Hybrid Classics (Distinctive Records)
A true test of a greatest-hits album is when you ask yourself, “Will I still listen to this today?” and answer, “Yes.” With the release of British electronic-music trio Hybrid’s Classics, one honestly can’t tell which tracks are from which decade—and that’s a good thing, especially since the group may have gone unnoticed before the EDM explosion in America. Including oldies but goodies such as “Dogstar” featuring Perry Farrell, through the fantastic new cover chosen by fans of Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy the Silence,” Classics runs the gamut of sweeping compositions (Hybrid also works on video-game and movie scores) to solid bass-y breakbeats. If you missed Hybrid the first time around, give this a listen, then dig deeper into their massive catalog. ★★★★☆
Zeds Dead and Omar LinX The Living Dead (EP) (Ultra)
Sounds like it’s getting ’hood up in Canada, at least when listening to the new offering from duo Zeds Dead, featuring rhymes from Omar LinX. If you like your tunes wicked and glitchy, prepare to get kicked in the face with the opening track “Crank,” straight through the dirty drops with a touch of badass guitar on “Cowboy.” But like many electronic artists, they’re all about the EPs, so The Living Dead abruptly ends after only four tracks. A blessing for those not into deep and wonky bass, a bummer for those wanting more. ★★★☆☆
Alex M.O.R.P.H. Prime Mover (Armada)
German DJ/producer Alex M.O.R.P.H. is a teddy bear with a heart full of trance music. And Prime Mover is a full-on assault: layers of synth chords; epically intense builds and drops; driving basslines hovering between 130-140 BPM; and vocals from Sylvia Tosun and Christian Burns. Standouts from the 17 originals include “Sucker Punch”—which will do just that—the airy “Monday Morning Madness” featuring Shannon Hurley, the banging title track and “Exstatic Avenger.” On a whole, Prime Mover is everything members of the #TranceFamily live for. ★★★☆☆
What albums are on Deanna’s radar …
AUG. 28: Rumor has it Alanis Morissette once peed in a bucket backstage between songs. Maybe she’ll do so again if touring in support of her eighth studio album, Havoc and Bright Lights. On the “Handlebars” front, Denver hip-hop rockers Flobots return with The Circle in the Square. SEPT. 4: Figures Canadian indie pop band Stars aren’t stopping by Vegas in support of The North, which totally sucks, but at least we can look forward to their new album. SEPT. 11: Yes, Bob Dylan is still alive and, yes, he’s still making music. According to Rolling Stone, the 10-song Tempest contains a tribute to John Lennon and a 14-minute song about the sinking of the Titanic. Hey, it’s Bob friggin’ Dylan, he can do whatever the heck he wants and we’ll still give it a listen.