Adventure Club Calling All Heroes (Part 1) (BMG)
Sure, Adventure Club is often categorized as dubstep, but the Calling All Heroes EP branches out beyond gritty basslines. Take “Gold” featuring Yuna or “Wonder” with The Kite String Tangle highlighting pretty piano lines and an ethereal vibe. Both tracks are an amalgamation of genre elements from trance and house to bits of electro. “Crash” digs back into more familiar elements of dubstep, but the twist the Canadian duo puts on it is a more mature and cultivated sound for added depth into the genre, proving you don’t have to stick to one sound for a respectable offering. ★★★★☆
Christian Burns Simple Modern Answers (Armada)
If you want to put your boy-band past behind you, team up with the biggest names in electronic music. That’s exactly what singer Christian Burns (formally of BBMak) has done with his first solo album. Armin van Buuren, Paul Oakenfold, Ferry Corsten, BT, Paul van Dyk, Marco V, Alex M.O.R.P.H. and more all have collaborations with Burns on Simple Modern Answers. Embracing the more pop-y side of electronic-dance music, the whopping 18 tracks are perfect for the masses or a group sing-along even though they aren’t particularly original. ★★★☆☆
Datsik Let it Burn (Firepower Records)
Filthy, grimy, wonky beats. The latest offering from Canadian DJ/producer Datsik should be played at a loud volume on a kick-ass stereo with massive subwoofers so you can feel the bass deep in your core. There’s obviously a grip of dubstep, but Datsik mixes it up on the vocal side that delves into a dancehall vibe on “East Side Swing,” collaborates with Georgia Murray on “Hold it Down” and picks up the pace when teaming up with Bais Haus on “Closer to the Sun.” If you want to check it out for yourself, Datsik’s label is giving fans the option to buy it via iTunes or download it for free at FirePowerRecords.com. ★★☆☆☆
Upcoming on Deanna’s radar…
Oct. 29: The holidays are coming, and nothing represents the holly-jolly spirit like a punk band. At least Bad Religion hopes so when Christmas Songs drops on this date. Nov. 12: The Deftones’ Chino Moreno along with Far guitarist Shaun Lopez release their side project’s new album titled †. Yup, just a cross. But being that the band name is ††† (i.e. Crosses), that makes a little more sense–and a bit more of a pain to Google.