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Album Review: In Colour by Jamie xx

Pre-Listen

It’s a little odd to think that this is Jamie xx’s first solo full length album (unless you count his Gil-Scott Heron remix album); it feels like he has been around for a long time, but when you think about it, he has been. 735 more words

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STREAM: Meristems - Old News

Artist: Meristems
Album: Old News
Release: May 28, 2015
Our Take: “Stream It”

Chicago band Meristems released their debut album Old News today.

The band, which plays live as a four-piece, has been around for over a year, playing shows and a few… 221 more words

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Painted Fruits - Fruit Salad

Painted Fruits

Fruit Salad

Self-Released

As though the Beach Boys returned to the red-hot beaches of California, Painted Fruits deliver a raw and creamy whammy of an album. 158 more words

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Matana Roberts - COIN COIN Chapter Three: River Run Thee

Matana Roberts

COIN COIN Chapter Three: River Run Thee

Constellation

The 3rd volume of Matana Roberts’ COIN COIN project is a cerebral, enthralling, and utterly enjoyable piece of work. 171 more words

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Melanie Durrant - Anticipation

Melanie Durant 

Anticipation

Self-Released

Toronto-based singer/songwriter Melanie Durant has delivered an eclectic collection of Soul and R&B driven tracks on her sophomore album Anticipation. The album begins with the hard-hitting “By Your Side”, most identifiable by its prominent Hip-Hop drums, but quickly shifts gears to the much darker and funkier tone in “Wait.” “Life Goes on (Since You’ve Been Gone)” takes the album back to 1950’s Motown with a strong Etta James vibe. 98 more words

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Moon - Moon

Moon

Moon

Bruised Tongue

The moon is both bright and dark, charted, yet unknown. On Halifax quintet Moon’s eponymous release, similar parallels can be heard. A group that can confidently bring motorik krautrock jams to the table but still forced to gravitate around the jangly pull of their peers. 148 more words

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BadBadNotGood & Ghostface Killah - Sour Soul

BadBadNotGood & Ghostface Killah 

Sour Soul 

Lux

Sour Soul feels more like witnessing a theatrical production than listening to a hip-hop album. BadBadNotGood’s jazzy, symphonic sound lays the foundation for a 12 track record with equal parts rapping and vivid instrumentals flowing throughout. 113 more words

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