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Various Artists Protected: Massive Samples

Massive Attack's sample secrets have been revealed—this 12-dose album of classic funk, reggae, soul, and hip-hop contains many of the spacey atmospherics and classic breaks utilized by the pioneering trip-hop gang.… Read more »

Various Artists BKLYN: Heavy Sounds from the County of Kings

By the time The Real World comes to town, it’s usually a safe bet that a city has jumped the shark. Yet this compilation proves that not even MTV reality shows can ruin Brooklyn’s music scene.… Read more »

Lars Horntveth Kaleidoscopic

The simple fact that Kaleidoscopic consists of a single, 37-minute composition makes this an intimidating record.… Read more »

The Lafayette Afro-Rock Band Darkest Light

Even in the chock-full annals of rare-groove samples, The Lafayette Afro-Rock Band looms large.… Read more »

The Bird and the Bee Rayguns Are Not Just the Future

From the outrageously lush to the sublime, from Brazilian baroque to saucy soundtrack, The Bird and the Bee–L.A. duo Inara George and Greg Kurstin–make music that alternately teases and troubles the mind’s innate pop sensors.… Read more »

Tribe Tribe

Not a Carl Craig record, though it has the stamp of the famed Detroit techno producer throughout, the Tribe’s new full-length is a near-perfect record for the times.… Read more »

Jazzanova Of All the Things

Though Jazzanova has graduated from underground club mavens to major-label employees, the boys from Berlin haven’t completely lost their edge.… Read more »

Various Artists Eccentric Soul: The Young Disciples

It only takes a few bars of LaVel Moore’s “The World is Changing” to remember that the Numero Group is amongst the most prescient archivists of American music working today.… Read more »

Various Artists The Roots of Hip-Hop: From Church to Gangsta

When considering the origins of hip-hop, few look past the Sugar Hill Records era or the Bronx block parties of the ’70s. But the relatively unknown Harte label is attempting to broaden the discussion with The Roots of Hip Hop.… Read more »

Alice Russell Pot of Gold

Joss who? Amy who? The best–meaning quirkiest and most ori… Read more »

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