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Tuesday, May 21 2013

Run the Jewels (El-P and Killer Mike) - “Get It” (stream)

The new song from hip-hop odd couple El-P and Killer Mike continues the synergy found on their outstanding 2012 solo efforts, finding the duo sliding into a masterful, sinister comfort zone that's the equivalent of two super villains doing battle over the world right before they decide to conquer it together.


Monday, May 20 2013

Poisonous Relationship: Garden of Problems

This vinyl and digital only “album” feels more like a DJ's tool than a pure record, but it works best when the experimental nature of the music is unfurled and the artist just lets loose.


Tree - “The King” (MP3/stream)

Chicago rapper/producer Tree flips a sample of the Elvis classic "Can't Help Falling in Love" and makes the track his own with his gruff, elastic vocal delivery and alternately tough and clever lyricism.


Thursday, May 9 2013

will.i.am: #willpower

#willpower sets the dance floor ablaze with excellent production, flawed by a lack of cohesion.


Wednesday, May 1 2013

k-os: BLack on BLonde

A sprawling, two-disc set that exposes the two distinct poles of the Canadian MC's psyche.


Tuesday, April 30 2013

The Heliocentrics: 13 Degrees of Reality

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


Thursday, April 25 2013

All That Turns to Gold: The Post-Punk Alchemy of My Gold Mask!

Chicago's artfully embellished trio My Gold Mask deliver style, panache, and otherworldy grooves with eerie ease.


Thursday, April 18 2013

Kid Cudi: Indicud

Back with his first solo effort in over two years, Kid Cudi gets back to his famously atmospheric style of rap. Indicud is an album that is sure to please the Kid Cudi fanbase.


Thursday, April 11 2013

Papoose: The Nacirema Dream

It's hard to argue that it was worth the wait, but Papoose's debut album is finally upon us and it has a lot to offer.


Wednesday, April 3 2013

Charles Bradley: Victim of Love

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


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