DJ Q Sound Boy Connection (Party Like Us Records)
Fingers crossed that BBC Radio 1Xtra and Ministry of Sound Radio host DJ Q can start another British invasion with the sounds on his new EP. Sound Boy Connection, featuring Robbie Rue, launches into some grimy garage mixed with infectious dancehall vocals. There’s bouncing, grooving house with twinkling elemental nuances, old-school percussion lines and staccato piano on “Heaven.” Images of a party in its peak at a ’90s underground lounge come to mind with wonky, acid house bass lines on “Wreck It,” as does “Oh Yeah” with AC Slater, plus a dash of … is that a keytar? Delightfully funky either way! ★★★★☆
Diplo Revolution (Mad Decent)
Remember that Britney Spears video where everyone was all sweaty and humping up on each other? “I’m a Slave 4 U”? They were really listening to “Biggie Bounce” (featuring Angger Dimas and Travis Porter) from the future somehow. No, seriously, if you sync the two up like people do with Pink Floyd and The Wizard of Oz, it’s kinda weird. I think I even heard a Britney shoutout in the song. Nope, that’s not Rihanna on “Revolution” (though I could see them teaming up for a live version on an MTV award show), but the track does get support from Faustix and Imanos and Kai. The rest of the LP gets a bit aggressive, then some legit hip-hop, but overall, a welcome variety. ★★★☆☆
Lorde Pure Heroine (Lava/Republic)
With slow seductive rhymes reminiscent of Lana Del Rey–though her young age makes the saucy topics a bit more uncomfortable–she could be poised to be something big with a little added depth. With the success of “Royals” that seemed to be the case, but the ’80s Casio keyboard-esque beats become a bit of a sleeper, as do the languid vocals for much of the rest of the album. It’s worth a listen a few times, though, and grows on you. ★★★☆☆
Upcoming on Deanna’s Radar…
JAN. 14: The Crystal Method releases a new self-titled album and unlike my typical speculations that something will be good merely from a first single, I got a chance to check it out in full at the duo’s North Hollywood studio. It’s friggin’ amazing. They’ve still retained a signature TCM sound with rock elements, while pushing the boundaries of electronic music. Pre-order this baby.