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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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Colleagues: Tears
Take synth-driven electro-pop charm, bolster it with a riotous bass line and a healthy dose of danceability and the result is Swedish quintet Colleagues' "Tears." With synths fit for a stadium, hypnotic vocals and a radio-ready chorus, the track is...
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Hot Chip: Atomic Bomb (William Onyeabor cover)
The mysterious Nigerian funk musician William Onyeabor—who all but disappeared from music after releasing eight highly influential, if not obscure, albums in the '70s and '80s—has amassed quite a talented following. London's electro-pop outfit Hot...
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De La Soul: Smell the Da.I.S.Y. Mixtape
After releasing snippets all month, NYC hip-hop trio De La Soul dropped their entire "Smell the Da.I.S.Y." mixtape, featuring never-before-heard beats from the late great producer J Dilla considered by many to be the most influential beatmaker of his...
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Kishi Bashi: Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!
The imitable Kishi Bashi (aka K Ishibashi) has created yet another delightful pop song with "Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!" Set to appear on his upcoming album Lighght (out 13 May 2014), the song is bubbly, sweet and joyous, while the gentle...
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Kishi Bashi: Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It! The imitable Kishi Bashi (aka K Ishibashi) has created yet another delightful pop song with "Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!" Set to appear on his upcoming album Lighght (out 13 May...
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Fantastic Man
by Leo Walton Like many of us, you may have already enjoyed the fascinating and utterly infectious music of William Onyeabor. A mysterious Nigerian producer of the late '70s and early '80s, Onyeabor's cult-like status has recently grown beyond the...
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Spectral Display: It Takes A Muscle To Fall In Love
On what many might argue is a manufactured holiday, it's still love we're celebrating, and there's nothing wrong with that. But among all of the sappy Valentine's Day sentiments, it's important to take a cue from Spectral Display's Michel Mulders and...
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Superhumanoids for i-D Magazine: Music To... Freak To
LA's Superhumanoids have been collectively releasing a steady stream of original music for the past four years (which we've fanatically documented with each release), but as talented multi-instrumentalists, the trio work beyond their own sound and...
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William Onyeabor: Atomic Bomb
Luaka Bop label manager Eric Welles is behind this week's #PrivateJam, and he shares his love for the elusive Nigerian singer William Onyeabor. Welles not only worked relentlessly on bringing Onyeabor's sound to the US, but was lucky enough to receive...
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Petit Fantome: L
Those French singers sure know how to woo—but when they get Rosanna Webster, Charlie Sheppard and HOAV Studio on their side, one hell of an interactive music video gets made. Accompanying the track "L" by Bordeaux-based musician Petit Fantôme (Pierre...
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Woman's Hour: Her Ghost
The British quartet Woman's Hour isn't easy to sum up, but any band whose website contains a manifesto-like literary component and whose album art and videos are created by the politically-minded, provocative photographers Adam Broomberg and Oliver...
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Woman's Hour: Her Ghost The British quartet Woman's Hour isn't easy to sum up, but any band whose website contains a manifesto-like literary component and whose album art and videos are created by the politically-minded, provocative photographers...