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LCD Soundsystem This Is Happening

Maybe it's a function of getting older, maybe it's because This Is Happening was partially recorded in sunny Los Angeles, but it appears that James Murphy has lost some of his affinity for the dancefloor.… Read more »

Roska Rinse Presents Roska

For all the ink devoted to the rise and seemingly endless mutations of UK funky, the genre is notably devoid of full-length albums. Granted, the lightning-quick pace of London bass music doesn't exactly lend itself to thoughtful, drawn-out masterworks, but other than Geeneus' tone-setting 2008 LP, Volumes: One, there has been a parade of virtually nothing but singles and EPs, even from the biggest names in the scene. One of those names has undoubtedly been Roska (a.k.a. Wayne Goodlitt), whose steady stream of drum-heavy production, not to mention his ubiquitous "Roska Roska Roska" drop, bridged the gap between bottle-service clubs and the underground and played a huge role in putting funky on the map. … Read more »


The Seven Fields of Aphelion Periphery

Apart from making music, Black Mother Super Rainbow member The Seven Fields of Aphelion takes photographs layering images of stark, abandoned commercial-industrial landscapes with more pastoral scenes of leaves and fields of wheat, a juxtaposition th… Read more »


Richard Skelton Landings

On his second album under his own name, Richard Skelton creates a mournful music that is directly informed by the landscape, specifically the moorlands of Anglezarke (in Lancashire, UK), but which is also elegiac to his late wife, Louise.… Read more »


Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings I Learned the Hard Way

Just as Brooklyn soul-revival impresarios Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings' live show has progressed from raw funk to Stax-style revue, their recordings have been a process of settling into the ensemble's talent.… Read more »

Ninca Leece There Is No One Else When I Lay Down and Dream

For her debut solo album, Ninca Leece throws small organic touches (think: babbling child) and quirky glitches into a melodic dreamland that alternates between subtle Télépopmusik-era house and bouncy electro-pop.… Read more »

Trans Am Thing

What can a band do to stay fresh and interesting on their ninth studio album?… Read more »

Yellow Swans Going Places

As the last testament from the format-catholic PDX noise duo, the fittingly titled Going Places crystallizes the tension that made for Yellow Swans' sporadic genius and, one assumes, their unraveling.… Read more »

Mi Ami Steal Your Face

If the age-old adage is applicable here, Steal Your Face is the storm following the calm of Mi Ami's debut, Watersports.… Read more »

Nocando Jimmy the Lock

When it comes to Los Angeles' music scene, there's no avoiding the heralded cipher circle Project Blowed and beat-head bastion Low End Theory. Nocando's debut, Jimmy the Lock, lives in both worlds.… Read more »

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