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When Kontagious Was Shaken, Not Stirred

Koray Fuat, formerly of UK band Kontagious, recounts how the band's briefly ubiquitous single "Shake It Up" shook things up in London's hip-hop underground for a short while.

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Future and DJ Esco: Project E.T.

Similar to Purple Reign and EVOL, Project E.T. lacks the urgency and eye for detail that made Future the star he is.

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Pointer Sisters: Greatest Hits (Expanded Edition)

Despite its title, this Greatest Hits comp deftly mixes radio smashes with lesser-known album cuts to paint a picture of a group burgeoning on pop stardom, but stops just a breath before they got there.

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Allen Toussaint: American Tunes

On his final album, New Orleans songwriter, producer, and pianist Toussaint puts his distinctive stamp on jazz, pop, and R&B classics.

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FKi 1st: First Time for Everything (Part 1)

With First Time for Everything (Part 1), FKi 1st continues to construct the supersonic bridge to the days of future past with their amalgamation of trap, drum, and bass tones that sound more relevant than tomorrow.

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Allen Toussaint’s ‘American Tunes’ Is a Fitting Swan Song for the Late Musician

Toussaint applies his distinctive pianistic touch to a selection of songs by Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Professor Longhair and Paul Simon, among several others.

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Bionik - ‘The Way I Be’ (EP stream) (premiere)

Bionik's i>The Way I Be EP is a revitalization and re-exploration of the strobe-light, cymbal-heavy trap that briefly peaked around 2013 before re-entering the underground.

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Principled Pleasure: Janet Jackson’s ‘Control’ at 30 Still Commands Respect

A masterpiece of self worth-themed contextual pop proves our idiocy for downgrade shaming her to the status of "wardrobe malfunction".

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15 Jun 2016 // 12:07 PM

Big Everything - ‘Big Everything Mixtape’ (audio) (premiere)

Big Everything's music springs from the fertile wellspring of New York club culture and incorporates soul, funk, and disco into the electronic mix.

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15 Jun 2016 // 9:38 AM

De La Soul - “Pain” feat. Snoop Dogg (Singles Going Steady)

In an era where trap music, concert shootings, and lame rap beefs define hip-hop, De La Soul rekindle the musical flame that made rap such a popular genre to begin with.

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Leave Me Out of Your Loop: An Interview with Homeboy Sandman

A fixture in the indie hip-hop scene, Homeboy Sandman pivots from sociological commentary to personal rumination on new album Kindness for Weakness.

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Chance the Rapper feat. 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne - “No Problem” (Singles Going Steady)

"No Problem" is a bold hip-hop song that will make you want to go to church and the club at the same time.

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14 Jun 2016 // 10:39 AM

Aaron Neville Shares New Song “I Wanna Love You” (audio)

NOLA soul man Aaron Neville releases new single "I Wanna Love You" ahead of album release.

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13 Jun 2016 // 2:15 AM

Oddisee: The Odd Tape

The Odd Tape is pleasant and lively but overstays its welcome in the process.

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Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes: To Be True (Expanded Edition)

Stone-cold Philly Soul classic gets the reissue treatment, complete with bonus tracks and thorough liner notes.

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Eli Paperboy Reed: My Way Home

An invigorating slab of "garage soul", R&B shouter Reed's latest album, My Way Home, is a gospel-fused reinvention.

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Lack of Afro: Hello Baby

Technically, Hello Baby is a soul album, but in actuality it’s the furthest thing from it.

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5 Jun 2016 // 1:13 PM

William Bell’s Soul Still Rings

William Bell was there at Stax Records from the beginning.

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Watch Leon Bridges Sweet Homecoming in ‘This Is Home’ Short Documentary

Director Danny Clinch's short doc about Leon Bridges showcases calmer moments of the talented young soul singer's breakthrough year.

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Andre Williams: I Wanna Go Back to Detroit City

Motor City icon and veritable musical institution Andre Williams returns with a tough, cocksure love letter to his beloved city.

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Intimacy with the Devil: Horror and 'the static speaks my name'

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"the static speaks my name creates an uncomfortable intimacy between the player and the protagonist.

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