Cat July 21st
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Venn
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VennDC
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Dream-Pop/Psych Pop
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Washington DC

Channeling the sound of UK 1980s/90s shoegaze and post-punk, Venn has seen success after the release of their debut EP earlier this year. The band has managed to capture the sensitive adrenaline rush, found in the music of My Bloody Valentine and New Order, in their own unique while still paying obvious homage to their forebearers, even ...

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Record release from indie grunge group The Rememberables, July 14th at Black Cat

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Record release from indie grunge group The Rememberables, July 14th at Black Cat
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the rememberables
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rememberables
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Garage Rock
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Washington DC

Mixing art and pop rock influences like The Smashing Pumpkins and Weezer, The Rememberables create songs with driving grooves enhanced by melodic material layered into the musical fabric, hinting at a shoegaze vibe. Hoping to build off of the sound that they achieved on the their self-titled EP, the group plans to release a full length ...

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Snail Mail tours, plays Union Transfer 07.14 with Waxahatchee and Cayetana

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Snail Mail tours, plays Union Transfer 07.14 with Waxahatchee and Cayetana
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Snail Mail
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snailmailband
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Indie Rock
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Baltimore

Baltimore indie-rock act Snail Mail is playing Union Transfer on July 14th with DIY favorites Waxahatchee and Cayetana. On Snail Mail’s most recent EP, Habit, fuzzed-out and reverb-drenched guitars lay the groundwork for Lindsey Jordan’s resonant vocals, which often seem to drift out of painful, nebulous daydreams: "I wanna spend the entire year/Just face down/And on my own ...

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Lobo Marino talks to The Deli about Richmond, politics, and music

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Lobo Marino talks to The Deli about Richmond, politics, and music
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Lobo Marino
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Lobomarinomusic
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World
Region (for charts, pick one): 
Washington DC

Recently I had a chance to ask some questions to Laney of Lobo Marino to learn a little bit more about what their music is all about.  Here’s what I found out.

1. Lobo Marino seems like a group that could only exist in a city like Richmond that is so well known for creativity and the arts.  ...

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Cigarette’s slo-mo harmonies at Black Cat on 06.14

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Cigarette's slo-mo harmonies at Black Cat on 06.14
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Cigarette
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cigarette
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Indie Pop
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New York State (except NYC)

Between lingering lo-fi vocals, featured string orchestrations, and simple guitar riffs drenched in reverb, it is difficult to gloss over DC’s own slowcore band Cigarette. Currently a four piece band with occasional guest musicians, the collective released their debut, mini-LP, Gush, in 2013, which displayed a vivid interpretation of modern indie pop, fused with ...

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Dawkins delivers blissful reverb drenched indie on debut EP

Dawkins delivers blissful reverb drenched indie on debut EP

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Dawkins

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ddaawwkkiinnss

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Indie Pop

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Washington DC

Existing somewhere in that sphere of experimental indie pop that contains Animal Collective and Neon Indian, DawkinsEp1 is a quality release that steers clear of being a cheap knockoff of the reverb drenched, chaotic sound that has made other groups famous.   Although not flawless, the group’s first release achieves some really great moments, like at the 1 minute mark in Kiwi, where the chorus all of a sudden bursts through in a great moment of catharsis. At times blissfully harmonious with the pumping, youthful energy of indie pop, Ep 1 is a wonderful start for the group.

-Written by Michael Dranove

ddaawwkkiinnss@gmail.com

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The Sea Life to release self-titled full-length on Babe City Records

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The Sea Life to release self-titled full-length on Babe City Records
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The Sea Life
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thesealifemusic
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Indie Pop
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Washington DC

Noise-pop band The Sea Life is releasing a self-titled full-length album on May 26th, on Babe City Records. Blending the angsty vocal stylings of Win Butler and Conor Oberst with up-tempo, minor-key distortion, the D.C.-based band paint a swirling picture of depressive sentiments and full-throated screams of longing. On "Red Eyes," the lyrics suggest aversion toward success: "It’s a shame /That you’re trading your ...

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RVA’s Lobo Marino defies cynicism with their soulful world-folk

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RVA's Lobo Marino defies cynicism with their soulful world-folk
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Lobo Marino
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Lobomarinomusic
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World
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Washington DC

When I first clicked on the bandcamp page of Lobo Marino, the cynic in me scoffed at the idea of two Americans living in Richmond, VA imitating throat singing and chanting meditatively about the sun setting. However, after listening to a few tracks I was impressed by the power of Lobo Marino’s music, the versatile song-writing and moving meditations on the ebb and ...

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My French Roommate EP release at DC9 6.8.17

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My French Roommate EP release at DC9 6.8.17
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My French Roommate
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MFR.DCband
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EDM
Region (for charts): 
Washington DC

Washington D.C. based quartet My French Roommate creates bedroom pop that draws inspiration from 70’s euro disco, 80’s synth pop, dance punk, and tech noir (among other genres). On their debut EP MFR (streaming), they combine three singles into one 13 minute long track. The record’s sound progresses from upbeat and relatively pop (“CTRL”) to dark and psychedelic (“REPLICA”). Last track “LUV DG” even has clear ...

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Fly Anakin and Koncept Jack$on’s latest album is hip hop at its finest

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Fly Anakin and Koncept Jack$on's latest album is hip hop at its finest
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Fly Anakin & Concept Jack$on
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MutantAcademyRVA
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Hip Hop
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Washington DC

From the moment the beat drops on the opening track, it’s clear that the style of Fly Anakin and Koncept Jack$on’s Chapel Hill is influenced more by pathos, anger, and crunchy weed than the plush leather sounds of blemish free top 40.  With a voice that seems uncannily similar to that of Brooklyn rapper AZ, Fly Anakin gives the opener a straight ahead, circa 1994 flow that dwells more on ...

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Baltimore alt-dance rockers The Milestones drop a couple demo tracks

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Baltimore alt-dance rockers The Milestones drop a couple demo tracks
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The Milestones
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themilestonesofficial
Genres (for charts): 
Alt Rock
Region (for charts): 
Baltimore

Those talented rockers from Baltimore are back with a couple demo tracks in advance of an unannounced EP. The Milestones released "City of Soul" and "Have It All," working to hone the in-studio sound and tame the oft-wild and varied live versions. It’s definitely working: the quartet’s signature is to shift abruptly yet seamlessly from spacey, soothing melodies into hard licks that get audiences everywhere dancing. Both songs are richly layered with well-produced vocals, ...

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Baltimore alt-dance rockers The Milestones drop a couple demo tracks

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The Milestones
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themilestonesofficial
Genres (for charts): 
Alt Rock
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Baltimore

Those talented rockers from Baltimore are back with a couple demo tracks in advance of an unannounced EP. The Milestones released "City of Soul" and "Have It All," working to hone the in-studio sound and tame the oft-wild and varied live versions. It’s definitely working: the quartet’s signature is to shift abruptly yet seamlessly from spacey, soothing melodies into hard licks that get audiences everywhere dancing. Both songs are richly layered with well-produced vocals, ...

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Baltimore alt-dance rockers The Milestones drop a couple demo tracks

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Baltimore alt-dance rockers The Milestones drop a couple demo tracks
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The Milestones
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themilestonesofficial
Genres (for charts): 
Alt Rock
Region (for charts): 
Baltimore

Those talented rockers from Baltimore are back with a couple demo tracks in advance of an unannounced EP. The Milestones released "City of Soul" and "Have It All," working to hone the in-studio sound and tame the oft-wild and varied live versions. It’s definitely working: the quartet’s signature is to shift abruptly yet seamlessly from spacey, soothing melodies into hard licks that get audiences everywhere dancing. Both songs are richly layered with well-produced vocals, ...

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Creative and technically superb teaser tracks on new Drewsif Stalin album

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Creative and technically superb teaser tracks on new Drewsif Stalin album
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Drewsif Stalin
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DrewsifStalinMusic
Genres (for charts): 
Metal-Prog
Region (for charts): 
Washington DC

Drewsif Stalin‘s sophomore album “Anhedonia” sets its tone from the get-go with a spine tingling rage that seems like a pretty good interpretation of what anhedonia—the inability to feel pleasure—might sound like sonically. Behind a downright creepy vocal delivery of line “inching closer and closer” comes a snarling guitar lick which fits beautifully in the pocket of the groove. Just when the groove seems to get a little repetitive, Drewsif Stalin pulls out ...

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Solid tracks from DC producers bobmoekill

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Solid tracks from DC producers bobmoekill
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bobmoekill
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bobmoekill
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Electronica
Region (for charts): 
Washington DC

Bobmoekill‘s “All Good Things” starts out with a very promising introduction. The harmony builds wonderfully with the drum tracks tastefully added underneath. Gradually, the textures fill out, and at about 1 minute the buildup pays off with the tasteful drums turning into a deep groove.

The opening title track is a pretty good barometer of the bobmoekill style, which seems to alternate between R&B, pop electronica, ambient electronic.  Although sometimes the tracks felt a ...

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Crisp, psychedelic prog-rock from Baltimore’s Deaf Scene

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Crisp, psychedelic prog-rock from Baltimore's Deaf Scene
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Deaf Scene
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deafscene
Genres (for charts): 
Prog-Rock
Region (for charts): 
Washington DC

Listening to Deaf Scene for the first time, one of the things I was most impressed by were the seamless transitions within the songs. The band does a great job developing themes with increasing intensity, steering clear of traditional verse-chorus structures to take listeners on a journey. Sometimes it’s easy to get listener fatigue, going through 9 separate journeys on a full length prog-rock album, but the band keeps it interesting with a pleasing ...

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Humble Fire releases “Taliesin” video, plays The Pietsch Tree on 06.03

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Humble Fire releases
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Humble Fire
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humblefireband
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Dream-Pop/Psych Pop
Region (for charts): 
Washington DC

DC-based avant-pop band Humble Fire recently released a music video for "Taliesin," a single from their forthcoming album, Builder, out July 14th. Filmed in a domestic setting (probably a nod to bedroom recording practices), the video matches the ethereal song and its experimental vocal arrangement with the abstract movements of a group of dancers. A crescendo of editing, featuring reversed video cuts and musicians casually noodling on their instruments in tight rooms, compliments the ...

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Vaelastrasz’s “Glyph of Inspired Hymns” is weird, eerie, and good

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Vaelastrasz's  “Glyph of Inspired Hymns” is weird, eerie, and good
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Vaelastrasz
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VaelastraszDungeonSynth
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Ambient
Region (for charts): 
Washington DC

For the past year or so, Fairfax’s Vaelastrasz has been quietly developing their electronic composition skills. The releases have always seemed promising, and “Glyph of Inspired Hymns” gives a lot of reason to think that Vaelastrasz is starting to really come into their own as an electronic musician. The album art, a black and white photo of an old church, is at once nostalgic and haunting, an aesthetic which meshes well with the antique, dystopian ...

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Lo-fi innocence makes Kaimbr’s “Share the Shelter” stand out

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Lo-fi innocence makes Kaimbr's
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Kaimbr
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KaimbrAdmin
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Hip Hop
Region (for charts): 
Washington DC

“I’m coping” Kaimbr assures the listener on “Cora”, the first track of his latest full length release, Share the Shelter. Starting the album with a song dedicated to his mother, Kaimbr switches between conventional raps and a sense of lo-fi innocence on the album. Giving the album a real sense of concept are the retro, often melancholy samples, which add a nice touch of melodic material to the album, giving it a unique, tight ...

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“This World is Without End”: Ambitious noise-step on Chino Amobi debut

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“This World is Without End”: Ambitious noise-step on Chino Amobi debut
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Chino Amobi
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chinoamobi
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Dub-Downtempo
Region (for charts): 
Washington DC

Since the end of the 90s, electronic musicians have been experimenting with bleaker aesthetics to give voice to a society that lacks a social safety net and seems to be careening towards destruction. The work of artists like Burial in the early 2000s ushered in an era of dubstep that was defined by a deep sense of loss and loneliness. Groups like Crystal Castles and Boards of Canada brought new elements of eeriness to ...

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Quirky genre-bending on Mike of Doom’s MICHAEL

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Quirky genre-bending on Mike of Doom's MICHAEL
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Mike of Doom
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Mike0fDoom
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Hip Hop
Region (for charts): 
Washington DC

 

Irreverently quirky, with a slurred, seemingly codeine influenced flow, DMV producer Mike of Doom’s latest album, MICHAEL, is an amusing and at times semi-serious collection of songs about Mike’s life. The strongest element of this album is its genre bending. Mike of Doom explores everything from vaporwave to punk to trap without ever losing a sense of playfulness and confidence. The genre bending keeps the album fresh, and despite the ...

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