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17 Feb 2016 // 11:02 AM

RJD2 - “The Sheboygan Left” (Singles Going Steady)

RJD2 seems to be throwing so many things at the wall just to see what sticks. Fortunately, almost everything here does.

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Alinea Emphasizes Ideology: You Have No Choice But to Think While You Eat

Alinea is my kind of noun, shot through with an intentionality so thorough in its precision and detail that it teeters wonderfully on the edge between magic and psychosis.

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Nigel Hall: Ladies & Gentlemen… Nigel Hall

On his solo debut, Nigel Hall brings his blend of authentic soul and undeniable funk to the R&B landscape with rewarding results.

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Grammys 2016: Thundercat Emerges From Shadows to Discuss ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’

Born Stephen Bruner, the bassist was one of Lamar’s secret weapons on To Pimp a Butterfly.

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Grammys 2016: The Weeknd Takes in Breakout Year of ‘Beauty Behind the Madness’ Success

The Weeknd's breakout year is that much more remarkable given how unlikely a pop star he was.

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12 Feb 2016 // 4:20 PM

Missy Elliott - “Pep Rally” (Singles Going Steady)

Missy is still exhilarating, but "Pep Rally" doesn't quite hold up to "WTF".

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Tyler, the Creator - “Perfect” feat. Kali Uchis and Austin Feinstein

A striking level of both daring and maturity emerges in the songwriting ability of Tyler, the Creator on this track.

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Karriem Riggins and J Rocc (360°) - “Lightworks” and “E=MC²”

Renaissance man Karriem Riggins slays on the traps over a medley of J Dilla tracks.

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Grammys 2016: Flying Lotus and L.A.‘s Experimental Music Scene Are Poised to Scoop Up Rewards

Flying Lotus is everywhere at this year’s Grammys, even when you can’t see him.

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Sean Anonymous - “Chapters” (video) (premiere)

On this new track rapper Sean Anonymous takes a break for a bit of slow jam.

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The Hot 8 Brass Band: Vicennial: 20 Years of the Hot 8 Brass Band

A nicely rounded collection of the old and new on a collection that teeters on flawed, then bounces back with high energy and deep musicianship.

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Hangin’ Loose: Exploring British Soul in the Music of Loose Ends

Loose Ends cultivated an art in supreme sophistication with their groundbreaking experiments in British soul and R&B during the '80s. Decades later, their music remains as potent as it was when it first graced the airwaves and clubs of both the UK and US.

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9 Feb 2016 // 3:30 AM

Future: EVOL

EVOL doesn’t stand up to Future's critical peaks, but this could easily be seen as but a release to tide fans over before the next blockbuster.

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Sister Sledge: Circle of Love (Special 40th Anniversary Edition)

By the time this record came out in 1975 Sister Sledge had been gigging steadily for some time and releasing small singles. There's little evidence of the powerhouse this quartet became.

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‘Take Me to the River’, Please

This promising documentary about the past and future of Memphis and the Mississippi Delta music scene is overcrowded with too many captains who steer the boat aground.

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8 Feb 2016 // 10:20 AM

Leon Bridges - “River” (Singles Going Steady)

Leon Bridges resurrects the past in a language both refined and timeless.

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The Truth: A Step in the Right Direction: Singles, Demos, BBC Live (1983-1984)

Mining the R&B/Mod terrain of the early 1980s, the Truth was an attempt to fill a void left by the Jam. A new collection captures the band in its earliest form, doing what it did best back then.

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The New Faith of Kendrick Lamar: Dramatic Unity in ‘good kid, m.A.A.d city’

Lamar's story is more that just a personal statement or expression; it seeks to bring light into a city corrupted by darkness.

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5 Feb 2016 // 11:30 AM

A$AP Rocky ft. Pharrell - “Hear Me” (Singles Going Steady)

A$AP Rocky is undeniably talented and has a number of rewind-worthy tracks, but this one’s a decent candidate for the dustbin.

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5 Feb 2016 // 3:00 AM

Jamie Woon: Making Time

Jamie Woon’s Making Time is a diligently watched pot that, predictably, refuses to boil.

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