Well, it’s been about as crazy a week as there’s ever been in Boulder, and all of us at 1190 have felt the effects. The station is fortunately safe, but to everyone who’s been displaced from their homes (which includes myself), our hearts go to you. We hope that in this chaotic time, we can remain a stable source of what’s new and exciting in music while we all recoup from this madness.
London dance masters Factory Floor have finally released their self-titled debut after 8 years of perfecting their grinding synth style, and it easily may be one of the best albums to come off James Murphy’s DFA label yet. Taking a huge hint from the ruthlessly efficient beats of The Knife, Factory Floor bumps along with some of the most crisp drum sounds since New Order released Blue Monday. Loaded with industrial chanting and minimal yet powerful electronics, Factory Floor has made a terrific debut that hints at even greater things to come.
Back from the abyss with some new ideas in tow, MGMT has released the follow-up to their controversial sophomore album Congratulations with another collection of psychedelic ditties that throw their frat house beginnings to the wind. MGMT contains some of the jammiest tracks they’ve released yet, and like Congratulations, the songs tend to travel in several different directions before they settle on a conclusion. Diehard fans of MGMT’s more experimental side will find plenty to savor here.
Finally, Olympia, Wash.’sLake has been busy this year, releasing not one, but two albums, titled Circular Doorway and The World Is Real. Lake’s sound combines the best bits of Elephant 6-styled twee and chilled-out funk to create a unique sound that seems impossible not to smile at. Featuring guests like Karl Blau and R. Stevie Moore, Lake’s two-album rush is sure to charm the pants off fans of other K Records artists.
Other additions include:
The Dodos, Carrier.
Man Man, On Oni Pond.
John Wizards, s/t.
— Sam Goldner is the music director at Radio 1190. Email him at email@example.com.