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Dec 31

Moby - After

Moby - After

Opps, Moby continue to score me a little bit this time, haha. This is actually quite typical Moby but I proceed to like it anyway. Weird as usual but with a slightly disturbing female vocal this time. A lovely yet thought provoking video, is that about Japan’s nuclear plants crisis? 

rating:  3.5/5 stars
genre: electronica

 

Dec 31

Revisited: Beth Orton: Stars All Seem To Weep

Beth Orton - Stars All Seem To Weep (1999)

When I’m so f*cking sad, sometimes I think of this very neat sad song. I wish I can sleep underneath the stars, like I did when I was a child. 

rating: 4.5/5 stars
genre: electronica, folk, rock

 

Nov 24

Moby - The Right Thing

Moby feat. Inyang Bassey - The Right Thing

Slightly weird, strange, sad, downtempo and elegant, there seems not much breakthrough of Moby’s music, but he ratains his old magic and still captivating here. 

genre: electronica, ambient
rating: 3.5/5 stars
 
 

Jul 09

Darren Hayes - Talk Talk Talk

Darren Hayes - Talk Talk Talk

I still remember the time I bought that Savage Garden single, talk about how time flies by… Now Darren returns with this wonderful brand new single, actually it’s nothing too special, but then I can totally feel his emotion, his passion here, that’s enough for me to enjoy this song tremendously!! Nice, nice…

genre: electronica, pop, dance
rating: 4/5 stars

 

Jul 09

Björk - Crystalline

Björk - Crystalline

Oh yeah, she’s back! This gets me inspired and wanna get in touch with her mind. This is pretty and I’m a little too ecstatic over that ending, it’s actually very marvelous…!! :D

genre: electronica, minimalistic, experimental, breakcore
rating: 4/5 stars 



Jun 18

James Blake - Lindisfarne/ Unluck

James Blake - Lindisfarne*/ Unluck

Oh yeah, double A side, the one problem I have with his record is that it’s a little bit too repetitive for me, sometimes. I mean I don’t mind all the challenges he set up for his listeners, it’s just when you go to the center, you’re greeted with all these small, pretty but repetitive vocals. For times, I think I don’t mind to be brainwashed by them since they are pretty sweet and em, pretty, but other times, I still have doubts. But generally this is still an challenging but enjoyable album. Lindisfarne on the album is an two parts affair, this single is a combined edit of the two. It’s mild, it’s warm, but maybe a little bit nothingness-like for me, pardon for my cheesiness. Unluck on the other hand is an instant like though, yeah catchy enough for me, lol. I think “dubstep” is a little bit debatable, let’s just say it’s minimalist electronica to a new height.

* I have to warn you about the video for Lindisfarne, if you’re ok for some unpleasant, even disgusting visuals, then proceed…

genre: electronica, minimal, alternative, experimental, soul, dubstep
rating: Lindisfarne: 3.5/5 stars Unluck: 4/5 stars



Feb 15

Special/ Revisited: Comfort Tunes

If your heart and soul ever need comforting, I think these tunes suit the category.

Tori Amos - A Sorta Fairy Tale (2002)

I love Tori. She may have lost her fire, but I enjoy this calm Tori too. She’s just being herself, telling how she feels, whether it’s angry or pleasant. I have to say I prefer the album version though, the brilliance is extended.

genre: rock, pop
rating: 4/5 stars

Beck - Lost Cause (2002)

He’s quiry, I like that. This is mind soothing, lovely. This, however, comes as quite tamed, but I’m rather ok with it. :)

genre: folk
rating: 4/5 stars

Moby - Natural Blues (2000)

This comes from his 1999 mega album “Play”, so many wonderful things there. And this one is certainly comforting, with the use of some wonderful samples. It’s a little sad though, but I adore it, for some reason, this little song comes into my head from time to time. For the videos, I have to say I prefer the animated one, I like that slightly sad little fellow.

genre: electronica
rating: 4/5 stars 




Feb 05

Revisited: M.I.A. - Jimmy

Revisited: M.I.A. - Jimmy (2007)

Ok, let the celebration and exotic continues. Maybe people like her provocative side, to be honest, I like her fun, relaxed side which is fully reflected in this song. It’s such a strong, catchy, fun, exotic disco number I think many people will be immediately attracted to and move/ dance along. 

genre: disco, electropop, electronica
rating: 4/5 stars



Jan 24

Jamie Woon - Night Air

Jamie Woon - Night Air

This song has grown so much on me! I love that it’s so atmospheric and beautiful. Just like the song title, yes, it’s dark, but it’s breezy, gives out a weirdly pleasant feeling, his singing voice doesn’t even suggest that, but it has this feel. This is very elegantly done.

genre: dubstep, ambient, electronic, electronica, soul

rating: 4/5 stars



Nov 24

Patrick Wolf - Time of my Life

Patrick Wolf - Time of my Life

Love, Love Love, Clap, Clap, Clap, Clap, these are just all what I have to say about this wonderful, lovely, fantastic, magnificent, brilliant song, -ok, count these few more adjectives. Ok, a bit more: welcome back!!! :)

genre: indie pop, electronica, folktronica
rating: 4/5 stars