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Here Comes the Bloom: Timothy Bloom Takes Hip-Hop to the Sock-Hop

More sock-hop than hip-hop, soulster Timothy Bloom does a stunning '50s revamp on contemporary R&B.

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John Legend: Darkness and Light

John Legend's latest proves the adage that in soul music, darkness is always better than light.

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Otis Redding: Live at the Whisky a Go Go: The Complete Recordings

Three historic nights spread out over six discs makes for an unprecedented, essential Otis Redding listening experience.

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30 Nov 2016 // 2:20 AM

6LACK: FREE 6LACK

6LACK has carved out a niche in Atlanta by drawing from the Soundcloud production aesthetic and combining his rapping ability with a smooth, if at sometimes disaffected, voice.

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29 Nov 2016 // 8:16 AM

The Weeknd: Starboy

Starboy has something for each individual, without a doubt, but it has nothing for everybody as a collective, a balance he managed on his first three releases.

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23 Nov 2016 // 9:31 AM

DAWN: Redemption Heart

DAWN concludes her Red Heart trilogy with an enigmatic yet polished dance album.

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23 Nov 2016 // 9:06 AM

Prince: 4EVER

Prince 4Ever is a look back at some of the legend’s most familiar work, and a refresher for fans who want the big hits but might also be exposed to some singles they missed along the way.

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GQ: Standing Ovation - The Story of GQ and The Rhythm Makers (1974-1982)

GQ arrived in the days of disco and left its mark on American music, one funky bassline at a time.

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16 Nov 2016 // 10:20 AM

Anderson Paak - “Come Down” (Singles Going Steady)

This choice cut from Anderson Paak is a song fit to transform any dancefloor into a heaving mass of gyrating limbs.

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Gene & Eddie: True Enough: Gene & Eddie with Sir Joe at Ru-Jac

True Enough collects the Maryland-based soul duo’s complete recordings for the Sir Joe Quarterman-owned Ru-Jac label.

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11 Nov 2016 // 2:25 AM

Alicia Keys: Here

Right when you were ready to forget about Alicia Keys, she comes back with the rawest -- and best -- album of her career.

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4 Nov 2016 // 10:14 AM

The Weeknd - “False Alarm” (Singles Going Steady)

"False Alarm", like "Starboy" before it, is a continuation of the Weeknd's union of cleanly produced R&B with lyrics straight out of a Bret Easton Ellis nightmare.

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Van Morrison: Keep Me Singing

The Irish singer draws on a variety of vocal traditions from Celtic folk to contemporary jazz, and he combines them through the sheer force of his being.

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2 Nov 2016 // 11:45 AM

Kaytranada - “You’re the One” feat. Syd (Singles Going Steady)

Kaytranada's classic, echoing beats, driving bass, and retro synth sounds provide the perfect backdrop for Syd's voice

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2 Nov 2016 // 1:10 AM

Usher: Hard II Love

Despite a handful of stellar tracks, Usher's latest album tries too hard to stay current and gets lost in the process.

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2 Nov 2016 // 1:05 AM

Dexter Wansel: Stargazer

Stargazer compiles all of Dexter Wansel’s Philadelphia International recordings, but the collection’s sequencing leaves something to be desired.

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1 Nov 2016 // 9:30 AM

Emeli Sandé - “Hurts” (Singles Going Steady)

Sandé's lyrics are so personal and her delivery so breathtaking and urgent that "Hurts" commands attention.

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31 Oct 2016 // 9:41 AM

Solange - “Don’t Touch My Hair” (Singles Going Steady)

Don't mistake Solange's cool voice for weakness: she has a strong message and proud resolve, and she makes both very clear in this stunning single.

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27 Oct 2016 // 1:20 AM

NxWorries: Yes Lawd!

Yes Lawd! wants to be a neo-soul version of Madvillainy or The Unseen or Donuts, but comes up short.

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Solange: A Seat at the Table

With this unapologetic examination of blackness in America, Solange boldly cements her status as a voice to be reckoned with.

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Exposition Dumps Don't Need Dialogue in 'Virginia'

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"Virginia manages to have an exposition dump without wordy exposition.

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