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Die Antwoord: Mount Ninji and Da Nice Time Kid

Die Antwoord's latest is an album that’s too obnoxious when it’s not boring and too boring when it’s not obnoxious.

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17 Oct 2016 // 2:15 AM

AlunaGeorge: I Remember

AlunaGeorge double down on a radio-friendly approach, but their latest effort suffers for a lack of variety.

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Isaiah Rashad: The Sun’s Tirade

Isaiah Rashad doesn't go out of his way to prove his transcendent talent on The Sun's Tirade, but it's undeniable by the album's conclusion.

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Danny Brown: Atrocity Exhibition

Danny Brown's latest album is also his greatest musical achievement.

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Bobby Rush: Porcupine Meat

A throwback for the ages, long live Bobby Rush and his funked up soul blues.

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Betty Harris: The Lost Queen of New Orleans Soul

Of course, this is New Orleans music so much of the best stuff has a strong sexual presence. Harris’ excitement is itself exciting.

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Gene & Eddie: True Enough: Gene & Eddie With Sir Joe at Ru-Jac

Omnivore Recordings continues gets it right with latest reissue of the Maryland-based Ru-Jac label.

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5 Oct 2016 // 2:30 AM

Banks: The Altar

The high points of The Altar are nearly perfect, but are outnumbered by a middle section comprised of unremarkable, uninspired filler.

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4 Oct 2016 // 2:05 AM

Tory Lanez: I Told You

Tory Lanez has never done anything even close to warranting as much ambition as I Told You contains.

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“Music Is Up There and You Can’t Touch It”: Macy Gray Talks About Her New Album ‘Stripped’

The soul singer's latest was made with just one microphone and four jazz musicians covering mostly her older hits. Simplicity has its merits.

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Mac Miller: The Divine Feminine

When you can't rap or sing, but you want to declare your love to your new woman, you might as well do it through groove.

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30 Sep 2016 // 11:43 AM

Kanye West - “Fade” (Singles Going Steady)

Kanye West samples some of the best house and soul from the second half of the 20th century.

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29 Sep 2016 // 11:01 AM

Common Still Making Sense in Shaping Hip-Hop

Common: "I feel energized right now by all the beautiful art out there -- Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book (Between the World and Me), Hamilton, what’s going on in Chicago hip-hop. I’ve been rereading James Baldwin. I feel sparked as an artist."

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Various Artists: Afterschool Special: The 123s of Kid Soul

A collection of kids, pushed by parents or teachers or by their own dreams of pop stardom, aspire to follow in the path of the Jacksons.

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Racializing Rock: The ‘60s and the White Sounds of ‘Pet Sounds’

Pet Sounds is not a racist text, but its impact was racist because it further encoded rock as a white genre, perpetuating the institutionalized prejudice that relegated African Americans to the margins of rock.

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Andre Cymone - “Hallelujah” (premiere)

Prince's childhood friend and bassist came back with socially-conscious rock in 2014, but with his new EP, addresses America's race issues head-on.

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21 Sep 2016 // 10:46 AM

Beyoncé - “Hold Up” (Singles Going Steady)

"Hold Up" is a slice of art that engages the senses of sight and sound, and it's beautiful.

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Clipping.: Splendor & Misery

If any group were to succeed in making a rap opera in outer space, it would be Clipping.

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Robert Glasper Experiment: ArtScience

When we last left the Robert Glasper Experiment, it stood knee-deep in star power with the Black Radio series, featuring everyone from Erykah Badu to

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James Vincent McMorrow: We Move

While 2014's Post Tropical showcased McMorrow's fondness for hip-hop's rhythms and R&B's sensual spaciousness, We Move marks a definitive step toward full-fledged pop.

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The Moving Pixels Podcast Becomes the 'Beholder'

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"It's easy to think that we would never be complicit with the dictates of an authoritarian regime, but Beholder reveals how complicated such choices can become.

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