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Dwele Sketches of a Man

MySpace and YouTube references aside, Dwele seems like a throwback to Marvin Gaye’s and Bobby Womack’s days, a time when R&B was about feelings, not choreography and AutoTune software. On …

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RZA as Bobby Digital Digi Snacks

More consistent then 8 Diagrams and fresher than Ghostface’s The Big Doe Rehab, Digi Snacks is the most impressive Wu-affiliated album of the past year. And it might just be …

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Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra Enjoy

With Enjoy, conductor Travis Sullivan begins with a noble idea, but kind of fumbles the ball. His 18-piece orchestra translates Björk’s genre-damning, digitally contorted music into jazz-pop numbers. At its …

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DJ Rekha DJ Rekha Presents Basement Bhangra

New Yorkers have enjoyed Rekha’s Basement Bhangra parties for a decade, but with her debut mix album, the London-born DJ fixes her sight on the rest of the country. Though …

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Kafani "Fast feat. Keak Da Sneak"

For those who don’t stay in the East Bay, Kafani’s “Fast” will be heard trying to bust out of many-a-trunks at any given point in the day. The alternate version …

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UNK feat. OutKast & Jim Jones Walk It Out

“My Rub brethren and I recently played at the Brooklyn Museum’s monthly free party. When my partner Ayres dropped this joint, everyone under 16 went crazy. It’s not a huge …

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Talib Kweli Right About Now

Let‘s face it: Talib Kweli puts out more mixtapes and albums per year than most consumers can keep up with. But this new “sucka free” mix CD is certainly one …

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Various Artists Lounge Grooves: The Sophisticated Soundtrack Of Nightlife

Your mama always told you not to judge a book by its cover, right? That‘s normally a good idea, unless you‘re looking at Lounge Grooves. Despite the title and corny …

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Various Artists Chronicles: The Roots Of G-Funk

Maybe the reason why Dr. Dre‘s The Chronic “stank” so good was because there was some real soul behind the flow. There are priceless gems all over the G-Funk map, …

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Goodie Mob One Monkey Don't Stop No Show

Just in time for the South to indeed rise again, the original purveyors of proto-crunk classics like “Soul Food” return with this spectacular 12″. With lyrical roughness they ride the …

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Royce Da 5' 9 Death Is Certain

Royce Da 5′ 9″ would rather be reviewed in The Source than in XLR8R, but the Detroit-based MC has-after a dalliance with the majors-been reassigned to the underground. For all …

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Tony Touch The Piecemaker 2

Before you dismiss all NYC mixtape DJs as fronting A&Rs with no skills, you’ll have to reckon with Tony Touch. B-boy to the core, Toca came with a pleasant surprise …

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Lamb From Darkness to Wonder

It would be hard to top Lamb’s self-titled debut, but the duo came alarmingly close with last year’s What Sound. Sadly, their latest effort suffers mightily from coffee-shop/easy-listening syndrome, thanks …

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Lamb What Sound

It’s a good thing the electronica-pop of What Sound re-asserts Lamb’s position just enough outside genre classification to free them from popular whimsy, as this, their third album, was first …

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DJ Cam Soulshine

Soulshine is Cam’s reflection on US r&b and soul (there’s even a tribute to Aaliyah), a side-step from his previous hip-hop-centric approach and hard-hitting jazz cutups. More grounded than his …

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