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Anthony Nicholson Necessary Phazes

Anthony Nicholson is no relation, but this intricate, intimate album makes me wish I could claim him as kin. Each of these eight songs of nuanced, expansive Afro-house/jazz unfold leisurely, using their six-plus minutes to explore themes, refine rhythms, and blossom in a way impossible within typical pop song structure. While no tracks are flashy in their brilliance, songs like "Thinking of You," with its hypnotic singing from Ugochi and a casually inventive piano solo from Brian Nichols, reward listeners with subtly beautiful arrangement and performance and would make for gorgeous epiphany on the dancefloor.

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