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Ajukaja & Andrevski: Rare Birds The Estonians have infiltrated the realm of deep house—duo Raul “Ajukaja” Saaremets ("Aju" meaning brain and "Kaja" meaning echo) and longtime friend Andrevski composed analog jams on hand-built equipment in their...
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Shaken or Stirred
Advertorial content: As we reach the final days of summer the breeze picks up and the air cools down, making it the perfect time to unwind with a group of friends with a well-deserved Tanqueray cocktail in hand. No party is complete without some...
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Cool Hunting's Harvest Playlist
Fall is all about motivation, preparing for the season ahead by taking stock of summer's bounty. While melancholy at times—Bon Iver's childhood memory "Michicant," "Harvest Breed by Nick Drake—there's plenty here to get you going too...
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Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology
Seven years in the making, Smithsonian Folkways' new edition, Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology represents the new standard, a long-overdue update to Martin Williams' out-of-print compilation The Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz. While some...
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February 2008 Playlist
This time of year brings a surplus of album releases and, for us, along with the fresh tunes comes a desire to do little more than stay home and listen to music while watching surf videos. The result is a collection of new faves and old jams, both...
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Hess is More NYC Workshops
Coming off the heels of touring in Istanbul, London and Copenhagen and in anticipation of his upcoming studio release, Danish electronica virtuoso Hess is More (née Mikkel Hess) will be in Manhattan to offer a five-day workshop that includes...
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The Cinematic Orchestra: Ma Fleur
"To Build A Home," which opens the new album from The Cinematic Orchestra, is extraordinary. A piano signature already heavy with melancholy provides the bed on which Patrick Watson's even more achingly beautiful singing voice lies...
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Robert Glasper: In My Element
Artists as disparate as Radiohead and Dilla don’t often have the mutual and well-deserved honor of sharing writing credits on the same album, let alone on a jazz piano trio release like In My Element. It's taken an adventurous...
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The Bird And The Bee
Having won the favor of indie and dance music critics alike, I’m going to have to coin a new genre just for The Bird And The Bee. Ready? Retro-futurama-faux-bubblegum-pop. Like it? I do, like totally. The Bird And The Beeâ...
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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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Nostalgia 77: Everything Under The Sun
Swirling waves of jangling bells, shells, bamboo and other eclectic sounds weave a soothing texture behind the chords, melodies and words of Everything Under The Sun, the latest record from prolific Oxford, England native Benedic Lamdin, aka Nostalgia...
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Brownswood Recordings
The scene at Hiro in New York last Wednesday night was unmistakably "Worldwide"—Brits, Brazilians, New Yorkers and Japanese were all shaking their thing, both on stage and on the dancefloor. Not many can create this kind...
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Elizabeth Shepherd Trio: Start To Move
For the daughter of two Salvation Army ministers, Elizabeth Shepherd must have had first dibs on the dusty jazz records dropped in the thrift store donation box. At least that might explain her soulful musical approach, rooted in the classics yet...
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Tita Lima: 11:11
Lilting rhythm guitar, trumpet solos and swirling synth bubbles on "A Conta Do Samba," the opening cut on Tita Lima's debut solo album, 11:11, sets the mood for a journey to Tropicalia. Firmly grounded in and paying homage to the classic...
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A Rural Life
A Rural Life, the 8th LP from Marie and Andy Compton (a.k.a. The Rurals), celebrates their 10th year of making luscious, jazzy, thumping music. I usually leave the music reporting to Ari because he's much more articulate about these things, but...
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A New World Vision: Aram Danesh and the Super Human Crew
Aram Danesh and the Super Human Crew, sounds like a ridiculous amalgam of a Middle Eastern hip-hop collective, right? Wrong. More like a throwback to old school rap, the Crew represents all that is great about the Bay Area's music scene. Danesh...
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Verve Remixed 3 -- They Do it Again
Verve: Remixed projects have done it again. The third volume in the series takes things up a notch by not only employing the skills of top DJs, but also some indie rock and hip-hop artists as well. This time around, the obvious divas are remixed...
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Soel: Memento
Bringing together elements of his African roots, Parisian upbringing and American musical influences, trumpeter Pascal Ohse, a.k.a. Soel, created a brilliant collection of music bridging jazz, ‘70s funky soul and R&B and ambient electronic...
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John Legend: Get Lifted
John Legend. As cliché as it may sound, a true legend was born with the release of Legend’s debut, “Get Lifted.” His sultry lyrics and somewhat gruff vocals combined with jazz piano, hip-hop beats, Latin-flavored horns and real...
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