Classixx – Hanging Gardens (Innovative Leisure)

Dance music, plain and simple. One 4/4 synth-washed banger after another. Track 1 is the perfect introduction to the group, with a slow build to an in-the-clouds chorus. Honestly you could throw on every track to a similar effect. Highly recommended. Similar to: Justice, Todd Terje, early Daft Punk.

-Zach Shealy 8/21/2013

Godforbid – Equilibrium (Victory)

This is a textbook example of Victory Records metalcore. Exactly what I expected based on the album cover and names (of the band, tracks, album, etc.). But I liked it. Recommended for a metal show.

-Kaleb Lowe 4/12/13

DJ Kentaro – Contrast (Ninja Tune)

Master spinner DJ Kentaro mixes one part two-step, one part DNB, one part hip-hop, and two parts electro in his fourth album under Ninja Tune. This mix is high-tempo, head-banging goodness, with “Kikkake” and “North South  East West”  rising above the rest in terms of the number of times I pulled an important muscle. Contrast is deep and progressive, futuristic and “Lapis Lazuli” interrupts the madness with a just beautiful, 100-feet underground groove. “Higher” features some lip=biting UK rap, “Big Timer” and “Fire is On”. Yup, this genre puts out more of the same each year, and while this album is superficially different, it is a also a very dense symposium of what we expect. Recommended for bassheads only (hip-hop enthusiasts, beware).

- Will Doran 4/18/13

Major Lazer – Free the Universe (Secretly Canadian)

RATCHET!!! Get crunk, get dusted, make yo booty clap, and make it Wop! Wop! Wop! If you like to bring the heat and wile out… spin some of this. If you’ve hated the Harlem Shake since it’s first incarnation, skip these tribal electro crackhead beats.

- R. Blanton 04/13