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Jon Hopkins: Form By Firelight (with Raphaelle Standell) English musician Jon Hopkins fine-tuned his ambient electro production skills under the masterful ear of none other than Brian Eno and the conceptual brevity of this mentorship has paid off...
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SBTRKT: IMO The typically reserved musician Aaron Jerome—better known as UK producer SBTRKT—bared a bit of himself this week with the surprise Twitter revealing of "IMO." The unmixed and unmastered song is from new album recordings, and was posted...
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Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens Interview
by Danielle Kosann Born into a family of musicians, 66-year-old Naomi Shelton grew up singing gospel with her sisters at churches throughout Alabama. Eventually, she moved to New York, where she spent most of her life performing soul music in Brooklyn...
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Holiday Playlist 2007
Le Loup: The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly A weird mixture of banjos, percussion and computer sounds Le Loup creates an experimental sound that's still fun listening. Based on Sam Simkoff's original...
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The Sticks
Gaining massive acclaim since their inception just over two years ago, Aussie band, The Sticks are well on their way to finding fame, fortune and a whole lot of fun. Sourcing inspiration from the music that infused their youth (think David Bowie...
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Karizma: A Mind of Its Own
Baltimore’s Kris Klayton, aka Karizma, displays a broad spectrum of musical directions—from hip-hop to deep tech-y house—on his new full-length R2 Records release, A Mind of Its Own. Karizma...
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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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Trying to categorize Canadian native Atlantis: Hymns for Disco will leave you tied in knots. The infectiously catchy album debuted at number one on the Canadian charts in October (it's soon to be released in the U.S.) and is Outkast, Cody Chestnutt...
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James Brown RIP (1933-2006)
James Brown was undeniably one of the most influential and internationally respected musicians of all time. Unfortunately, many people’s exposure doesn’t go much deeper than bad covers of “I Got...
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Wonder Women: Minnie Riperton and Syreeta
Arguably one of the most respected singers and songwriters of all time, Stevie Wonder's collaborators were unique and talented artists in their own right, but never garnered the widespread acclaim they deserve. Two notable examples are Minnie...
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Amy Winehouse: Back to Black
Why does it seem like all the new young singers in the tradition of classic American soul are white girls from England? First Alice Russell, and now Amy Winehouse. Actually, Winehouse is not a newcomer. Her first album, Frank (2003), went platinum...
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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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Up Hygh: The Venus Album
Don't let the uninspired cover art fool you, Up Hygh's The Venus Album is one of the best deep and dirty hip hop soul albums of the year. Unapologetic devotees of Jay Dilla's (RIP) pioneering Detroit dirty underground soul, these barely...
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Freddie Cruger: Soul Search
He's back… and just in time for Halloween. But don't be scared! This Freddie Cruger is a friendly old-school Swedish B-Boy with a penchant for crafting breakbeat-laden sample-heavy instrumentals that make for dancefloor...
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Stephanie McKay
Like a mini-greatest hits album, Stephanie McKay’s new eponymous EP is a sampling of her new and old songs introducing this talented Bronx native to U.S. audiences for the first time. Her European solo album came out a few years...
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Henrik Schwarz: DJ-Kicks
What do James Brown, Marvin Gaye, D’Angelo, and Pharoah Sanders all share with German techno? Surprisingly, on the upcoming richly eclectic DJ-Kicks mix, these and others from the soul archives get German minimal house and techno...
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What's Going On?, Part I: Pop Gets Its Groove Back
With the recent resurgence of old-school hip-hop beats in Top 40 R&B, including this season's new releases from three of the heaviest pop hitters Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera, the trend is undeniable: The breakbeat...
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Bugz in the Attic: Back in the Doghouse
Formed in 1996, the pioneering, now eight-member collective of underground dance music, Bugz in the Attic, bring their full ass-motivating arsenal, garnered from 10 years of single releases and classic remixes, on their long-overdue first full-length...
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Alice Russell: Under the Munka Moon II
First found on collaborations with Tru Thoughts labelmates Quantic, and TM Juke, if you haven’t heard Alice Russell yet you're missing out on one of the best singers around. Russell’s singing is classically...
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The Paper Scissors
Young Sydney group The Paper Scissors create a hybrid of sounds. It's a little funk, a little soul, roots and pop. James Brown in tight jeans? Yet despite their hyperactive approach, they've quickly developed a cult following amongst the Converse...
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Juke Joint II
Next time you're about to make out with your girl or boy (or whatever it is you like to make out with), instead of throwing on a Barry White or Marvin Gaye best-of, reach for this new release, Juke Joint II, from the German duo Boozoo Bajou. A...
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DJ Spinna: Intergalactic Soul
DJ Spinna's upcoming release, Intergalactic Soul, is what you'd expect from this veteran of the New York hip hop scene who's remixed the likes of De La Soul and Das EFX and made beats for luminaries such as, Grand Puba, The Jungle Brothers, Mos Def...
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