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Pitch Black The Pitch Black Insperience

Label: Solidarity

Pitch Black-a.k.a. Kamau Bakari, a champion slam poet and former Kemetic priesthood trainee-matches his verbal skills against Rob J.'s original beats on the Pitch Black Insperience, and rarely has the ghetto griot ethos been spelled out so plaintively. Bakari takes rap back to its raw, primal essence, with 20+ tracks of spoken word imagery, turf sensibility and spiritual philosophy. Resisting any temptation to bling-one song is called "Can't Glamorize"-P. Bleezy doesn't hesitate to dis his mama's "slave religion" in the liner notes. Read more » 

Ivan Smaghe How to Kill the DJ Part One

Label: Tigersushi

Paris club Le Pulp hosts Kill the DJ nights on the first Thursday of each month, and if this CD (arranged/mixed by DJ Ivan Smagghe) is a true indication of their musical policy, it sounds like a lot of fun. When the opening fun house cut, Roger's tributary "Helsinki Blondes" segues so naturally with Captain Comatose's Afrobeat-channeling "Wonderkidd," there's an immediate sense that this isn't your average club-branded compilation, but one with a wide-ranging musical ear. Read more » 

Massive Attack Special Cases

Label: Giant Step

Don't know whose idea it was to release such a decidedly tech-house 12" for the first single off the middling 100th Window, but I'm not complaining. L'uomo makes like Herbert on pop, while Akufen gives you the reason to purchase: a searing, 10-minute broken-beat odyssey. Read more » 

Gavouna Warm Industry EP

Label: Melodic

Greek Athanasios Argianas studied visual art until he fell in with a student of Xenakis and Berio. On Warm Industry, he's made dusty piano and analog synth vignettes that sound like Boards of Canada remixing Erik Satie and Morton Subotnick at GRM. Somehow anciently modern, and perhaps even peerless. Read more » 

Jaga Jazzist Animal Chin EP

Label: GSL

Culling three songs from the Norwegian nine-piece post-jazz collective's excellent Smalltown Supersound debut, with two exclusive tracks and two remixes (courtesy drummer Martin Horntveth and field-recording fetishist Kim Hiorthoy), this EP goes down chilly like tropical cocktails in a ski chalet with John Barry, Deodato, Stevie Wonder and Tortoise. A crisp Alpine mindfuck. Read more » 

Oddjobs Shopkeepers Wife EP

Label: Third Earth Music

Dark, quality production, good rhyme-flows. If you get high or if you are the serious mad-at- the-world type, you'll love this. If you're into good times and multiple orgasms, you'll buy Politics of the Business. Either/or, you'll be good. Read more » 

Apeanaut Go Away

Label: Redbud

Brooklyn dubmaster and Antibalas keyboardist Tiklah offers his label's first 12", and it's pure talent. Live bass from Ninjaboy, sultry vocals from Diana Blain, and big, thumping beat structures that balance foggy, haunted dub bass and cracking hip-hop snares like a holy mix of UK artists G-Corp and Spacer. Galliant. Read more » 

Daedelus The Household EP

Label: Eastern Developments

Santa Monica's favorite electro antiquarian gets domestic, sweeping up Louis Bonfa, Robert Moog, Coldcut, The Fat Boys and Bollywood soundtracks into a digi-dustpan mosaic. Prefuse 73 stops by to lend some beats and a helping hand with the chores. Their mothers must be so proud. Read more » 

Greyboy Make Noise

Label: Ubiquity

First of all, I know people who'd love records like this. Singing verses, horns, keys, rhyming with a jazzy vibe. As for myself' get anxiety. Would people that I know buy it? Maybe. Would I buy it? Probably not. It would make me go purchase the Politics of the Business album. Read more » 

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