NOW PLAYING: A Roundup of Record Reviews, Featuring Autechre, Baroness and the ‘Milky Disco’ Series

John Baizley of Baroness

Here’s what was on self-titled‘s office stereo today:

The Artist/Album: Autechre, Move of Ten (Warp, 2010)

The Songs In a Couple Sentences: While some people have referred to Move of Ten as an EP, we like to think of it as a reasonable retort to the overwhelming crazy quilt compositions of Oversteps. This is about as funky as factory floor music gets.

The Artist/Album: Various Artists, Milky Disco III: To the Stars (Lo Recordings, 2010)

The Songs In a Couple Sentences: One of the world’s strongest neo-disco compilations delivers yet another essential entry in their bar-setting series. This one offsets a couple familiar names (Black Devil Disco Club, Soft Rocks) with a host of fresh blood (Moscow, Brassica, Ichisan). One bonus cool point can also be awarded for the inclusion of Oneohtrix Point Never, whose “Astral Project T.I.N.A.” serves as a chill-out room chaser at the end of the Tunnel.

The Artist/Album: Baroness, Blue Record (Relapse, 2009)

The Songs In a Couple Sentences: Well that’s settled–between these guys, Mastodon, and Kylesa, us Northerners are now on notice in the pushing-things-forward department. And don’t even bother arguing with us over whether or not this is truly metal anymore or not. Frankly, we don’t care.