Underworld - BarkingUnderworld released their eighth album, and things seem to be slowing down. A slew of producers have their spoons in this stew and results are somewhat disappointing. The album starts strong up to new drum-n-bass-floavored single Scribble. But after that it's more of the same, but not as good. Karl Hyde is sounding more and more like a disco David Byrne (which is not necessarily bad), but he's sounding tired too.
On the other hand, Robyn is proving to be the woman with a plan. The release of Part 2 from her Body Talk project delivers another solid set of pop pills with a hip-hop, hardcore sensibility that sets the Swedish pixie apart. She ended the last Body Talk with an acoustic version of Hang With Me, which is pumped up with beats on Part 2 (which also ends with an acoustic version...) The songs are fresh and Robyn sounds confident wether she's rapping or singing ballads -- or having a duet with Snoop Dogg.
DVAS - Society
But my most recent favorite is this release by Toronto-based DVAS. The Canadian dance group has served up a healthy slice of disco beats, 80s synths and melodic electronica. Lead single Society is a synthpop gem and elevates their game.