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Aloe Blacc: Soothe and Cool

Aloe Blacc, the MC/vocalist legally known as Nathaniel Dawkins, has had a musician’s ear since childhood. Raised by Panamanian parents in Southern California, Aloe has always saturated himself with every …

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Eska and Mpho Skeef: Breaking Out

There’s a revolutionary energy reverberating through speaker boxes and live music venues across the UK. The polar opposite of the junk food-quick fix of manufactured black pop, this is audio …

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The Bug: Sound Murderer

It was 1 a.m. on the fifth floor of an abandoned council flat in London. A massive system had been brought in from Bristol and the Heatwave party was living …

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Spankrock: What it Look Like

“This wasn’t supposed to happen,” laughs Naeem Juwan. “It just wasn’t supposed to happen.” Seated inside a Brooklyn falafel joint in the midst of an extended stay in New York …

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Phuturistix: Future with a PH

It’s no secret that English garage producer Zed Bias has a skilled touch in the studio. The Streets, Whitney Houston and even Destiny’s Child have tapped him to remix their …

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Coldcut In The Studio

Ever since their infamous remix of Eric B. and Rakim’s classic “Paid in Full” mashed no-nonsense street rap, Ofra Haza’s Israeli chants and instructional Decca records like A Journey Into …

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Ricochet Klashnekoff: Raw Rap

Ricochet Klashnekoff is a renegade London rapper ‘mans’ would follow into battle. His spirited street odes, loved by the capitol’s pirate radio stations, ring out from the car stereos of …

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Hot Chip: Fun House

The five-man party that is London’s Hot Chip must confound those poor CD-sticker-blurb writers. On their debut album Coming on Strong, the band mixes absurdity and realism, detail and grandeur, …

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Debaser: Ragga Jungle Lives

As jungle grew darker and more streamlined, it left behind ’93 and ’94’s cut-up amens, bubblin’ basslines and shouts of “Bloodclaat!” from MCs like Top Cat. But a group of …

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Konrad Black: Minimal Maniac

Can minimal techno ever be too dark? In the world of Konrad Black, the answer is most certainly, no. With his roots in a plethora of different musical genres, Vancouver …

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DK7: Dark Days

Disarmed is Jesper Dahlbäck at his most baroque. Synths drift towards heaven like demons toward the soot-darkened spire of an ancient church. Electronically warped and delayed guitars ebb and surge …

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