Dance Music

One Track Mind: Brian Eno + Karl Hyde, “Daddy’s Car” from Someday World (2014)

One Track Mind: Brian Eno + Karl Hyde, “Daddy’s Car” from Someday World (2014)

Just as much as the first track from Brian Eno’s forthcoming collaboration with Underworld’s Karl Hyde was girded by a doomy sense of portent, “Daddy’s Car” is a compulsively listenable ride — all scronky keyboard blips, ass-moving beats and late-night promise.

One Track Mind: Earth Wind and Fire, “Can’t Hide Love” from Essential (2014)

One Track Mind: Earth Wind and Fire, “Can’t Hide Love” from Essential (2014)

This sound, in the dead of night, comes rushing out of my radio — a tornadic gust of horns. Then there follows a devastatingly cool lyric, amid a suave and spacious groove. But who is it? 45 seconds in, I finally peg “Can’t Hide Love” as the new Earth Wind and Fire song; I knew Maurice White’s “yow” anywhere.

One Track Mind: Brian Eno and Karl Hyde, “The Satellites” from Someday World (2014)

One Track Mind: Brian Eno and Karl Hyde, “The Satellites” from Someday World (2014)

Slowly at first, and then with a tornadic gush, Brian Eno and Karl Hyde begin this collaborative journey. “The Satellites” begins with an almost imperceptible pulse, then synth and sax tangle and untangle — creating an undulating dissonance, before there emerges from these whispers a canny amalgam of Eno’s ambient ruminations and Hyde’s Underworld electronica.

Beyonce – Beyonce (2013)

Beyonce – Beyonce (2013)

Beyoncé’s eponymous fifth album took many by surprise with its release on December 13 via iTunes without any hype or promotion, but perhaps what’s most surprising – and exhilarating – about this release is the actual music

‘I was just fooling around with it’: New keyboard led to Hall and Oates’ most recent No. 1 hit

‘I was just fooling around with it’: New keyboard led to Hall and Oates’ most recent No. 1 hit

Hall and Oates’ most recent No. 1 single started as an experiment with a new synthesizer. It ended up atop the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks in December 1984, and — amazingly — appeared on four other charts, as well.

Slack Armada – Slack Armada (2013)

Slack Armada – Slack Armada (2013)

James Hrabak turns the suddenly resurgent shoegaze subgenre on its heels, then shoves it out on the dance floor, with a new self-titled, beats-focused EP.

Katy Perry – Prism (2013)

Katy Perry – Prism (2013)

A Katy Perry song is a lot like a fast food hamburger. Generally crafted by more people than necessary, it feels crafted a sort of bland perfect with just the right amount of pre-weighed toppings.

Lady Gaga – ARTPOP (2013)

I’d like to say that Lady Gaga (or is it Stefani Germanotta now?) is a very interesting person, making a bold attempt to fuse art with pop music, a resurrection of Pop Art…but I just don’t see it.

Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 (2013)

Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 (2013)

When Justin Timberlake returned earlier this year with The 20/20 Experience, one of music’s greatest showmen displayed his unflustered allure and delivered 70-plus minutes of “supper club experience complete with plenty of bubbly.”

‘He’s really proud of what we’ve done’: An update on Earth Wind and Fire’s ailing Maurice White

‘He’s really proud of what we’ve done’: An update on Earth Wind and Fire’s ailing Maurice White

As Earth Wind and Fire nears the two-decade mark without Maurice White as an every-day presence, it’s issued a return-to-form new disc — though their thoughts remain with the group’s founder.