XLR8r's Scores

  • Music
For 299 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Awake
Lowest review score: 20 Audio, Video, Disco
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 299
299 music reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Tycho's new album only has eight songs on it, but each one is like its own laid-back journey through time, with probably the coolest dude ever as your spirit guide. That's like super classic album status right there.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Pink is a triumph and the new high-water mark for one of this generation's finest producers.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    the Norwegian superproducer has been intermittently working with Christabelle since 2001 and all the years of back-and-forth were clearly worth it, as Real Life is simply stellar.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The third full-length from Hendrick Weber maintains the high quality of previous efforts while pushing certain elements of his shoegaze-y, minimal-inspired techno sound further.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    In short, it is rare to find a producer who can craft many types of tracks so consistently well, but with You Stand Uncertain, FaltyDL has cemented himself as such.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's a fantastical story of aliens, spirits, and children told by one breathtakingly gifted artist, and it's utterly remarkable.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    For all of its turbulence and dislocations, R Plus Seven is an astounding thing to behold, a perfectly imperfect and downright breathtaking masterpiece.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the songs are still complex and full of countless moving parts, each melody and note plays a specific role, leaving There Is Love with a real clarity of vision.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Jones' voice is an instrument shaped by age, not youth, and Hard Way proves she's just hitting her stride.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Much like Four Tet's recent switch in focus towards club-friendly sonics, Caribou's Swim leaps into fresh, uncharted territory for the producer, but nonetheless retains the artist's unmistakably inviting and lovable style.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's an undefinable musical culmination of our collective conscious-reminding us that the more we've changed, the more we've stayed the same.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Space Is Only Noise might be one of the most ear-opening techno records in recent memory.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite (or maybe because of) the absence of Braxton, Battles has soldiered on into new musical territory, and discovered a place that is simultaneously confrontational and inviting, esoteric and playful, technical and infectious-and very, very good.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With Dedication, Zomby's first release for the legendary indie label 4AD, he's turned increasingly inward-and it's an entirely welcome trajectory.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Looping State of Mind might just be the finest document of his craft yet.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Glass Swords feels and sounds like a cohesive statement, and a strong one at that.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    That ability to present such harnessed disarray through fresh and exciting music makes Replica a compelling listen from start to finish and a brilliant new direction for Oneohtrix Point Never's sound.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As Seplacure takes form, a consistent emotional ground that exists somewhere between stoney reminisce and melancholic introspection is reached.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether you're an old fan of Drexciya or you've just arrived late to the party, Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller I is about as close to an essential compilation as you're going to get.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A brand-new EP on Smalltown Supersound that picks up where his last left off.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's no doubt that Visions is an excellent album.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fin
    It's a little bit of everything, which is perhaps why ƒIN is such a rich, fulfilling listen.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What they discovered lies beyond DJ mixes and radio rotations; it's their magnum opus.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Thanks to his savvy techniques and careful placement, his penchant for the far-out fringes of dance music doesn't seem weird at all, but delightfully intriguing.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Regardless of whether they're successful or not isn't quite the point; what makes Shaking the Habitual so important is that The Knife used an important moment in their own history to truly subvert the hierarchy that both the band and the album exist in. Thankfully, they also wrote some near-perfect music in the process.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Half of Where You Live is a considerably more rewarding album, one that creates lush, sophisticated, and disarmingly inviting music using the simple building blocks of sample-based beats and deeply personal musical storytelling.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether it's the muffled, unsettling synths that peer out from underneath the groove, the mannered and highly potent collision of seemingly incongruous drum patterns, or simply the masterful arrangement, it all adds up to make a record that's difficult to second-guess and lots of fun to unpack.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    More so than any of his other releases, Burial seems to have something to say throughout Rival Dealer, and that message helps tie together the record's diverse 28 minutes and give its three tracks the impact of a full-length album.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Adventurous but not selfish, intelligent but not difficult, a victory lap of sorts but hardly congratulatory, Terje's first album is astoundingly balanced and astonishingly broad, a wider serving of the man's artistic vision that ultimately proves just as satisfying as his single servings have in the past.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Instead of straight hip-hop, The Colossus is an omnibus record, swallowing brass-wielding collaborators, live instruments, hand-aged beats, and its creator's voice—all in service of a mission to unify RJ's pet genres via horn-blasted statements of intent fit for rollicking arenas ("Let There Be Horns"), menacing synthesizer pit traps ("A Spaceship For Now"), and intricate instrumentals.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Impressive in both scale and execution, Heartland succeeds not just due to Pallett's sizable talents, but his belief in his even larger ambition.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Jaga Jazzist transforms potentially icy sonics into warm, clever outbursts with apparent ease.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    After eight-plus years of releasing music, Junior Boys demonstrate handily with It's All True that they remain fresh, luminous, and highly relevant.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    What's likely to stick out first and foremost on the 10 tracks that comprise Black Up are the beats.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's that attachment to the Earth that makes Clams Casino's otherworldly hip-hop familiar enough to reach any true lover of beats.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Overall, Satin Panthers is an excellent new entry in the Hudson Mohawke discography, a case in which an artist stayed the stylistic course and improved on an already-successful formula.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The different styles explored throughout Carrier produce varying sonic results, but never fail to assure the listener that they are listening to one of the most emotionally rich electronic records of this year.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The producer has undoubtedly severed himself from his past work, and in turn, put himself in a class that few hold claim to.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Hauschildt's new opus is certainly just as captivating and varied as some of his band's [Emeralds] best work.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The music continually jumps between dubstep, house, techno, and beyond, almost never losing its propulsive motion. That kind of flow--matched with top-shelf tunes from around the globe--helps make Pinch's installment for Fabric's ongoing series an outstanding and even-handed display of contemporary soundsystem music that won't likely grow stale any time soon.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    When the strings rise into the mix as the song comes to a perfectly timed close, it's readily apparent that oOoOO's patience and time spent growing as a producer and a songwriter has paid off tremendously.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With this album, Slugabed firmly asserts himself as a first-rate producer, having turned in a debut LP that is short on subtleties, packed with triumphs, and hopefully telling of a career set to only continue impressing.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The music grows in richness with ritual, an evolution from the material scarcity and obscurity of Basic Channel releases.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Passion may be an ambitious record from beginning to end, but listening to it is a breeze.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Every selection here is strong, and though scholars may have heard the lion's share of these tracks already, this is a sturdy, enlightening gateway into a realm that isn't easily penetrable for those who weren't there.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Dark Crawler is the sound of Terror Danjah hitting artistic maturity.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    For those who seek out dancefloors in order to witness the unravelling of an electronic journey, this is one of only a handful albums this year to have delivered exactly that. Fewer still have done so with such distinctness.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    From the patient and methodical moments to the flashes of light and energetic dance music, the producers always seem to be in control, and following the path they take makes for a truly rewarding listen.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    In the end, Heliosphere is everything a techno LP should be, an effort that's not only a platform for delivering established sounds, but also an avenue for revealing new sides of the artist's production abilities and imagination.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Without necessarily bucking the trends of today, Koze has provided a complete picture of his truly singular outlook on dance music.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Needless to say, for the legions pining for another immersion in the aesthetic, Fabric 69 is a worthy companion to the crew's 2010 full-length opus, Feed-Forward.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Immunity is not for everyone, especially those who come to electronic music merely for its club-ready, dancefloor offerings. But for those who listen seeking to peer into sonic worlds that might not otherwise exist, Hopkins has created one which is rich with gorgeous detail and worth fully exploring.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Saginaw's clarity of vision permeates his new record, even during the brief lulls when the music seems to be taking a break to catch its breath, and makes it a resounding statement in his musical career.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    In the end, Virgins only adds to the artist's growing legacy; it's another triumph for Hecker that once again strikes a resounding chord that not many ambient records can.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Spurred by excellent, challenging production, the record maintains an adequate sonic distance from its inspirations, and the bonus disc's excellent selection of remixes fosters a dialogue between jungle, house, and techno's past and present.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Minor complaints aside, Hardcourage is an excellent effort, and, if the crossover attempts prove successful, it just might be the album that gets a wider audience talking about FaltyDL.