Mixmag's Scores

  • Music
For 189 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 78% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 19% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 78
Highest review score: 100 Order of Noise
Lowest review score: 60 F.M. Sushi
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 0 out of 189
189 music reviews
    • 77 Metascore
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    Order Of Noise creates an atmosphere akin to a vast thunder-cloud thick with heavy, window-rattling vibrations and sharp, sudden jolts of electricity.
    • 79 Metascore
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    Put simply, a genius at work.
    • 76 Metascore
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    Producer Nigel Godrich has made of this a modern masterclass--and one that sets the bar for collaborations extremely high.
    • 79 Metascore
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    Nostalchic’= is the record you want to be listening to during the afterglow of good sex or a perfect ecstasy trip.
    • 75 Metascore
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    Once you delve in you’re taken on a guided tour through the duo’s illustrious back catalogue in a quite majestic way.
    • 64 Metascore
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    It’s another master stroke from Cosmin. Faultless.
    • 82 Metascore
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    Bold, brilliant and beautiful.
    • 81 Metascore
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    An album that perfectly epitomises the new wave of house music--and may even be its peak.
    • 75 Metascore
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    The most exciting thing about Comfort is the sense that this is an artist who has only scratched the surface of her talent.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As cute and quirky as the band themselves, this is instantly up there with LNT mixes from Air and Lindstrøm.
    • 83 Metascore
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    'All I Need’ and ‘Simulrec’ are highlights in what is a confident and mesmerising debut from Avery, one that deserves to go down as one of the best of 2013.
    • 79 Metascore
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    A thrilling creative renaissance on so many levels.
    • 79 Metascore
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    There’s footwork based on deep, soulful sensuousness and hip hop wooze as well as face-melters, making this the finest, most engaging example of footwork we’ve heard yet.
    • 88 Metascore
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    A vastly resourceful and well-structured opus by a true master of horizontal stylings.
    • 81 Metascore
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    Lone tunes are nothing if not growers--but there’s no question that this is one of our best artists on the form of his life.
    • 78 Metascore
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    It’s easy to pick out highlights, but every single one delivers something different and equally fantastic.
    • 72 Metascore
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    Ex
    It’s an altogether different beast: a gigantic, wondrous thing to get lost in.
    • 66 Metascore
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    He’s not lost any of his individuality, with the same rich layering, eerie but enticing voices and general sense of five-dimensional spiritual uplift that ‘Outmind’ had.
    • 86 Metascore
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    It’s the surge of creativity from the US that’s making for delicious new music indeed.
    • 86 Metascore
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    It has none of the deliberate pratfalls or raspberries he’s prone to. Rather, it’s entirely welcoming.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Xen
    Xen is decidedly playful, its alien sound palette used to conjure surreal songs that are melodramatic and nursery rhyme-like.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The way it evolves is engrossing; from the get-go you’re submerged in thunderous kicks, alarming bleeps and juddering basslines, and what makes it even more impressive is that much of it was created on the fly.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    936
    It's an all-encompassing experience ideal for Mixmag readers seeking transportation to a Balearic state of bliss.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A brilliant, breathlessly exciting, sunshine-dappled album of melodic, electronic alt-pop.
    • 71 Metascore
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    Opener 'Halo' finds Albarn at his melancholic best, while 'K-Town' demonstrates a vitality that often seems missing from African music in its WOMAD-friendly guise.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Wiley's finally made the album that his talent warrants.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You'd have to be fairly joyless not to find the lighthearted lyrical content and unifying party vibes infectious.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Their second album has a cosmic disco groove ('The Following'), thought-out harmonies ('The Unknown Faces at Father James Park') and electro- pop moments ('The Right One'), creating the kind of warm glow you may get from a house party in a log cabin.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dillon's rustling electronics plink, twitch and occasionally spin out, set apart by a cutesy vocal style and eccentric lyrics that sound a bit like a baby-voiced Kate Bush.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Glasgow quartet have put their talent for irresistible hooks to good use and come up with a solid new LP that splices towering post rock with potent dancefloor sensibilities
    • 70 Metascore
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    All in all, hugely ambitious enjoyable fun.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Most electronic acts, when asked to sound-track a film, dump pop sensibility in favour of atmospherics, but we're happy to report that, as astute players for over a decade, Air have gone the other way: to the moon and back.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nearly 30 years in the game have not withered them a jot.
    • 60 Metascore
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    It's imaginative and endlessly intriguing.
    • 75 Metascore
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    A welcome 40-minute excursion indeed.
    • 67 Metascore
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    They forge a magicalworld of trippy vocal electronica.
    • 68 Metascore
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    An album that is as melancholic as is it banging.
    • 71 Metascore
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    The Keychain Collection is a sensuous LP of love songs and well engineered instrumentals.
    • 75 Metascore
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    While the bold brush strokes of Personality may alienate some hardened purists, it may just turn out to be the defining release of Scuba's career.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's rare an album creates a world so weird yet so coherent and absorbingly musical, but DVA has done it here; the only reasonable response is to take a deep breath and dive in.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The results are atmospheric, rough around the edges but captivating, unique and extraordinary.
    • 68 Metascore
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    Black Is Beautiful is nigh-on indescribable--in a very good way.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    He's gone several steps further away from standard dance structure and into abstraction and ambience here – and it's all the better for it.
    • 70 Metascore
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    Dive in and experience Slugabed's amazing imagination for yourself.
    • 77 Metascore
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    It's the smart weaves in and out of expectation--the jolts, the swerves--that make it an instant classic.
    • 69 Metascore
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    Absolutely sterling work, very possibly the most consistent album yet from the duo, and not a star guest in sight.
    • 82 Metascore
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    This deft new album [is] a delight.
    • 67 Metascore
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    Smoky, slow- paced, disco soul with Bee Gees-style falsetto harmonising, it's the type of grown-up pop Scissor Sisters can pull off like few others.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fixers--a new five-piece experimental pop act from Oxford--have what it takes to enter the fray.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Prepare to get emotional and elevated in equal measures.
    • 75 Metascore
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    What you get here is more of the same star-crossed rave-pop.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's kind of unexpected, but Brackles has created a sunny storm.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    [An] ambitious, oddball, lush, relentlessly sexy electro-funk and twisted disco record.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sometimes brilliant, often infuriating, it's a must-check nonetheless.
    • 69 Metascore
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    Slightly dark and just a little experimental, this is quality, innovative, of-the-moment dance music.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The result is skull-crushing, claustrophobic and wonderful.
    • 84 Metascore
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    This is street-tough tech-house, happy to wear its hip hop, jazz, disco and Latin influences on its sleeve.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It arguably only packs one real standout track, but Cellar Door is still a refined and fluid long-player.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thanks to the string 'n' bass-fuelled opener 'Hood Wink', the Lykke Li-ish 'Don't Go' and the super-slow marriage of synths 'n' rave on the title track, these '...Gardens' continually bear fruit.
    • 71 Metascore
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    Nick Weiss and Logan Takahashi's second coming finds the youngsters exploring a more symphonic sound.
    • 85 Metascore
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    The middle section may lean a little too heavily on balladry, but if you're looking for 2012's most sophisticated pop star, you may just have found her.
    • 78 Metascore
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    Beams represents a cerebral and well-balanced opus that could well represent a peerless innovator at the absolute pinnacle of his legacy.
    • 67 Metascore
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    It's certainly more nuanced and wide-ranging. It's all the better for it.
    • 75 Metascore
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    The effect is one of hypnosis and seduction, a type of black magic boogie that acts as the perfect catalyst for moments of intense intimacy.
    • 79 Metascore
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    While album three may require a reboot from The XX, that's for another day. Right now, when it comes to fusing indie rock and dance, no one pulls it off quite as elegantly.
    • 70 Metascore
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    An album of magic and wonder from the mystical mavericks of Norwegian disco.
    • 66 Metascore
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    For all its varied elements is all too clearly the expression of the demented but coherent vision of one man. You will find no better way to fry your mind this year.
    • 82 Metascore
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    Sebenza ranges and explores, opening sonic doors that deserve more regular use.
    • 59 Metascore
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    Having always been a master at transcending genres, he makes sure his new album includes something for every musical taste.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By going back to the first principles of house he's built something very new and very wonderful.
    • 71 Metascore
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    The sound of a master at work.
    • 67 Metascore
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    [Ridha's] third studio album is a reliable journey into thrashing, powerful and industrial electro and techno.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whether its impish character makes for a consistently engrossing listening experience is questionable, but it has moments of brilliance.
    • 76 Metascore
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    Whether doomily atmospheric or dissonant like 'Insulin', Crystal Castles successfully nail it for the third time running.
    • 74 Metascore
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    The whole thing feels vast, a lunar soundscape ripe for exploration.
    • 52 Metascore
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    Call their style what you like, this is a luscious record.
    • 76 Metascore
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    Strangely fascinating.
    • 75 Metascore
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    A haunting memorial.
    • 79 Metascore
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    Arc
    Everything Everything hit their targets with aplomb.
    • 73 Metascore
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    An album based on the carillon, a peal of bells played using a keyboard similar to a church organ, fused with gentle synth phrases, motorik rhythms.
    • 70 Metascore
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    Soulful, grown-up, dancey synth pop is hard to do well, but Toro Y Moi nails it.
    • 69 Metascore
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    This album trades in bleakness, but there’s beauty in it.
    • 69 Metascore
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    Put intellectual conceits aside and Untogether’s dense, throbbing undercurrent, a soundtrack to some alternative dancefloor, proves alluring.
    • 73 Metascore
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    Tender, beautifully melancholy urban electronica.
    • 71 Metascore
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    While 2010’s Compass--produced by Beck, and festooned with stellar guests--was about electronic folk and scuzzy pop, this new record’s got the funk.
    • 79 Metascore
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    It’s a place where house music melts into a joyous, shimmering gloop.
    • 75 Metascore
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    It’s not perfect--a couple of tracks slightly overdo the asthmatic-sounding compression--but mainly it’s a really impressively consistent and well-structured listen, and definitely worth the wait.
    • 56 Metascore
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    It finds the Welshman departing even further from his garage roots in favour of a more visceral warehouse sound.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not always easy, but definitely worth it.
    • 68 Metascore
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    A charming, optimistic LP, delivered with a smile.
    • 71 Metascore
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    It’s sassy, saucy, sexy and attitudinous, and though you’ve heard a lot of it before, Lady hits the spot more often than it misses.
    • 84 Metascore
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    Mastered by Berlin’s leading engineer Tobias Freud, the craftsmanship is simply untouchable, but the absence of any absolute stormers creates a slight shortfall.
    • 67 Metascore
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    The tomfoolery may alienate some listeners, but across all genres of music, few concept albums have been crafted with such a level of infectious invention.
    • 82 Metascore
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    He’s made a motherf***ing exciting record, that’s for sure.
    • 73 Metascore
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    The finest moment is ‘Fantasie Mädchen’, a manic banger on which Gudrun Gut provides borderline psychotic vocals.
    • 65 Metascore
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    While it could have been clipped of a couple of tracks, overall the devil is in the glitchy, Fever-ish new details--and Dave has rarely sounded better.
    • 75 Metascore
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    It’s an accomplished record.
    • 83 Metascore
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    The guest list on Amygdala proves his pull, boasting marquee names to help Koze construct a dense, intense and highly individual album of nuanced house.
    • 82 Metascore
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    It’s intense, ambitious and, in places, uneasy listening, but at the core of Overgrown lies unalloyed beauty.
    • 71 Metascore
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    Overall, the hybrids hold together: as their No. 1 single ‘Feel The Love’ has shown, this may well be an experiment with the mainstream that pays off big time.