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Otis Redding: The Complete Stax/Volt Singles Collection

This sprawling new box featuring every A- and B-side Redding produced is a must for any fan of soul music and a reminder that the singer was truly one of the greatest treasures American popular music has ever produced.

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Cornell Campbell Meets Soothsayers: Nothing Can Stop Us

The lead singer of the Eternals reprises his deep roots forays with help from the new school.

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Randall Bramblett: The Bright Spots

The Bright Spots may not break new ground, but it's much more than a mere throwback. It's too confident, too accomplished, and quite simply too good to be dismissed or denied.

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The Skatalites: Walk with Me

What most people know today as reggae music is really just ska which, tired from the hot Jamaica sunshine, decided to chill out and take a breather.

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Redtenbacher’s Funkestra: The Cooker

Consistent and enjoyable, The Cooker serves as a triumphant showcase of top-rate musicianship.

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Founding Red Hot Chili Peppers Guitarist Hillel Slovak Died 25 Years Ago Today (video)

The Israeli-American guitarist played on 1985's 'Freaky Styley' and 1987's 'The Uplift Mofo Party Plan'.

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Royal Canoe: Today We’re Believers

Today We’re Believers definitely employs the kind of sound that the term “hybrid” was invented to describe, especially in its excellent mid-section.

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Willy Moon: Here’s Willy Moon

Even if the Elvis by way of trip-hop premise of Here’s Willy Moon is a gimmick, who cares when it’s this fun?

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Jazz Fest 2013: Notes from the Field and Photos

New Orleans' greatest festival turned into a music-filled swamp during the two weekends of Jazz Fest 2013. It was dirty, smelly and sonically delicious -- exactly the way Jazz Fest should be.

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Major Lazer: Free the Universe

Each bar straddles rapid snares that pop and snap like firecrackers rippling on a waterbed mattress of liquid bass. Is this starting to sound like dirty talk? Then you're starting to get it.

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1 May 2013 // 11:05 PM

Alice Russell: To Dust

Fifth solo album from authentic soul diva Alice Russell deserves to see her claim her rightful place in the vanguard of the current female singer-songwriter explosion.

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The Heliocentrics: 13 Degrees of Reality

13 Degrees of Reality is a cerebral and ambitious album that greatly benefits from stylistic non-conformity.

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Chico Mann: Magical Thinking

Mann navigates through ‘80s influences and cues masterfully throughout Magical Thinking.

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17 Apr 2013 // 11:06 PM

Beastwars: Blood Becomes Fire

Blood Becomes Fire will undoubtedly be placing high on many end-of-year lists in 2013, and the 10 songs therein present unrelenting and graphic visions of ruin and despair.

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9 Apr 2013 // 8:00 AM

20 Questions: Bad Rabbits

How do you prove your salt when you're an energetic Jam & Lewis-referencing modern-day funk band? By going on the Vans Warped Tour, of course. Now the Bad Rabbits are touring with Kendrick Lamar, have a new album out, and a fresh set of 20 Questions answers in tow...

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Charles Bradley: Victim of Love

Throughout Victim of Love, Bradley exhibits vocals rich in soul, grit, and emotion.

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31 Mar 2013 // 11:02 PM

The Lions: This Generation

Are we heading for a roots-reggae renaissance?

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27 Jan 2013 // 9:31 AM

Solid Steel Radio Show 25/1/2013 Part 1 + 2 - Coldcut (MP3)

British electronic duo Coldcut head up this week's edition of the Solid Steel Radio Show, which Ninja Tune presents on their Soundcloud.

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22 Jan 2013 // 2:00 AM

Kylie Auldist: Still Life

Hearkening back to the days of classic soul, Still Life is an updated retro-soul affair that serves as a solid testament to R&B singer Auldist's artistry.

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19 Aug 2012 // 11:03 PM

Belleruche: Rollerchain

An initially intriguing affair that ultimately succeeds more as a novelty.

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Country Fried Rock: Drivin' N' Cryin' to Be Inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame

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""If Drivin' N' Cryin' sounded as good in the '80s as we do now, we could have been as big as Cinderella." -- Kevn Kinney

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