Resident Advisor's Scores

  • Music
For 677 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1 point higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Biokinetics [Reissue]
Lowest review score: 36 Déjà-Vu
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 1 out of 677
677 music reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A standout record in an already peerless discography.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With nothing more at their disposal than techno's characteristically sparing palette, Dozzy and Neel have built something so rich that it has the feeling of a feature presentation.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Biokinetics has aged so well that it could easily pass for a new album. The production level is exceptional by today's standards, and it has more teeth than much of the music it inspired, especially contemporary dub techno, most of which sounds vanilla by comparison.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Box
    Gas is the sound of a man freeing his mind and allowing it to wander. To listen to Box is to seize that same opportunity.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While, in a sense, Room(s) is by definition an amalgamation of most of the trends and ideas floating around in the electronic music sphere at the moment, it sounds like nothing else, and its execution is so cutthroat and streamlined that it's nearly flawless.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Product is simply forward-thinking, flawlessly-produced electronic music that wants no more than to slap a grin on the dance floor.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though he's had plenty of strong releases in the past, this one has the inspired feeling of an artist truly finding his footing--a breakthrough, in other words.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not sequenced in simple chronological order, Livity Sound feels like a real album even when you know it's not. That's a testament to the unity of their aesthetic and the clarity of their vision, with three years' worth of tracks from three different producers all sounding like they could have been made in the same session.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As the dubstep/bass music continuum continues to splinter, recombine and reinvigorate itself ... Sepalcure seems to string all of these timbres and sub-sub-genres into a physically and emotionally bewitching take on post-everything dance music.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's this combination of shadowy unknowability and full-hearted melody that makes Pull My Hair Back such an intriguing listen, and certainly one of the year's best debuts.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The result is bone-chillingly gorgeous, right down to the feverish burst of pop strings that accompanies the final choruses.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even the most careful listener will be left wondering what it all means. Luckily, Boards Of Canada have laid out a riddle we won't tire of teasing out, embedded in a timeless sound unlike any other.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's peaceful and distantly serene, but with flickers of dissonance rubbing away at the edges. Those contrasting textures are part of what makes The Inheritors perhaps the year's most revealing and intriguing album yet.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Angels & Devils marks an evolution of the sound that made London Zoo a classic.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Another excellent long player to savor from Monolake.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sirens is his best record because it's both his most straightforward and most experimental, his densest and lightest.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sure, the LP has its eccentric moments, and it takes a long time to really get to know. But, as The Redeemer hinted and Black Metal proves, beneath all the YouTube sampling, bizarre press and one-off Russian blog releases, Blunt is a talented singer-songwriter with a keen ear for odd sounds.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Magnificently re-mastered... an exemplary introduction to the duo.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bronsert and Szary rarely break the mould here but it's instead one of the most accessible and effortlessly enjoyable dance music albums of the year.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Modern Jester is one of the most accomplished noise albums of the last several years. Excellent are the chances that it will go down as one of his very finest works.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With its intrepid nonconformity, masterfully undercooked programming and swagger, it's hard not to view Transsektoral as anything other than a resounding success.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Reform Club is full of conventional beauty; protracted strings and pads which soar, pulse, float or shimmer on a dub-tinged substrate.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is difficult to pick any more jewels off this dance floor diadem, making the most as it does of the long player context.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Their first record done entirely as a duo, and their most mature piece of music yet.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Where 2009's By The Throat was ruthless but exacting, this one feels genuinely unhinged--and that unpredictability makes it far more thrilling than any engineered suspense could have been.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    II
    Where Moderat sounded at times tentative and disjointed, II is in every regard a better and more well-rounded record. If there were no third Moderat album, this would stand as a definitive statement.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's bold, maybe even avant-garde, but from beginning to end it's raucous, barnstorming, chair-dancing fun.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In some ways it's arguably dubstep's first concept album, an expansive and visionary "what if," a dreamscape of a post-globalization, collapsed multicultural society where cultures collide uncontrollably.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The music on µ20 is equally a view into that mind and its peculiar tastes. Though he rarely gets the level of recognition and respect as his good friend and one-time collaborator Aphex Twin, Paradinas is a visionary, an incredibly talented producer and a savvy curator.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is poignant and ragged with suffering, but it doesn't dwell there. It is also bright, optimistic and euphoric.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Immunity is a journey to be savoured, revisited regularly in the knowledge that some new landmark will emerge each and every time.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In bold terms, this is quite possibly the commercial mix of the year.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fin
    Without a doubt an early contender for electronic album of the year.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's almost certainly the producer's most ambitious and most vital work since Untrue.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Now, in 2014, Vessel has given us one of the year's best electronic music albums, and it's hardly electronic.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Given the ubiquity of some of this material, It's Album Time is a little tricky to assess on its own merit. But with tracks like "Delorean Dynamite," "Johnny And Mary," and "Old Joy," there are certainly plenty of grandiose stretches to keep us satisfied.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    rje had another ace up his sleeve: It's the Arps, a glistening modern disco EP that, at the risk of splitting hairs, is probably his finest yet.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Taking touchstones from familiar genres and refiguring them into something completely new, it's like a microcosm of the label as a whole.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The album is quite possibly his most stirring and accomplished work to date.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What Barnes has done here is give us a full tour of a hidden place he only let us peek at before, a place that's even more breathtaking than Dagger Paths made it out to be.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's another triumph for Friends of Friends, and it's a breakthrough for a young producer finally emerging with an individual and inventive style previously only hinted at.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's not often one comes across an album that is somehow both more evolved and primitive than its predecessor, yet it's a trick Container has pulled-off with LP.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a fascinating mosaic in which every tiny detail lends colour and depth to a work of real, high-minded seriousness.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The result is a record that's sensually stark, with not one extraneous moment marking its naked contours.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    R.I.P. is the most enveloping and fully developed of his cultivated soundworlds yet.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It feels like a miniaturized epic, and it sees Mendez touch on all the established hallmarks of his already renowned sound, embellishing it here and there with grandiose flourishes.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like the phantom motion you feel laying in bed after long hours in transit, Themes for an Imaginary Film is bound to stick with you, drawing you in deeper with each turn of the ignition.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The image has no direct connection to the music (it was drawn in the '70s, before Halo was born) but it's intricate, strange and beautiful--much like the album itself.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The appeal of this LP lies in the adroit splicing of this aesthetic with that of dance floor techno, a combination which has the potential to be horrifically stale, sterile, smug—but ends up being anything but.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's one of the most engaging and gripping techno albums of the year anyway.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    These very much sound like live performances, and they're all the better for it. Short of seeing him in concert, Spaces is as close as you'll get to hearing Frahm at his best.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They massage the album's plentiful organic charges into a sonic puzzle with an almost symphonic reach, one that's as challenging, bounteous, and ultimately unknowable as anything you'll hear this year.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The album is incredibly rich from beginning to end, and totally unpredictable.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like most of his records, his self-titled LP shows a talent that stretches well beyond house music, weaving together funk, soul, hip-hop, jazz and R&B into a rich and unpredictable bricolage.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most fully formed and wholly unique record in his discography.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With KOCH, Gamble has found a canvas that's just the right size to fit everything on, to hold the whole beautiful thing up at once.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's so much blood and soul poured into Music for the Quiet Hour that it almost feels effortless. Along with the fascinatingly fragmented Drawbar Organ EPs, the box set presents what's either a closing chapter or a new beginning in the career of one of electronic music's most luminous illuminati.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    When Bruner's social conscience speaks up, the insights--spiced with slacker humour, free of sanctimony--are persuasive, even moreso when accompanied by an embrace of his flaws.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The LP hops between ideas and experiments in the tradition of the rock music double-album, and even within individual songs things are rarely straightforward.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Halo's records have always posed tricky questions, and Dust features her most complex and engrossing yet.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Arca's most accomplished work to date.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Some tracks, like "Mouth Mantra," simply feel overcrowded. The Haxan Cloak, who mixed the album, struggles to find clarity in busier moments. But the story, visceral and tragic, transcends these imperfections in the telling.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    This new LP is understated by comparison, with fewer jarring moments and more shifting grooves.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It channels the feeling of dancing all night to your favourite DJ in your favourite club, with an evening's worth of twists, turns, surprises and delights, packed into an 80-minute set that is as much of an artistic statement as any of Seaton's excellent records.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    There is a feeling of accomplishment throughout Invite The Light.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Science Fiction Dancehall Classics is a treasure trove for newcomers as well as On-U completists (there's a generous number of previously unreleased tracks), and a fascinating piece of dance music genealogy.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Black Origami can be intimidating: it's dark, relentless, and makes substantial demands on the listener. But it's also powerful and distinctive. In the world of rhythmic electronic music, nobody else is doing it quite like this.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Casual and understated as ever, Greenspan and Didemus seemed to be making a point: Big Black Coat isn't the triumphant return of Junior Boys, it's just the next chapter in an ongoing story.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Concrete Desert is a response to a real environment. But the album feels less specific to a given city. It seems instead like a parallel space, one that builds an impression of some future dystopia.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The album imagines pop as computer-generated architecture: vivid, plastic and physics-defying.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    AZD
    After the existential questions of Ghettoville, it feels unfussy and workmanlike. Which isn't to do it down: now that he's back to just getting on with it, Cunningham can once again produce mirage-like moments of beauty like nobody else.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Staring into a murky void, Thundercat has actually made his clearest music yet.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    It's a testament to Lennox's dexterity that these brief detours into soft introspection only enhance the wondrous breadth and vision of Panda Bear Versus The Grim Reaper.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    It's old, new and never boring.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    This is all standard Matmos; nothing here upsets their musical applecart. But the washing machine conceit gives their sample trickery a dramatic edge. It sometimes feels like we're descending deep into the innards of the machine.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    In composing a piece so well-defined yet so adaptable, Eno adds yet another page to ambient music canon.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Over its 20 minutes, the EP pushes dance music through violent twists and turns until it becomes disorienting and startling.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Third Law trades emotion for physical power and presence. Porter has figured out how to channel the aggression of his early material into the maturity and otherworldliness of his solo work, and it's as breathtaking as it is bruising.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Reassemblage is the finest LP yet to emerge from this diffuse scene, and it also brings a new set of ideas to the table.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Even if Have You In My Wilderness is Holter's most accessible record to date, it's riddled with enough puzzles, lyrical twists and delicate refinement to remain intriguing listen after listen.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    It may have taken him a long time to release a mix in this way, but the quality of DJ-Kicks makes it worth the wait. At 30 selections, the tracklist is remarkably long, but nothing feels rushed.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    There's an admirable level of refinement to Hubris, even as it also feels brilliantly alive and ever in the moment.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    A beautiful collection of tunes as striking as they are subtle.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    This is a record of great technical skill and imagination, and one that's also nonetheless soulful and sincere.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    On EARS, Smith emerges as a novel, naturalistic and, yes, pop-savvy voice wielding an instrument known for esoteric experimentalism.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    "Junkies" is the album's only weak moment. The others, while never delivering the thrills of "Six Figures" or "Solemn Days," slowly reveal a different kind of charm.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    This is machine music for a machine-ruled future made by someone who truly loves machines.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Nozinja Lodge is joyous, colourful dance music from one of the electronic scene's most eccentric and promising personalities.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Four hours of dense, bewildering and occasionally fun electronic music, elseq 1-5 is a logical next step into the unknown for two pioneers.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Art Angels wipes the fog from her lens and lays out her vision, clear and uncompromising.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    What Burton nails on Communion is how to fold in sounds from all over--electronic music and the real world--to make powerful and terrifying music in 2015. If the club is a shelter from an oppressive and dangerous society, then Communion is what waits outside.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Tthe album as a whole is a step forward for Blunt. Though the music isn't his most gripping, he's never achieved such a powerful synthesis of sound, concept and character.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    The second Floorplan album feels triumphant enough to bear the title Victorious. It's a stellar follow-up to Paradise.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Some portions of Strands are so calming that it's hard to stay focused on Hauschildt's expertly woven details. But the album doesn't just seek to relax its listeners.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    What's completely clear about All The Right Noises is that it's a highly personal album. In his exploration of them, Flügel makes these non-spaces his own.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Jlin has plenty to say, and she has a remarkably strong and distinctive voice with which to say it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    At almost 70 minutes, Where All Is Fled may take a few unnecessary detours across its 14 tracks, but it's ultimately Hauschildt's most cohesive work. Here, he's matched his well-established talents as a composer of cosmic ambient with a new depth of artistic direction.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Safe is an incongruous blend of calm and anxiety. It's also full of raw human emotion.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    You can spot similarities and name-check influences throughout, but Principe Del Norte still stands as Hermansen's most distinctive and satisfying record to date.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Since the beginning, DJ-Kicks has been about finding unique takes on this craft. Kozalla's 50th instalment more than lives up to this tradition.