Faithless: The Dance

In a stroke of awesome with The Dance, Faithless has managed to continue that dance trend, and their careful balancing act. The opening song, “Not Going Home,” proves once again that they have the chops to own a dance floor, with what is sure to soon be (or already be) a memorable, bring-down-the-roof riff.

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Passion Pit: Manners

Their full length debut, Manners is fun stuff, mildly annoying, but filled with endless keyboards and studio effects that use the 1980’s as a constant reference point.

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MSTRKRFT: Fist of God

There's no getting away from it but MSTRKRFT do ever so slightly resemble those French behemoths of dance, Daft Punk and Justice. And not just when it comes an aping of the rock-meets-dance sound but also in the fact that we're dealing with yet another duo.

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Simian Mobile Disco: The Mezzanine, San Francisco, CA 3/15/09

The unique coupling of modern and outmoded electronic instruments is the heart of Simian Mobile Disco’s sound, and subsequently their live set up. The spread gives the duo a flexibility to maneuver onstage between digital and analog sound production: a flexibility they explored with curious fervency at the Mezzanine in San Francisco on Sunday Night.

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Bassnectar: Underground Communication

Bassnectar’s Underground Communication will be speaking loud and clear to anyone who is listening carefully for a musically diverse album that begs the spine to move in incomprehensible ways.

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The New Deal: A New Frontier

The New Deal remains the sophisticate's choice in livetronica almost in spite of the genre's popularity spike. As much as some newer, greener crews oversaturate the markets in hopes of rising above the pack, the Canadian trio has scaled back its operation since returning from a touring hiatus in 2004.

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The Rapture: Pieces of the People We Love

The Rapture always seemed ahead of the second New Wave, and this album, with two tracks produced by Danger Mouse (somebody has to teach them to be cool), shows them moving away from snagging riffs away from the Talking Heads and graduating to the funk and hip-hop of the Tom Tom Club.

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CSS: Cansei De Ser Sexy

CSS is destined for the underground club scene, sure to get waif-like girls plucked out of an American Apparel ad, dancing haphazardly to the stank that are these songs.

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Maria de Barros : Town Hall, Seattle, WA 7/21/2006

Senegalese native Maria de Barros is the kind of musician to whom one can’t help but surrender oneself. Full of the joie de vivre endemic to so many performers of African heritage; the music, dance moves, and smile of de Barros clearly captivated the Town Hall crowd. They displayed seemingly boundless enthusiasm, dancing and singing along with de Barros’ music, despite the almost unbearably high temperatures in the non-air conditioned building.

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Mylo: Destroy Rock & Roll

When Sir Elton John endorses your music, you know you are somebody. And Mylo is–no doubt about it. This CD is quite simply; fabulous.

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