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LXL - “Mung Bean Chutney” (video) (premiere)

Detroit hip hop group LXL releases debut music video, set to be the first in a narrative series.

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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 // 10:38 AM

Future - “Low Life” feat. the Weeknd (Singles Going Steady)

Riding over a wave of nocturnal, ether-addled synth textures, "Low Life" showcases standout performances from both Future and the Weekend.

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Time of Absence: Documenting Kanye West’s ‘Life of Pablo’

The Life of Pablo is an ideological attack against the pop institutions that continually try to mystify art and control the artist's identity for profit.

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Young Thug: Slime Season 3

Slime Season 3 succeeds on multiple levels, none more exciting than his ongoing exercise in seeing just how elastic syllables are.

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31 Mar 2016 // 9:10 AM

Basmala - “Chopa Sidi” (audio) (premiere)

Basmala walks the line between hip-hop and electronic music, visiting the realm of avant-garde jazz, all in an effort to create forward-looking, experimental music that he dubs visionary soul.

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31 Mar 2016 // 2:20 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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30 Mar 2016 // 2:20 AM

Baauer: Aa

Though Aa is frustratingly short, it's nevertheless one of the best things the impressive young producer has created thus far.

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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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Crew Love: Based on a True Story

Often hypnotic, often funky mash-ups of different club styles, Based on a True Story, an allstar collaborative release from Wolf + Lamb and Soul Clap DJ labels, runs the gamut of Soundcloud mix-core.

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Shabazz Palaces Headlines the “Mountain Series” from Pickathon (video) (premiere)

Shabazz Palaces perfectly exemplifies the Pickathon aesthetic as they have greatly expanded hip-hop's palette.

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29 Mar 2016 // 9:42 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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‘Real Love No Drama’ Is Longer on Praise for Mary J. Blige Than Context

One hopes Real Love No Drama will not be the last word on one of the most culturally significant black stars to emerge since hip-hop went pop in the late ‘80s.

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28 Mar 2016 // 2:20 AM

Nixxon: For No Good Reason

Nixxon's latest offers after-dark R&B drenched with the sweat of both sex and fright.

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28 Mar 2016 // 2:10 AM

Kano: Made in the Manor

Kano’s fifth LP sees the rapper revisiting his childhood haunts in an attempt to come to terms with his past.

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Michael Jackson: Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall

Something as fresh and lively as Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall results in a rare enhancement of what you already have come to know and love.

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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis: This Unruly Mess I’ve Made

The only thing stranger than Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' new album is the mindset that the duo must've had when making it.

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Domo Genesis - “GO (GAS)” feat. Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J and Tyler, the Creator

A sloppy, drugged-out hip-hop bacchanalia, "Go (Gas)" is a no-frills collaboration between some of rap's heaviest hitters.

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Grace Kelly - “Blues For Harry Bosch” (Mocean Worker Remix) (video) (premiere)

Twenty-three-year-old jazz saxophonist and singer Grace Kelly creates compelling music for Amazon's Bosch TV show.

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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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Virtual Reality and Storytelling: What Happens When Art and Technology Collide?

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"Virtual reality is changing the face of entertainment, and I can see a future when I will find myself inside VR listening to some psych-rock while meditating on an asteroid.

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