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Daily Download: Amir Sulaiman "I Love You"

Amir Sulaiman is an MC who has merged the fierce raps à la Chuck D and urgent lyrics akin to KRS-1 into a single ball of poetic fire. His latest release, Like A Thief In the Night, summons traditional boom-bap and conscious lyrics that never impede into preachy territory. "I Love You" may be Sulaiman's entrance into the underground elite.

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  • 06/04/2007

The Week In Videos

What would a week in videos be without some serious art-school antics?

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  • 06/03/2007

The Week In Downloads

We kicked off the week with Portland’s brother duo Lifesavas, who shared tips on how to live the gutterfly lifestyle. Next, Tigerbass’ electro-psych outfit Dolby-Anol set Tuesday’s dirty synth standard, while S.F.-based club killer All Teeth and Knuckles came through with a mid-week drunken sex jam. What better way to follow up a handful of electro tracks than with Guitar’s instrumental clouds of delay and feedback? Finally, we closed the workweek off with the cutthroat sub-heat, courtesy of Bassnectar.

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  • 06/02/2007

The Week In Music, June 1

Though there’s plenty of room to be proven wrong, it’s possible R. Kelly just released the greatest album of 2007 (or at least, the most compelling). Somewhat surprisingly, his long-awaited Double Up LP shows that Kelly has actually escalated his sexually tinged lyrics (see "Sex Planet," "Get Dirty," and "Havin' a Baby"), rather than toning them down.

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  • 06/01/2007

Dreamland

Brooklyn's Coney Island looms large in the American imagination. Charles Feltman invented the first hot dog there in 1867. In 1884, it became the site of the Switchback Railway, America's first real roller coaster. By 1894, this 20-block boardwalk and amusement complex–serving the needs of all the New Yorkers who couldn't afford a summer in the Hamptons or the Catskills–was called "Sodom by the Sea" by the New York Times.

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People Press Play Debuts Album

Morr Music certainly knows slow motion electro-pop, with artists from B. Fleishmann to The Go Find to Isan mellowing out the German electronic stratosphere. But like the other side of German electronics (i.e. techno and all of its derivatives), Morr has found itself in somewhat of a pigeonhole (see mopey, indie-pop songwriting), so the label's newest signing, People Press Play, is the breath of fresh air we’ve been waiting for.

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  • 06/01/2007

Swayzak Rocks Some Other Country

Now going on ten years of making music, Swayzak is back and cleaner than ever. The UK-based dub-tech innovators have taken a gigantic leap from their prior, more dance-focused work, Loops From the Bergerie. Some Other Country travels through blitzes of digital noise and softly attacking kick-thumps–a dark shift when compared to 2004’s super-acclaimed Loops…, or any number of mixes Swayzak has cranked out over the past decade.

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  • 06/01/2007

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