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William Onyeabor Box Sets
Much of Onyeabor's identity remains a mystery, but crate-diggers have been fans for years, and 2013 saw Luaka Bop finally bring his songs to the (curious) masses. Discovering Onyeabor's music is like being let in on a very special secret. Rich with...
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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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Snoop Dogg: In 3 Records
West Coast OG rapper Snoop Dog could never lose the street cred he so deserves, but his recent foray into reggae left many thinking the hip-hop legend has lost his edge. Leave it to London's beloved radio host Benji B to remind everyone why we should...
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Danny Brown & Mndsgn: Sweeney Song
Everything Detroit's hip-hop veteran Danny Brown drops is worth a listen. Teaming up with Philadelphia producer MNDSGN, Brown released "Sweeney Song" as a part of a new project by former hip-hop blogger Sweeny Kovar (known for his heady hip-hop site...
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Francis and the Lights: Like a Dream
In advance of their 25 November EP drop, Francis and the Lights have released a magical new video for their smooth lead single, "Like a Dream." In one take, charismatic frontman Francis Starlight dances his way, with signature style and fluid moves...
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Thelonious Monk: Paris 1969 A never before released concert film and audio recording of Thelonious Monk's late-career concert at the Salle Pleyel in Paris will finally be made available to the public on 25 November from Blue Note Records. Monk...
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Justin Timberlake: Summer Love
The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards are taking place in Brooklyn tonight, a first in the show's 30-year history. This past week has been a roller-coaster of rumors involving Justin Timberlake, who will be receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award...
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Zero 7: On My Own
After a four-year hiatus, Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker of London-based duo Zero 7 have released a new 12" white label "On My Own," featuring a vocalist they've never worked with before: Danny Pratt. That's not all that's new; the trip-hop duo—with...
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Megadeth: Holy Wars
For this week's #PrivateJam, Kenny G gave us his own guilty pleasure hit. Our woodwind spirit animal explained that after taking his son to one of their shows years ago, he's still hair-over-heels for Megadeth's "Holy Wars." The band's #1 hit featured...
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George Duke: Reach Out
Famed jazz funk keyboardist George Duke passed away on 5 August 2013 at the age of 67 and his memorial service—which took place this past Monday—included performances from Stevie Wonder and Chaka Khan. When Duke passed away, the ripple through Twitter...
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Parquet Courts: You've Got Me Wonderin' Now
The four-piece band from New York has a raw punk sound that could easily have been found on the Tony Hawk Pro Skater soundtrack; the recorder line on Parquet Courts' newest single, "You've Got Me Wonderin' Now," is a resonating blast from the past...
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Parquet Courts: You've Got Me Wonderin' Now The four-piece band from New York has a raw punk sound that could easily have been found on the Tony Hawk Pro Skater soundtrack; the recorder line on Parquet Courts' newest single, "You've Got Me Wonderin...
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Cool Hunting Video Presents: Bonde do Rolê
This video visits DJ Gorky and Ana Bernardino of the Brazilian band Bonde do Rolê on a beach in Rio. We also get an impromptu bedroom performance by the duo, along with some insights into their concert style, influences and the origins of their...
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The Heavy: Great Vengeance and Furious Fire
By happy accident I recently caught the amazing sounds of The Heavy on a BBC radio live session and almost had to stop the car for fear of crashing with the thrill of it. Incredibly rich, funky and, well, appropriately heavy music; the lead singer...
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Flavorpill's Planetarium Party Ticket Giveaway
Flavorpill's One Step Beyond Party is taking over the American Museum of Natural History once again this upcoming Friday, 14 September 2007, this time with Bonde Do Role, Plastic Little and King Britt. After a short summer hiatus, the party comes...
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Heya Hifi Records: Music and Food
Have you ever wondered what Giles Peterson likes to cook for his wife after a long day traveling the globe, deejaying and being a musical tastemaker for all the world? Try Spaghetti and Sea Urchins?! Answering these questions, the dapper pair that...
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Antibalas: Security
Security is the first ever Afrobeat soundtrack. Irreverent, hip, rough, political, moody and soulful, it's like an afro-funkier Curtis Mayfield score for a Blacksploitation film that only exists in the mind of the listener. As told by Brooklyn...
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The Lions
Without a commercial recording or even a live gig—at last count their newest song on Myspace has only logged seven plays, at least three of which I can personally take responsibility for—The Lions are newly signed...
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Ammoncontact: With Voices
Somewhere in between extraterrestrial innovators Sa-Ra, in the outer regions of the musical galaxy, lies Organized Konfusion emcee Prince Po and jazz great Lil’ Sci delivers some of the more memorable moments, with his Ghostface...
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The Kings of Diggin'
Muro's contribution to the "King's of" series is an epic 44-track long anthology that opens with soaring glam '70s disco with near-constant flute riffs and slowly makes its way into more James Brown-esque grooves. More funk-heavy still is Kon &...