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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 City, the Baltimore-bred, Philly-based MC better known as Spankrock is having a good laugh at the strange arc that has led him to be associated with Baltimore club music, the bass music variation suddenly on national blast after more than 15 years as a secret handshake of sorts for Maryland-area black kids.

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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 music. But these days, even if a diva like Beyoncé stopped by the studio, Zed might not have the time to lay down her vocals. That's because the production whiz isn't merely making his tracks. Along with production partner Injekta, the other half of Phuturistix, he's trying to sculpt the new sound of their burgeoning Phuture Lounge label.

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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 Stereo Sound into a future blueprint for electronic music, the DJ duo of Matt Black on Jon Moore–otherwise known as Coldcut–has only become more notorious and productive. Read more » 

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 rude boys and backpack hip-hoppers alike. And now–after a year of enduring false promises from every major label going–Klash is releasing his benchmark debut album, Lion Hearts, independently.

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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, boom-bap and hush hush in equal measures, with lyrics that range from literary to Ghostface-ian and beats that recall grime, Scritti Politti, Timbaland and the Postal Service, sometimes all at the same time. Read more » 

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