XLR8r's Scores

  • Music
For 305 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.1 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 305
305 music reviews
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The music grows in richness with ritual, an evolution from the material scarcity and obscurity of Basic Channel releases.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Space Is Only Noise might be one of the most ear-opening techno records in recent memory.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Looping State of Mind might just be the finest document of his craft yet.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As Seplacure takes form, a consistent emotional ground that exists somewhere between stoney reminisce and melancholic introspection is reached.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Glass Swords feels and sounds like a cohesive statement, and a strong one at that.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A brand-new EP on Smalltown Supersound that picks up where his last left off.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fin
    It's a little bit of everything, which is perhaps why ƒIN is such a rich, fulfilling listen.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's no doubt that Visions is an excellent 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.
    • 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.