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Dance Dance Revolution 2nd MIX Original Soundtrack

 

Listening to this soundtrack brought back so many memories of playing DDR with my brother (who bought this in the first place). I can't believe I never added this to my collection until nearly a decade later after playing these games. Not only were these games my first exposure to EDM, but DDR staples like "Paranoia", "Trip Machine", "Put Your Faith in Me", their remixes, and many more became some of the first songs I loved enough to remember by heart. I guess DDR series provided a lot of music firsts for me.

 

This particular 2-disc soundtrack also has surprisingly good recording and mastering quality. Even on my low-budget listening set-ups, the CDs revealed an amazing level of clarity, spaciousness, and bass extension in beloved songs I thought I knew well. This is now one of my go-to albums for testing out new equipment.      

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I think it's time for me to post my album of the month before I forget. The choice is very difficult because I've been listening to A LOT of incredible music this month but almost all of it has been EPs. If I limit myself to just albums there are very few choices for me to choose from. My pick is a good one, though, and something that's incredibly easy to recommend as well. This choice is "Dreamcatcher" by Exist Strategy. To quote myself, I don't really have the words to describe this album, just listen to it for yourself on Bandcamp and if you like what you hear the album is being offered for the price of "name your price", so it can be yours for free if you so choose.

 

http://existstrategy.bandcamp.com/album/dreamcatcher

 

I wanted to thank TJ Elite for this recommendation.

 

TJ, even though you didn't mention a genre, something about the way you described this album made me want to give it a shot. What a pleasant surprise to find that 30 mins later, I was opening up my Paypal account,

 

Dreamcatcher is an absolutely beautiful album that constantly surprises on my PS500s. In fact, it opened my eyes to how great my Grados could sound. This feels like a gateway album for me. 

 

Thank you. 

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This sampler from Noisetrade of BRR's music is great. Noisetrade actually turned me on to these guys and I think they have a fantastic sound. As such, they're disc has been in my 6-disc player for the entire month (a rare feat in the ol' Mazda). 

 

This big group has a very poppy/lo-fi/adult alternative sound (think Sister Hazel meets Mumford and Sons) that I think they've polished very well. Definitely worth a listen.

 

As a matter of fact...

 

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Tame Impala - Innerspeaker

This one has been mentioned before in the thread, and here is I where came across Tame Impala, btw. I recently heard it again for the nth time, and keeps on being all sorts of incredible psychedellic stuff. I've heard it forward, backward, sideways, on random, by singles, there is no way or situation in which this album is not awesome. If you want to know what LSD sounds like, this is it.
Edited by JIGF - 9/1/13 at 9:32am
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I wanted to thank TJ Elite for this recommendation.

 

TJ, even though you didn't mention a genre, something about the way you described this album made me want to give it a shot. What a pleasant surprise to find that 30 mins later, I was opening up my Paypal account,

 

Dreamcatcher is an absolutely beautiful album that constantly surprises on my PS500s. In fact, it opened my eyes to how great my Grados could sound. This feels like a gateway album for me. 

 

Thank you. 

 

 

After listening from the link site for 10 minutes I also open my Paypal and bought this great album. You even decide what you want to pay for.   eek.gif  Do not miss this deal.

 

Here the LINK again


Edited by Twinster - 9/1/13 at 10:16am
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Kayo Dot: Hubardo

 

Wow. Just wow. Every bit as good as Choirs of the Eye, which as much as I love Kayo Dot, is something that I never thought I'd have an opportunity to say about any of their albums since. An effortless, beguiling, bizarre fusion of prog, black metal, jazz, and chamber music that strikes a happy middle ground between climax-oriented post-rock and Zorn/Mr. Bungle-esque chaos, tempered by some slower-moving, sparser, intensely cinematic and ridiculously pretty pieces of work that are utterly captivating. It probably won't be my album of the year, but it'll be damn close.

 

A word of advice: don't judge this album by its first track, especially if you're not familiar with the band's previous work. Give it some time to grow on you. And you've got time. An hour and a half plus change. 

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I wanted to thank TJ Elite for this recommendation.

 

TJ, even though you didn't mention a genre, something about the way you described this album made me want to give it a shot. What a pleasant surprise to find that 30 mins later, I was opening up my Paypal account,

 

Dreamcatcher is an absolutely beautiful album that constantly surprises on my PS500s. In fact, it opened my eyes to how great my Grados could sound. This feels like a gateway album for me. 

 

Thank you. 

 

After listening from the link site for 10 minutes I also open my Paypal and bought this great album. You even decide what you want to pay for.   eek.gif  Do not miss this deal.

 

Here the LINK again

 

I'm glad to see Dreamcatcher receiving love. It is a very special and magical album that deserves all the attention it can get.

 


 

Aesthesys - Ascendere

https://aesthesys.bandcamp.com/album/ascendere

 

My album of the month choice this time around is actually officially an EP, though at 31 minutes in length I feel it could just as easily be labeled as a mini-album as well. This release was brought to my attention by my cousin who is currently studying music technology and composition at university in London. He thought it might be to my liking and he was exactly right. Aesthesys was originally founded as a one-man project back in 2007 and eventually evolved into an ensemble. The group is based in Moscow and makes instrumental post-rock with more than minor ambient and neoclassical influences. I am certain anyone who enjoyed my Dreamcatcher recommendation will like this EP as well.

 

My cousin described the recording to me as very natural sounding, and I will say that I agree with him. The EP was mastered by Ian Shepherd, who is the founder and organizer of the Dynamic Range Day, and it sounds very pleasant on the ears. The mix isn't perhaps quite perfect, but that's a small gripe in the whole scheme of things. The release is worth hearing for the pleasing sound alone, but the music itself is what I believe will make you come back to this EP again and again.

 

The music is available as a free download on Bandcamp in the format of your choosing without a minimum asking price, although feel free to donate some money to the group if you wish. A physical CD version is also available and I will most certainly be ordering a copy in the very near future. I am very interested to hear Ascendere on my main speaker setup and look forward to exploring the music to its fullest.

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Bathory: Blood Fire Death

 

An extreme metal classic from '88 that just never ages. God-tier black metal with a touch of thrash/death theatrics (check out those guitar solos) from one of the founding bands in the genre--and for bonus points, a lot of metal-heads point to this as the birth moment of Viking metal, as well, which was fully established with Bathory's next album, Hammerheart. I wouldn't say it's a good starting point for getting into the more extreme sub-genres of metal, but for those who have established tastes and yet have never really explored the 'distant' past of their poison of choice, there's a lot here to love and obsess over. (I particularly love the intro, which perfectly straddles that difficult line between metal cheese and seriously chilling.)

 

Also, further bonus points: the girlfriend finds this to be *incredibly* relaxing. I was tasked with finding some good sleepy-time music for her the other day, and naturally gravitated toward the new Mazzy Star release. When that didn't do the trick I put this on as a joke. I never expected it to work. Her second-favorite sleepy-time metal album? Pallbearer's Sorrow and Extinction. Make of that what you will.


Edited by metalsonata - 9/30/13 at 12:09pm
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I know, so predictable.
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I've been listening to chvrches recently - probably the best pop album I've heard this year

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It's a day late, but I'll give my September album of the month. September has been a great month for music for me, from picking up Earth, Wind, & Fire's newest album on release day to going on a Kaskade marathon (will pick up his new album later), but my pick for September is:  

 

 

Aqua Timez - Carpe Diem

 

Aqua Timez is one of my favorite rock bands from Japan, and I already heard a few songs from this album when I sought it out, yet the album as a whole still managed to blow me away. Every song is unique and memorable in its own way, and there's no real filler aside from the unnecessary interlude. The album also constantly alternates between fast-paced hard rock and softer, more emotional pieces to keep things fresh.

 

Futoshi's vocals are as powerful as ever here. Although he can sound as whiny as an emo JRPG protagonist at times, the range and magnitude of emotion he puts into his performances is amazing. His singing is some of the best I've heard among contemporary rock bands. The other members of the band do get time to shine though. For some of the songs here, they've crafted some beautiful guitar solos capable of conveying emotion on their own. These aren't your typical solos that are just thrown in to show off or carry on a rock tradition. Aqua Timez truly poured a lot of effort and passion into their music with this album, and you can easily hear the proof of it.   

 

Here's just some of my favorite songs from the album:

 

 

 

 

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Album of the month… Album of the month… Last month's "winner" was an easy one to pick for a change, but for October three strong contenders immediately rose to mind. The ones competing for the title this time around were "Confession" by Ishome, "The Water's Way" by Kyson, and "Prokofiev" by Janine Jansen. Having to pick one out of these three amazing efforts from three such talented artists was inevitably going to be unfair for the two others regardless of which one I chose. Nevertheless a decision had to be made and the honor of being my this month's album of the month goes to "Confession". It is such an incredible effort I simply cannot not give it the limelight this month.

 

Ishome, aka Mirabella Karianova, is a talented young electronic music producer from Russia. And by young, I mean she's literally 20 years old as I'm typing this. I first discovered her music last year through her "Eva" EP which was Proton Music label's best-selling release at the time on Beatport (still is). It was one of the most impressive things I'd heard in years, and upon learning that it was made by at the time a 19-year-old lass on her computer I must admit that my jaw did almost hit the ground. At the same time I learned that she was working on her first album and for over a year I waited for its release with anticipation. Now this month I learned that the album had finally come out in May and I immediately purchased it. I was not disappointed despite my almost unsurmountable expectations. Not that it's a masterpiece or even quite as good as her "Eva" EP in my eyes, but it's still ridiculously good in every possible way.

 

Musically Ishome's music merges all kinds of electronic styles: ambient, electronica, breakbeat, 2-step, future garage, techno… you name it. Post-everything they call it. Sound-wise the album is absolutely pristine with nothing to really gripe about; the production chops on this gal are simply off the hook! The album can be streamed in its entirety on Bandcamp as well as purchased there if it tickles your fancy. I've also included a video of Ms. Karianova performing music from her album as well as links to the three tracks from her "Eva" EP, which can be streamed in their entirety on her SoundCloud page and purchased on Beatport among other digital online outlets.

 

I hope this helped someone out there made a new music discovery. Till next month!

 

Ishome - Confession

http://fuselab.bandcamp.com/album/confession

 

 

"Eva" EP on SoundCloud:

https://soundcloud.com/ishome/ishome-eva

https://soundcloud.com/ishome/ishome-nothing

https://soundcloud.com/ishome/ishome-7700-m


Edited by TJ Elite - 10/23/13 at 8:48am
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I fell in love when I heard the first chords of the first song:

 

 

..as one Rolling Stone reviewer put it: "what rock & roll would have sounded like had it been invented in the 1930s Dust Bowl."

Absolutely gorgeous minimalistic album with guitar, banjo and vocals, disturbing and beautiful.

 

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I finally managed to finish my Kaskade marathon with his newest album, Atmosphere, which has a become a strong contender for my favorite Kaskade album. Vast, serene, and ethereal, the songs found in here perfectly embody the album title. Lead single "Atmosphere" also showcases Kaskade's vocal talents for the first time, and makes everyone wonder why he didn't try singing sooner.

 

But as amazing as Atmosphere is, this isn't actually my album of the month. This was going to be my pick until I remembered to buy some music from another one of my favorite EDM artists, F-777. Seriously, this guy is amazing. He churns out new albums (of varying length) faster than Activision can publish new Call of Duty games, but the quality of his music rarely falters. On the contrary, he more often than not outdoes himself with every new release. I have no idea how he manages to do this. 

 

Buying several of his albums at once, to put it lightly, complicated my decision for this month. Every album I just bought was mind-blowing. But for innovation points, I have decided to choose Im so Classy as my album of the month for October 2013.

 

 

In this particular album, F-777 merges EDM with the swing style of music that dominated America in the early 20th century. The swing influence can be heard throughout the whole album, but it's always done tastefully. F-777 didn't throw in swing elements for the sake of originality, but worked them into his songs in a way that truly enhances his sound. 

 

I wish I could describe his music more in-depth, but since I can't, I'll just direct you to his bandcamp page, so you can stream the album and listen for yourself: http://jessevalentinemusic.bandcamp.com/album/im-so-classy. The album is already cheap if you're interested in buying, but until November 1st, you can use the code "TopSecretCode2" to take an additional 50% off the album's minimum asking price. This code also works on every release he has on bandcamp, and has unlimited use until its expiration date, so take the time to explore his other work as well.

 

Stay classy, everyone!

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