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Henrik Schwarz's Artist Tips

Henrik Schwarz's latest mix disc, part of the venerable !K7 DJ-Kicks series, isn't quite what you might expect from the man who's been redefining tech-house for the past couple of years. Instead, he folds together Moondog's bop-jazz classic "Bird's Lament" with Double's low-slung house jam "Woman of the World" and carries on through tracks from iO, James Brown, and Pharaoh Sanders while injecting moments of electro-tech greatness from Drexciya and Rob Hood with aplomb. How does he do it? Read more » 

Dusty Grooves: Treasures Uncovered

For better or worse, the idea of a "lost" album almost no longer exists. Whether it's the effect of the internet's hyper-real search possibilities, or simply collectors' affinity for uncovering that which remains to be uncovered, the reissue movement is in full swing, with venerable curators like Soul Jazz leading the charge.

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Crystal Castles: Beer Money

Ethin is so pissed right now. His band, Crystal Castles, was scheduled to perform in New York, when everything went tits up at the Canada/U.S. border. "Basically, the cops took one look at us rolling up, didn't even ask us a question. The officer just got on his walkie-talkie and said, 'I've got a white Malibu that I'm bringing into the garage,'" states the multi-instrumentalist. "The garage door closes behind us, and we're locked in there for seven hours, because they're sure we stole [the car]. Read more » 

EL-P: A Scanner, Darkly

It seems a lifetime ago. Destruction screaming through the air, deep into the city, smashing into the skyline's metal-and-glass spines. The nation cocooning into fear, paranoia, and delusion, succumbing to hallucinations of wholeness via consumerism, a population drugged to grab the party line and move to the front of the checkout line. As if nothing ever happened.

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Five Star By RJD2

Expanding upon the themes of the primarily instrumental Since We Last Spoke (Definitive Jux), The Third Hand finds former sampling maestro RJD2 doing his own drum programming, instrumentation, and vocals.

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