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Record of the Month Club
For anyone with a burgeoning vinyl collection, it can be hard to know what the next step should be when filling in the gaps. With Vinyl Me, Please, a team of music lovers makes that decision for you—with special editions of contemporary classic's like...
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Wall-Mounted 12" Record Holder
Album art has always made a statement about the music within or those who produced it. Vinyl collectors know this and, with Jeremy Porter's walnut wood wall-mounted record holder (with a hand-applied oil finish), one's favorite can be constantly on...
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Prince 4Ever
With unreleased music (including the stunning "Moonbeam Levels" which was recorded in 1982 during the 1999 sessions), a posthumous 40-track album by Prince, titled Prince 4Ever, is available on CD or mp3 now. With some of the beloved musicians most...
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Flamingosis: Bright Moments
New Jersey-based Flamingosis (aka Aaron Velasquez) released his gorgeous record Bright Moments a month ago. The sample-based album, which the artist worked on for several years, features a lush, layered sound that's part hip-hop and part funk, with...
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Solange: A Seat at the Table
Since announcing new music earlier this week, Solange Knowles just released her lush and thoughtful album A Seat at the Table. Knowles has been working on the record for four years, and the result is powerful, soulful and tender—with a little romance...
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Carly Rae Jepsen: Emotion Side B It will come as no surprise that Carly Rae Jepsen's E•MO•TION Side B (a collection of eight songs that didn't make it onto her powerhouse 2015 album) is an '80s-influenced delight. Available to stream on Apple Music...
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Vulnicura Live Boxset
If you couldn't catch Björk on tour performing her heartbreak-to-healing Vulnicura, the Icelandic artist has collected her favorite performances into a live album, plus a few classics like "Wanderlust." The luxury edition boxset includes a double LP...
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Noise Patterns by Tristan Perich
Sound artist Tristan Perich has long been interested in stripping art down to an elemental level to explore randomness and order (catch his drawing machine in this 2006 Cool Hunting video). To listen to his 2004-2005 album1-Bit Music, one plugged...
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Radiohead: Burn the Witch A puppet man tours a picturesque village, full of other seemingly benign puppet people—but something strange is afoot. Soundtracking this miniature movie (an homage to the 1973 cult film "The Wicker Man," except perhaps for...
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Conran Shop Launches New Music Selection
The Conran Shop's selection of desirable furniture (including their own in-house brand, which finds inspiration in the spirit of Brazil this season) down to unique, easy-on-the-wallet kitchenware will have you furiously drafting dream home Pinterest...
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Best of CH 2015: ListenUp
This year, musicians protested through shouts and rhymes, exposed painful wounds, gave the middle finger to haters and, most of all, perfectly captured the essence of the here and now through their songs. In no particular order, here are 12 musical...
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Major Lazer feat. Wild Belle: Be Together Since debuting their album Peace is the Mission at the Grammys this February, Major Lazer (created by record producer Diplo) has had a big 2015. While their album is already widely known for the single...
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Slum Village: Yes
Detroit-based collective Slum Village made their 12-track album Yes available to stream in its entirety this week. Featuring artists like Bilal, Black Milk, BJ the Chicago Kid and hip-hop royalty De La Soul, the record credits the late, great Jay Dee...
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Shura: White Light With much-adored heartache confessionals like "Indecision," "Touch" and "2Shy" under her belt, UK-based singer-songwriter Shura switches things up a bit with her latest. "White Light" is a seven-minute jam that boosts the '80s...
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Bilal: Satellites
In his first record since 2013's beautiful A Love Surreal, NYC-based singer/songwriter Bilal is set to release In Another Life on 30 June. From the Adrian Younge-produced album (which will feature Kendrick Lamar, Big K.R.I.T. and Kimbra) comes the...
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B.B. King: Guess Who (Live at Sing Sing Prison 1972) The legendary B.B. King passed away yesterday and his heart-rending blues will be truly missed. Regarded as one of the world's most significant guitarists, King leaves a career that spanned decades...
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Shit Robot feat. Reggie Watts: Where It's At Irish DJ and DFA Records regular Shit Robot (aka Marcus Lambkin) collaborates once again with the talented Reggie Watts for the single "Where It's At." Watts pokes fun at the historic Chicago dance genre...
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Singles Club Year Two
These days, many see vinyl records as coveted relics of interest for a niche audience, though in fact international sales hit a two-decade high in 2014 with six million LPs sold in the US alone. While some chalk this up to a widespread vintage fetish...
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Björk: Vulnicura
Fans were surprised with a two-month early official release of Björk's new album Vulnicura (her first since 2011's Biophilia) after it was leaked online. The experimental Icelandic artist describes her ninth studio album as a "complete heartbreak album...
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Panda Bear: Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
In an interview with Clash, Noah Lennox—aka Panda Bear—opens up about his almost non-process process for creating his fifth studio album, Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper. Citing '90s hip-hop and R&B as influences, and sampling material from Debussy...
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Best of CH 2014: ListenUp
As we bid adieu to 2014, we take a look back at the hundreds of new songs and albums (and even our own 4/20-themed playlist) we shared with our readers. While we said goodbye this year to a few music legends who have shaped today's contemporary sound...
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D'Angelo and The Vanguard: Black Messiah D'Angelo released an incredible new album, Black Messiah, and not only is it a beautiful, thoughtful and soulful, it's also poignantly timely. Dent May: I'll Be Stoned For Christmas Mississippi-based Dent...
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D'Angelo and The Vanguard: Black Messiah
Fourteen years since his last record, D'Angelo has finally released his incredible new album, Black Messiah. Not only is it a beautiful, thoughtful and soulful album (as always expected from the singer/songwriter/instrumentalist), it's also poignantly...
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Top 100 Vinyl Releases of 2014
London's The Vinyl Factory has published their Top 100 Vinyl Releases of 2014, and as expected from this annual treat, it's a penetrating look at the year's 7”s, 10”s, 12”s, EPs, LPs and box sets. Many of the artists we've covered throughout our year...
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Theo Parrish: Be In Yo Self
Music might be Detroit's longest lasting export after all. As one of the shining stars of the Detroit Techno scene, Theo Parrish's unique blend of funk, soul and deep disco cuts has won him devotees the world over. "Be In Yo Self" is an epic 13-minute...
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