Destructo, Higher EP (OWSLA/Boysnoize Records)
Offering deep bouncy beats and a head-bobbing groove with just enough wonkiness, Higher wakes up the senses with some tech-house goodness. The EP from the man behind the Hard Fest also includes remixes from Tommy Trash and a bit of trap territory from Brodinski for an extra dose of variety, though the extended mix shines through the strongest to keep your dancing shoes moving. As a bonus on the Higher EP, the driving ?2112? keeps things a bit funky for an underground party vibe. ★★★★☆
Pretty Lights, A Color Map of the Sun (Pretty Lights Music)
An ?A+? for effort goes to Pretty Lights for throwing the sample packs out and creating his own for a sonic adventure. That effort pays off in the form of a unique audio experience that found Pretty Lights composing, playing and recording music drawing from a century?s worth of genres, then pressing it all to vinyl to cut it up old-school for the resulting LP. A Color Map of the Sun spans the gamut of styles with a technique and flow reminiscent of early DJ Shadow, so dig in to this finely crafted musical journey. And if you want to dig even deeper, check out the bonus Live Studio Sessions from A Color Map of the Sun. ★★★★☆
Borgore, Legend EP (Buygore)
Strippers: Add Legend to your set, because Borgore?s bringing some grimy ass-shaking sounds with the first of a series of EPs. With an assist from Carnage and dance music singer Dev on ?That Lean,? Borgore once again hops from production to the mic for monotone rapping. Borgore sings on ?Legend,? with trap elements thrown in. The most EDM-friendly track comes in the form of ?Kill Them All? featuring Israeli pop star Adi Ulmansky, and then there?s ?Sonata in F Major? that sounds like a rejected Nintendo NES game soundtrack. Fans will love, but Borgore remains an acquired taste. ★★☆☆☆
Upcoming on Deanna?s radar ?
JULY 23: Gypsy punk became part of my musical admirations thanks to the indie flick Wristcutters: A Love Story. The sounds of Gogol Bordello may as well have been another star in the film and served as inspiration for the character Eugene. (You should check out the flick as well—Tom Waits busts out some acting chops.) Pura Vida Conspiracy will be Gogol?s latest offering. AUGUST 16: Expect some genius musical introspection today as electronic producer BT drops his ninth artist album, A Song Across Wires.