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Review: Awol One and Daddy Kev Slanguage

Label: Mush

What happens when an abstract producer and a way-out-there rapper get together to create hip-hop's answer to free jazz? Read more » 

Review: Melinda Let Me Know

Label: Pep Sounds

This Viennese imprint launches with the Marylin McCoo-evoking Hungarian singer Melinda Barcoczy in front of the keyboard-based jazz-disco flavors of trio The Pepita Project. "Let Me Know" is that smooth, langourous kind of house that simply makes you want to kick off your shoes, light up a spliff and grind witchya baby on the dancefloor. Read more » 

Review: 7L & Esoteric Do It

Label: Brick

Today's special? White Rapper Beef. "Do It" is the answer to Cage's "Haterama," a one-verse Internet-only diss of battle vet Esoteric. On Cage's alleged drug use: "I know he does helium before he does flows." 7L crafts the perfect beat for Eso's verbal venom, but this record will be most enjoyed by fans familiar with this feud. Read more » 

Review: Ed Rush & Optical Bullit

Label: Virus

True aliens in every respect, Ed Rush & Optical string together tracks with a certain inescapable mystique. "Bullit" takes a step back from this duo's signature synth escapades, as they sample funky horns and jazzy stabs to keep this tune rolling inna nice disco vibe. Read more » 

Review: Frederic Galliano & The African Divas Woulai Re-Works

Label: F-Communications

Two remixes from Soul Designer and Josh Brent, but it's the latter version that has me hooked: a banquet of African tribalisms, recursive vocal chants and a hint of lush ambience that takes me back to Carl Craig's inspirational 69" era. A beautiful piece of work. Read more » 

Review: Various Artists Cortex Volume 2

Label: Follow Me

Ummm... elevator with an edge?

Review: Gemma Fox Messy

Label: white

Up 'n' coming vocalist Gemma Fox delivers it in r&b rude gal fashion, with a more-shrill-than-Ms.-Dynamite flow over rough, bassline biz that coils around the words. The catchy hook-"So messy, so damn messy!"-will stick in your ears for days. Don't fight it, just buy it! Read more » 

Review: Freescha Whats Come Inside of You

Label: Attacknine

What a title. Nick Huntington and Michael McGroarty are either the mack-daddies of downtempo IDM or the most sexually-frustrated among the laptop crowd, because there's no getting around just how sexy, bubbly and narcotic their third Freescha LP really is. Whats leaves behind the operatic melancholia of Freescha's first two albums, opting instead for the mesmerizing carnival funk of "Watcha Gonna Go For It?" and the synth-driven post-disco smarm on "Smurf Shoo," plus lots of genre-crossing ground in between. Cotton candy panties for your ears. Read more » 

Review: Break Reform Fractures

Label: Abstract Blue

This trio from London has combined the heart-stopping realism of Nana Vorperian's vocals, sparse hip-hop orientated beats, and a fondness for jazzed-out, keyed flavors to produce an honest portrait of modern urban life. The sincerity of Nana's vocals can be related to as easily as a friend's real-life woes. "Fractures" captures the anguish of a love lost perfectly, courtesy of sighing strings, a vibraphone that feigns happiness and captivating vocals. "Medusa Pts 1 & 2" sees frustrated beats, tear-shaped keys and a weaving flute combine alongside Nana's distraught vocals. Read more » 

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