The Orb

Kelela – Cut 4 Me

January 10, 2019

Cut 4 Me is a sketch of everything of-the-moment RnB should aspire to. Transcending its rugged origins even as it uses them to its benefit, what began life...

Geology 35

November 18, 2018

Now we venture beyond the cozy climes of Laurel Canyon and assorted outposts into the realm of the metaphysical, the music that lies at the fringes of canyon proper.

Model 500 – Deep Space

June 30, 2018

With Deep Space, his debut album, Juan Atkins lays the blueprint for the chrome-plated sounds of machine soul: the art form of the 21st century.

Terminal Vibration IX (Elevator Music)

June 29, 2018

This music is like Detroit — a complete mistake. It's like George Clinton and Kraftwerk stuck in an elevator. The subject turns to techno, house and other things...

Warehouse Weatherall XXX

June 8, 2018

The legacy of Andrew Weatherall looms large over dance music's history. What follows is a semi-historical narrative woven around 30 of his records.

…One More Thing

April 26, 2018

"Once we get out of the 80s, the 90s are gonna make the 60s look like the 50s." There was a sense that the table had been set for the coming decade.

Jarre Beyond The Clouds

April 23, 2018

Saturday night, Snakes and I caught Jean-Michel Jarre at the Spreckels Theatre, where we were treated to an enchanted evening of cosmic electronica.

Terminal Vibration: Bonus Round (Island Disco)

April 19, 2018

At the interzone between post-disco, new wave and boogie lies a tropical dancefloor sound embodied by no one quite so much as the Compass Point All Stars.

Terminal Vibration VI (Imperial Slates)

March 19, 2018

Into the 90s, where the aftershocks of dubbed out post punk were continuing to live large. Right off the bat, Mark Stewart was the strange attractor.

Jah Wobble

February 20, 2018

Shaman of the bass, the legend lives on. 40 years pass by slowly, the bass still pulses on & on & on...