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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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Kind of Blue Signed LP
In two studio sessions in the spring of 1959 Miles Davis recorded Kind of Blue, which would quickly solidify itself as the best jazz album of all time. A year later, in 1960, he signed a copy of the record for a fan—something he evidently never did...
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Henry Wolfe: Encino
Three years have brought out a weathered yet spirited side of Henry Wolfe. While the musician's debut LP Linda Vista (2011) was straightforward, almost too gentle even, with its conventional instrumentation and approach, the two original songs on...
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Kalimist K Boog Gives Funk a Modern Facelift
The words "hip-hop," "funk" and " Tel Aviv" usually aren't uttered in the same sentence, but one musician is making sure it will soon become commonplace. Daniel Kalimist has been flying under the radar for some time, DJing at local venues like Pasaz...
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Desmond & The Tutus: Enjoy Yourself
Home to rich diversity, a troubled yet storied past and the arguable center of African art and design, South Africa is a hotbed for creativity—from experimental electronic production duos to thriving design conferences with a global reach. Though...
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Thom Yorke: Tomorrow's Modern Boxes
Thom Yorke has long been disenchanted by the greedy antics of the modern music industry, so it comes as no surprise that he's distributing his new eight-track album, Tomorrow's Modern Boxes, via the internet through a new version of BitTorrent. Yorke...
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Tweedy: Low Key
Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and his son Spencer had us at "directed by Nick Offerman" with their new video for "Low Key," a song off their debut album Sukierae. For the visual narrative, the "Parks and Recreation" actor sends the duo on the road as traveling...
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Melvins: Brass Cupcake
Influential American heavy metal band Melvins haven't slowed down since forming in 1983, but perhaps their genre is less loved than in decades past. For their 20th studio album, Hold It In, the band is injecting some new blood into the mix by tapping...
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Otis Brown III: The Way (Truth & Life)
Drummers—we often forget—make some of the most interesting composers, especially in the realm of jazz, as they write from a fresh perspective that might not put such an emphasis on harmonies and melodies. Otis Brown III's "The Way (Truth & Life)"—the...
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Aphex Twin: Syro
13 years since his last album Drukqs, contemporary electronic music pioneer Aphex Twin officially released the new full-length Syro to the world this week. While the electronic music scene has significantly changed (making its way into the mainstream...
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Aphex Twin: Syro 13 years since his last album Drukqs, contemporary electronic music pioneer Aphex Twin officially released the new full-length Syro to the world this week. While the electronic music scene has significantly changed (making its way...
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Interview: Mr Twin Sister
The five members of the band Mr Twin Sister, armed with a name change and their own recently established label (bidding adieu to Domino), are finally letting go of an album three years in the making. And upon listening through the eight tracks in...
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Homeboy Sandman: Problems
Queens, New York's Homeboy Sandman is a true MC's MC. The University of Pennsylvania grad ditched law school to pursue his career in music after earning his stripes performing live in clubs and releasing mixtapes adored by hip-hop heads and industry...
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Christopher Owens: Never Wanna See That Look Again
In anticipation of his second solo album, the former lead singer of now-disbanded Girls, Christopher Owens, shared yet another track from the LP. "Never Wanna See That Look Again" has potential to be a sappy addition to an indie film's soundtrack...
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Mamas Gun: Red Cassette
For this week's #PrivateJam, we finally take our turn to share. Cool Hunting founder Josh Rubin (whose eternal jam is likely Shuggie Otis' "Inspiration Information") tells us he's recently become smitten with the London-based five-piece Mamas Gun...
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The Gotobeds: Poor People Are Revolting
The team at NPR Music has a serious knack for finding new talent, and this week they highlight that in their album stream of Poor People Are Revolting, the debut LP from Pittsburgh's energetic shredders, The Gotobeds. Described as "a rowdy, ramshackle...
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Kilo Kish: Locket
The imitable and charming Kilo Kish has returned with "Locket," off her Kitsuné-released Across EP. In her trademark dreamy style, Kish offers a chilled out track—her vocals floating atop the slowed-down beat. To match the song, there's now a video...
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Kilo Kish: Locket The imitable and charming Kilo Kish has returned with "Locket," off her Kitsuné-released Across EP. In her trademark dreamy style, Kish offers a chilled out track—her vocals floating atop the slowed-down beat. To match the song...
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Imogen Heap: Hide and Seek
The classically trained, Grammy-winning multi-instrumentalist Imogen Heap is best known for her 1998 album iMegaphone or early oughts songs like "Hide and Seek," but in recent years she's become more synonymous with her interest in modern technology...
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Fischerspooner: Odyssey
While traveling from Cape Town to north of Pretoria to perform at the Oppikoppi Festival as part of the Red Bull Studios Live program, South African duo Christian Tiger School took a break to select this week's #PrivateJam. The psychedelic hip-hop...
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David Bowie: Andy Warhol
Wednesday marked what would have been Andy Warhol's 86th birthday. In addition to his own masterpieces, the Pop Art legend had a hand in creating some of the music industry's most celebrated album covers—like The Velvet Underground's Nico, The Rolling...
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