I think most of us would agree that electronic music is the type of tune-age that’s been gaining the biggest holding this year. It’s a genre that intimidates me. I really don’t know why, but until recently, I was utterly convinced that I was too uncool to like music with so much synth, music I might otherwise classify as “unnatural” or just not worthy of mentioning because I was sick of hearing it at sweaty parties. Thus, I tend to return to my safety blanket of favorite albums, most hailing from circa 2008.
Some anonymous promoter prompted me to decide that it was time to face my fear and listen to some frighteningly electronic music from 2012. About a month or two ago, I finally made the musical foray into this year – The Year of Electronic Music – thanks to an email that included the song “Ritual” by Blood Diamonds. I want to bow at the feet of Blood Diamonds – hell, I want to bow at the feet of the promoter who floods my radio inbox every week. I listen to this song non-stop. I know n o t h i n g about this kind of music, except that it is perfect.
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Another recent fix comes from Cherub, with “Doses and Mimosas.” A friend sent me this song during my radio show on Thursday, and even as I was playing Sharon Van Etten on air, I cranked the volume of this track in the studio and had a one-person dance party. I will never be able to decide how I think this compares to “Ritual,” but I will say that it prompted me to find Cherub’s entire discography.
The song starts a bit slow, but it becomes real amazing real fast.