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N.A.S.A. The Spirit of Apollo

While the producers behind The Spirit of Apollo—Spike Jonze’s little bro Sam Spiegel and Brazil’s DJ Zegon—are certainly competent beatsmiths with an impressive rolodex, their debut album is a bloated, unfocused collection of bland hip-hop and WTF? moments that only occasionally reflects the boys’ shared love of vintage Brazilian funk and soul. Even with help from a-list rappers (Kanye West, Method Man, E-40), hipster darlings (M.I.A., Karen O, Lykke Li), music legends that should know better (David Byrne, Tom Waits), and countless other guest stars, The Spirit of Apollo is a lackluster effort destined to soundtrack the trendy commercials of today and overpopulate the used bins of tomorrow.

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