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Various Artists BNR Vol. 1

Calling Boysnoize Records the German Ed Banger isn’t exactly fair, but it’s also not entirely inaccurate. While their French counterparts may have all the glitz and glamour, BNR has the same dedicatio…

Sascha Funke Watergate 02

Watergate 02 finds German techno don Sasha Funke at the top of his game. Recorded live at Berlin’s famed Watergate Club (where Funke is a resident DJ), he effortlessly weaves his way through electro f…

Various Artists Basswerk Sessions Vol.3

The last Basswerk Sessions volume came out in 2003 and unfortunately, Vol. 3 only reinforces that drum & bass has not advanced much in the past five years. Although the Cologne-based label has do…

DJ Tecas "Bate No Peito (Com Respeito)"

In recent months, the internet has been abuzz with the sounds of kuduro, the high-energy, lo-fi dance music coming out of Angola. Yet very few official kuduro releases exist, as even within Angola the…

Crown City Rockers "Body Rock"

Four years removed from their last album, Earthtones, Oakland’s Crown City Rockers are back with a new single. The Bay Area hip-hop crew is known for their funk-driven, party-starting sounds, an…

School of Seven Bells "Connjur"

Brooklyn band School of Seven Bells proves that shoegaze is alive and well in 2008. Taken from their debut album. Alpinisms, “Connjur” is a dreamy pop tune anchored in swirling guitar melo…

Monareta "Me Voy Pa'l Mar"

Combining electro with more traditional cumbia and champeta sounds from their native Colombia, Brooklyn-by-way-of-Bogota duo Monareta is part of the growing wave of artists pushing the boundaries of e…

El Remolón "La Bonita"

The members of the Zizek collective sure know how to keep themselves busy. Besides running a weekly party in Buenos Aires, Argentina, touring North America (twice), and releasing a steady stream of fr…

Cabide DJ "Me and You"

Despite all the ink and blog posts devoted to baile funk in recent years, relatively few Brazilian artists and DJs have been able to make the trek to the United States and deliver their sounds directl…

Madvillain Madvillainy 2: The Madlib Remix

Ever since the 2004 release of the widely acclaimed Madvillainy, hip-hop heads have been waiting for more material from the legendary MF Doom and Madlib collaboration. Although a proper follow-up is s…

Dark Captain Light Captain Miracle Kicker

Miracle Kicker is not a bad album. In fact, the debut full-length from this London outfit is a well-crafted collection of folksy songs with gentle electronic elements. The problem is that it’s all bee…

TV on the Radio Dear Science

On their third album, Brooklyn art-rockers TV on the Radio do what they do best, which seems to be just about everything. Whether crafting wistful neo-soul ballads (“Family Tree”), distortion-tinged p…

Somewhere: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Until recently, cumbia has been anything but cool in Buenos Aires. For decades Argentinian trendsetters wanted no part of this traditional folk-dance music of Colombian origin. With its repetitive per…

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