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Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H2 Headphones
Bang & Olufsen products come with a certain amount of expectation. The Danish audio-maker has established and maintained a reputation for excellence in performance, aesthetic and dependability since its humble beginnings in an attic in the north...
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Red Bull Music: 20 Before 15
Leading up to the end of the year, Red Bull Music Academy drew together 20 tracks from artists they've worked with over the past year. Spanning genres and notoriety, the list represents the diversity evident in today's music scene where the line between...
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Mr Twin Sister: Lonely Disco Dancer Mix
Five-piece New York band Mr Twin Sister had a pretty crazy 2014: a name change, an album release, and opening for Julian Casablancas. As an end-of-year gift, they've put together an uplifting hour-long mix that shows off their music tastes (which involve...
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Aether Cone
In a market saturated with compact music players, it's refreshing to see a brand that stands out from the pack. With a focus on ease of use and elegant design, the Aether Cone promises to maintain its status as the sleekest container for tunes on...
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Baby Alpaca: Roller Coaster
In advance of next year's forthcoming EP, Brooklyn duo Baby Alpaca has released a beautiful new (and sexually charged) track, "Roller Coaster." It's been almost a year since the band dropped a new track, and this is well worth the wait, as melody meets...
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Interview: Yung Lenox on the "Live Fast, Draw Yung" Documentary
If you're not yet aware of the little creative phenomenon that is Yung Lenox, prepare to be charmed by the seven-year-old artist who spends many of his free hours creating illustrations of rappers and iconic hip-hop album covers. From Cam'ron's pink...
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Babe Rainbow: Don't Tell Me I'm Wrong
Nearly seven years after their last collaboration, experimental music label Ghostly International and Cartoon Network’s weird cousin [Adult Swim] are set to release their second free album, Ghostly Swim 2. Ghostly describes the upcoming 13-track compilation...
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Taxie: Rock Don't Stop
As announced during a recent NTS Radio set with Four Tet, UK producer Floating Points (aka Sam Shepherd) is launching a new record label in the new year. Called Melodies, the Eglo Records sub-label will focus on some of the disco, funk and boogie tunes...
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Twin Shadow: Turn Me Up
In 2010 George Lewis Jr released his first album as Twin Shadow. Seemingly pulled out of the '80s New Wave scene with startling accuracy, Lewis captivated audiences with his 2012 follow-up Confess, along with a string of noteworthy, memorable performances...
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Lobster Theremin for NTS Radio Freshly founded London imprint Lobster Theremin mixed it up for NTS Radio with live sets from Hungarian producer Imre Kiss and the enigmatic white noise-loving artist Snowbone. Rosie Lowe: How'd You Like It South...
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Her Habits: Fast Than Sound
A promising first release from Brooklyn-based Her Habits—aka Joanie Wolkoff—"Faster Than Sound" is low-fi dance pop at its best. Decidedly pared down and simple, the vocal-forward track relies on an instantly catchy melodic hook rather than dense production...
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Re/ly: Hold On, We're Going Home (Drake cover)
The debut album Bilateral from modern jazz duo Re/ly demonstrates not only the technical skills of keyboardist and vocalist Bryn Bliska and drummer Jamie Fried, but their ear for original composition. The two met while playing in various jazz combos...
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HD8 DJ Headphones
With a bounty of low-quality DJ gear flooding the market, Sennheiser's high-end HD8 DJ model headphones are all the more exceptional. Features include swiveling ear cups, attenuating background noise and accurate, rich bass reproduction—not muddied...
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AIAIAI+ Ghostly International Limited Edition Headphones
Ann Arbor, Michigan's Ghostly International is a creative force unlike any other within the industry of, and culture surrounding music. With Matthew Dear as co-founder, it's no surprise their artist roster is impressive to say the least. Not to mention...
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Hiatus Kaiyote: By Fire
Grammy-nominated Melbourne neo-soul quartet Hiatus Kaiyote describes their style simply as "multi-dimensional polyrhythmic gangster shit," but from a listener's point-of-view, their musicianship and respective talent leaves many speechless. Fans have...
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Harold Burrage: You Eat Too Much
'Tis the season in the USA, when it's time to gather around, give thanks and load up our plates. Holiday tunes of the Thanksgiving variety are in short order, but thanks to the Chicago blues and soul singer Harold Burrage, we have a track to toast...
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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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Portico: Bright Luck (feat. Jono McCleery)
Portico Quartet has reduced themselves to a trio and now makes music under the moniker Portico, but the allure of their jazz-inspired sound (which mostly revolved around an instrument called the hang) certainly hasn't dwindled any. For "Bright Luck...
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Caeden Linea N° 1 Headphones
While there are plenty of cleanly designed headphones out there, NYC's Caeden has just launched the Linea N° 1 and it's beyond attractive. We found, while testing out the Convex Carbon and Gunmetal colorway, that there's far more to it than good...
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Traditional Music Case
Originally created to carry sheet music, this classic leather case just as easily supports a MacBook Air or a bevy of reading materials. Each is handmade in Rutherfords' workshop in North West England by highly skilled craftsmen who use locally tanned...
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The Three Degrees: 天使の囁き (When Will I See You Again)
This week Japanese hip-hop scholar Dexter Thomas penned a second installment of his look into Japan's connection to Soul Train, highlighting the band Yellow Magic Orchestra—the only Japanese band to ever perform on the show, and an Afrika Bambaataa...
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Music from "Transparent"
November 20th marked Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), which honors those who have lost their lives because of anti-transgender prejudice. (Reportedly, a person is killed somewhere in the world every two days for expressing gender nonconformity...
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Tinashe (feat. SchoolBoy Q): 2 On
After listening to LA-based singer-songwriter Henry Wolfe's recently released EP Encino, which features two original tracks and two covers (Arthur Russell and Harry Nilsson), you might be surprised to hear his current guilty pleasure song is the club...
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