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Tuesday, July 15 2014

Jungle: Jungle

This British retro-funk duo has created something unpretentious enough to energize a dance floor at 2 a.m., yet curious enough to suggest there’s something just a tad thornier under the surface.


Monday, June 30 2014

Wiz Khalifa: 28 Grams

28 Grams is full of interesting, moody, personality-drenched beats, many of which go to waste because they’re not suited to the artist.


Tuesday, June 17 2014

Hank Williams: The Garden Spot Programs, 1950

Recorded live in the same Nashville studio where Williams made his records, these tracks separate the singer’s mournful vocals just enough from their backing to echo the eerie, unmoored loneliness of the lyrics.


Sunday, June 8 2014

Kool Keith: Demolition Crash

It’s never been more obvious that Kool Keith needs the stabilizing influence and instincts of a quality producer. Now more than ever, he’s Magneto without his helmet.


Tuesday, June 3 2014

Miranda Lambert: Platinum

Here's a chart-baiting country album that also happens to be an exploration of the spoils, perils, and hypocrisies of female stardom.


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