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General Elektriks Good City for Dreamers

The sophomore release from General Elektriks (a.k.a. Honeycut/Blackalicious keyboardist Herve Salters’ solo project) is, much like Honeycut, a quirky mix of retro funk and New Wave-y indie rock with some …

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ApSci Best Crisis Ever

Let’s just get this out of the way now: Dana Diaz-Tutaan’s breathy, sinuous, and fierce voice is easily the best thing about Bronx duo ApSci’s second album, Best Crisis Ever. …

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Exclusive: ApSci "Under Control (David Last vs MC Zulu Remix)"

Noise-hop duo ApSci, who just returned from Sydney, Australia, where they’ve been recording Best Crisis Ever, recently slipped their track “Under Control” into the hands of producer David Last. With …

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Curumin Japan Pop Show

Brazilian musician Curumin’s second album is hard to classify, but in the best way: funk, psychedelic rock, hip-hop, reggae, dub, and more all co-exist on this album, sometimes even within …

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Lifesavas "Gutterfly feat. Camp Lo"

Portland-based hip-hop duo Lifesavas is unquestionably one of the most soulful outfits to grace the indie scene without coming close to cheesy soul status.” Gutterfly is another tight offering beaming …

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Lifesavas Gutterfly: The Original Soundtrack

The Lifesavas’ new project transports you into a ’70s car-chase sequence. Gutterfly, an unfinished blaxpoitation film, is resurrected sonically with thoughtful MCs and powerhouse beats. With Camp-Lo, Butterfly (of Digable …

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Lyrics Born Overnite Encore: Lyrics Born Live!

Live hip-hop albums are a rarity these days, but if any MC deserves one, it’s Lyrics Born. Few have learned how to engage a crowd like the fiery-voiced LB, and …

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Tommy Guererro From the Soil to the Soul

Former teenage skate sensation Tommy Guererro has long since moved into a second career, making hard-to-define music that traces lazy patterns through the realms of indie rock, dub, downtempo, and …

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Tommy Guererro From the Soil to the Soul

Former teenage skate sensation Tommy Guererro has long since moved into a second career, making hard-to-define music that traces lazy patterns through the realms of indie rock, dub, downtempo, and …

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Honeycut The Day I Turned To Glass

A hodge-podge rock/funk trio cuts an album for an indie label headed by a member of a lauded underground hip-hop group. Yes, Honeycut is an aural dysfunction at the junction …

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Pigeon John ...And The Summertime Pool Party

If Pigeon John represents a “new generation of just regular dudes,” then hip-hop is in for a promising future. While this Angeleno’s last album, Pigeon John Sings The Blues, was …

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Pigeon John Brand New Day

There are a handful of songs that you can drop at a party-or at home with your friends or in your car-that will turn a bad situation good and a …

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Curumin Achados E Perdidos

Curumin‘s new album is a refreshing intake of eclectic fusion. Subtly combining Afro-beat and samba rhythms with funk and hints of hip-hop, Achados E Perdidos reflects this Brazilian beatmaker‘s genuine …

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APSCI Thanks For Asking

While not nearly as revolutionary as you think they think they are (no more cookie-puss harmonizer, please), one has to admit APSCI has applied some science to their mix of …

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Lyrics Born Same !@#$ Different Day

Consider it a companion piece to LB‘s stellar Later That Day. It isn‘t quite a remix album, and it isn‘t quite a collection of unreleased material, though it does contain …

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Maroons Ambush

Ambush is the startling debut EP from Bay Area supergroup Maroons (Blackalicious’ Chief Xcel and Latyrx’s Lateef the Truth Seeker). On songs such as “Lester Hayes” and “Best of Me,” …

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Gift Of Gab Fourth Dimensional Rocketships Going Up

Taking a break between Blackalicious records, Gift of Gab catches a rocketship to the Northwest and cranks out a pure MC record backed up by solid soul beats. Seattle producers …

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Lyrics Born Calling Out

This is how you would set off a neighborhood block party!!! Lyrics’ virtuosity and Joyo’s uplifting b-girl style singing ride nicely atop a fluid bassline. This would’ve got played at …

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