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Wiley "50/50"

Playtime Is Over is 15 tracks of UK grime pioneer Wiley waxing poetic about his life and background (including a track dedicated to his newborn daughter!) over rough bass hooks …

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Tiombe Lockhart and Waajeed "The Overtaking"

Moving on from Platinum Pied Pipers’ Triple P (2005), Robert O’Bryant (a.k.a. Waajeed) gathers Tiombe Lockhart, Invincible, Ta’Raach, and material from the late J Dilla for his latest album, The …

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Aesop Rock "None Shall Pass"

Indie don Aesop Rock teams up with his longtime production partner Blockhead for None Shall Pass, another full-length of the funk-driven, jazzy hip-hop we’ve come to expect from the Definitive …

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Gaudi & Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan "Bethe Bethe Kese Kese"

Qawwali music is rooted in spiritual Persian songs and the Sufism faith , and Pakistan-born Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was one of the legendary producers of this kind of music. …

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Madlib the Beat Konducta "Freeze"

One can pretty much assume at this point that Madlib will try anything production-wise. We’ve seen this guy tackle hip-hop, broken beat, nu-jazz, and numerous themes, including Movie Scenes, the …

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Telepathe "Sinister Militia (TMJ!!! Remix)"

Busy Ganges, Melissa Lavaudais, and a rotating cast of friends follow up last year’s Farewell Forest EP with Sinister Militia, and to celebrate, they’ve enlisted some cats to assume remix …

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Architecture In Helsinki "Heart It Races"

If pop music can, in any way, be lovable, then six-piece outfit Architecture in Helsinki is the band to make that happen. On Places Like This, the group’s third longplayer, …

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Sage Francis "Got Up This Morning feat. Jolie Holland"

Human the Death Dance is rapper Sage Francis’ fourth solo effort. Somewhat conceptual in its nature, the album is is comprised of two “halves”–the first being a relaxed, playful bunch …

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The Octopus Project "I Saw The Bright Shinies"

If it’s variety you want, look no further than The Octopus Project, a trio that merges distorted guitars, synthesizers, drums, violins, glockenspiels, and a horn section into its tracks with …

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Marcin Czubala "Capofamiglia (XLR8R Edit)"

Marcin Czubala has spent the last decade putting his classical music training to good use, letting the rigor of study enhance his skills as an important electronic artist in the …

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Maps "It Will Find You"

Maps’ We Can Create would make a good soundtrack to a science fiction movie, with an epic palate of sound that stretches from space-like folk to whispering, warped vocals and …

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Randolph "Lonely Eden feat. Waajeed"

Detroit-based Paul Randolph boasts quite the resume. His musical history includes a stint in Sao Paulo, collaborations with Underground Resistance, Carl Craig, and John Arnold, and tracks encompassing every genre …

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A Plus "The One feat. Bless Man"

A founding member of the Souls of Mischief and Hieroglyphics, Adam Carter (a.k.a. A Plus) finally stepped into the realm of solo releases this summer, with My Last Good Deed. …

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Lorn "My Drum Machine"

Though he’s something of a mysterious character in the music world, one can assess from Lorn’s MySpace page that he’s a producer who takes to the dark, tortured side of …

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Cloudland Canyon "Dambala (Excerpt)"

Featuring one member of screamo band The Red Scare and one instrumentally-inclined German dude, Cloudland Canyon is the new face of Kraut-experimentation. Taken from the duo’s forthcoming Silver Tongued Sisyphus …

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Ulrich Schnauss "Stars"

There have been masses of shoegaze revivalists, but few have been as revered as much as Ulrich Schnauss. After releasing A Strangley Isolated Place and Far Away Trains Passing By …

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David Last "Bubble Tea (Royale's Fenyan Remix)"

While David Last’s work can be heard on MTV Japan, via remixes on psych-rock imprint The Social Registry, or Berlin’s avant-everything label Staubgold, his birthname tracks are all about the …

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Yuno "California (Phonique Remix)"

Straight out of Hamburg, Germany, this melodic electro-pop quintet defies the traditional production blueprint with a live approach to songwriting. With New Order-esque guitarlines and lush synths a la Air, …

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