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Esser Braveface

U.K. bedroom-pop wiz Ben Esser is only 23, but he attacks his work with the quality and layered diligence of a much more seasoned musician. Braveface, his debut record, sees …

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Lady Sovereign Vertically Challenged EP

The UK’s Lady Sovereign is on the verge of making a serious imprint on hip-hop. With her double time flow, cheeky raps and unmistakable voice, this leader of the grime …

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Money Mark Demo? Or Demolition?

Money Mark has been an interesting study in artistic evolution. Going from the Beastie Boys’ carpenter of choice to outshining all of their collective musicianship to releasing his instrumental indulgences …

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McNeal & Niles Thrust

It seems like every old record that ever put punk and funk on the same page has been re-issued recently. McNeil& Niles’ virtually unknown 1979 LP Thrust has a track …

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The Timeout Drawer Present Left For The Living Dead

When the haze clears, Timeout Drawer’s latest will dredge up somnolent memories of TNT-era Tortoise and Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here, fed through the filter of 21st-century technoculture. But …

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Diverse Jus Biz

Prefuse and Madlib are behind the mixing desks for these three hot tracks where MC Diverse spins his tales in double time to the music. “Jus Biz” is a mellow …

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Vast Aire Look Mom...No Hands

Are they or aren’t they? No new Cannibal Ox album yet, but here’s Vast Aire’s solo project, with Vast bouncing off RDJ2’s soul cuts, Ayatollah’s electro-rockers and Madlib’s herky-jerky sampler …

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Various Urban Renewal Program Supplement 1.5

This ongoing endeavor by Chocolate Industries is an effort to commit to wax the rhythms of urban existence-those that are under attack and those that are celebrated-and to acknowledge the …

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Ghislain Poirier Beats As Politics

For those familiar only with Poirier’s minimal techno releases on 12k and intr_version, this Montreal native’s latest release will provide more than its share of surprises. While the pristine production …

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Divers One A.M.

Chicago rhymer Diverse’s name has been bouncing around for a hot minute now. Last seen knocking mighty Mos Def straight off the wax of Chocolate Industries’ Urban Renewal comp, it’s …

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Diverse Explosive

Chicago MC Diverse gives us more excruciatingly well-produced tastes from his eternally forthcoming debut album. The title track finds Di and Lyrics Born rhyming with the quickness over an RJD2-produced …

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Push Button Objects Ghetto Blaster

As his album title suggests, Push Button Objects makes “glitch-hop” by having his hip-hop blared over by competing boomboxes on the playground. His latest joint is divided between a variety …

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Caural Blurred July EP

Zachary Mastoon is lost in the cornfields and abandoned factory rows of America’s Midwest with only an MPC 3000 as his compass. Like DJ Shadow’s early works, these three lush, …

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Souls of Mischief Spark

I’m a Souls of Mischief fan, so I automatically raise the bar on quality. “Spark,” to me, is a good song-nice head-bob beat and the rhymes are cool, but sound …

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Via Tania Under a Different Sky

Tania May-Bowers knows how you spent those lonely nights: curled up on the floor, flickers of street light invading your room, and your ex’s Cowboy Junkies and Mazzy Star records …

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