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Anthony Hamilton: What I’m Feelin’

A reflective record for a man much more conflicted than one might guess, What I'm Feelin' turns out to be somewhat of a fascinating listen.

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4 Apr 2016 // 2:42 PM

Andy Stott - “Butterflies” (Singles Going Steady)

The mood is one that Stott fans are already intimately acquainted with: dread stitched to a creeping sense of urgency, cognitive fogginess, the inclination that you may be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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31 Mar 2016 // 1:20 AM

Charles Bradley: Changes

Charles Bradley is the closest living equivalent to James Brown today. He’s a dynamic performer whose style is purposely reminiscent of the Soul King.

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Always Cry 4 Love, Never Cry 4 Pain: Prince’s 30-year ‘Parade’

On Parade, Prince allows an openness to ideas and collaboration to a degree he’d never experienced before, and it brings out the best in him.

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Gregory Porter - “Don’t Lose Your Steam” (Singles Going Steady)

Gregory Porter has his eyes on the good things in life and uses his voice to remind us of their presence.

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30 Mar 2016 // 10:50 AM

Boulevards - ‘Groove!’ (album stream) (premiere)

Jamil Rashad, a/k/a Boulevards, is part of the batch of new indie soul musicians lighting up the music world and bringing some serious grooves back into contemporary popular music.

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Andy Stott Releases New Video “Butterflies” and Announces New Album

Much heralded electronic producer Andy Stott is returning with his fourth album, Too Many Voices, releasing 22 April via Modern Love.

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Mavis Staples: Livin’ on a High Note

Mavis never really went away. She’s always been in the mix. It’s just that new generations keep finding ways to discover her.

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Rasputin Stash: Devil Made Me Do It

Second album by Chicago’s underground funk heroes gets another chance to unleash its decidedly non-commercial approximations of commercial R&B on the masses in this new reissue.

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29 Mar 2016 // 8:42 AM

BJ the Chicago Kid - “The New Cupid” feat. Kendrick Lamar

Just to prove it's 2016, Kendrick Lamar pops in, and it's an unforced appearance, not exploitative in the least. A funky, sexy, eclectic single.

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28 Mar 2016 // 8:25 AM

Seinabo Sey Is Off to a Fast Start

Seinabo Sey: "The artists I love, like Jill Scott and Common, they are great storytellers who help people with their songs."

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25 Mar 2016 // 10:00 AM

Deltino Guerreiro - “Duas Caras” (Singles Going Steady)

Hailing from Mozambique, Deltino Guerreiro melds soul, R&B, and traditional African polyrhythms on "Duas Caras".

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23 Mar 2016 // 10:14 AM

Maylight - “Heavy Artillery” (Singles Going Steady)

Resembling an amalgam of future-funk and experimental jazz, "Heavy Artillery" follows Lizzy Parks' sultry vocal performance through a contracting fog of electronic whirrings and lounge-room bass.

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Allen Stone: Radius (Deluxe Edition)

These seven songs serve themselves well as must-have additions to Stone’s overarching catalog, perhaps even better than the original whole of Radius itself.

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18 Mar 2016 // 10:30 AM

Terrace Martin - “Think of You” (Singles Going Steady)

"Think of You" is a beautiful, dreamy slice of heaven.

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Local Music for Global Action: Massilia Sound System’s Political Intervention

Massilia introduced new themes into the repertoire of French left-wing music, exhorting listeners to confront postcolonial realities, embrace the increasingly multicultural character of French society, and combat the global neoliberal turn.

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LUXXURY - “Hold On” (video) (premiere)

LUXXURY is releasing a number of sunny California vibed out disco tracks that are as great on the dancefloor as they are chilling on the couch.

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14 Mar 2016 // 1:30 PM

The Internet - “Special Affair/Curse” (Singles Going Steady)

This one-two punch from the Internet is a woozy slice of organic soul that distances itself enough from traditional R&B that they're probably going to get tagged with the "alternative R&B".

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10 Mar 2016 // 2:10 AM

The Orb: Alpine

Ambient house merrymakers expand a recent compilation track into a brief but potent suite.

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African Head Charge: My Life in a Hole in the Ground / Environmental Studies / Drastic Season

Hearing African Head Charge's four LPs now they play like one long, unfolding record, a complex document meshing experiments with structure, old sounds with new, and weaving various traditions into one heady mix.

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