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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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22 Mar 2016 // 1:05 AM

Babyfather: Platinum Tears

In just 25 minutes, the self-styled Babyfather contrasts braggadocious raps with wildly shambolic instrumentation.

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21 Mar 2016 // 1:30 PM

Roots Manuva - “Crying” (Singles Going Steady)

"Crying" is such a powerful track that not only do I enjoy the auditory assault, I actually want more of it when the song finally ends.

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Lyrics Born Variety Show, Season 7 The Series Finale (mixtape) (premiere)

Lyrics Born conceives these sets as shows and there's an amazing flow from song to song, rather like a really well-produced radio show.

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Nyck Caution: Disguise the Limit

Pro Era member Nyck Caution proves that he's ready for the big leagues on his new mixtape.

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18 Mar 2016 // 10:30 AM

Terrace Martin - “Think of You” (Singles Going Steady)

"Think of You" is a beautiful, dreamy slice of heaven.

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L’Orange and Jeremiah Jae (feat. Homeboy Sandman) - “Ignore the Man to Your Right”

Not only is "Ignore the Man to Your Right" a killer song, it's also hip-hop that no other artists are doing right now.

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Waiting for Buddy Guy: Chicago Blues at the Crossroads

In the late '70s and early '80s, British blues fan Alan Harper became a transatlantic pilgrim to Chicago. He came to listen to the blues. This rich memoir captures not only the music, but the memories of many of Chicago's great blues legends and others who lived during this important era.

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17 Mar 2016 // 1:14 PM

Homeboy Sandman - “Life Support” (Singles Going Steady)

Here's hoping Homeboy Sandman makes art as amazing as "Life Support" for years to come.

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Come to Dada: Maestro Gamin’s Hip-Hop Surrealism

Maestro Gamin's surreal and irregular grooves court hip-hop culture as much as they do jazz, his music transmitting from some Dadaist aperture of sound.

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16 Mar 2016 // 10:00 AM

Alessia Cara - “Wild Things” (Singles Going Steady)

Alessia Cara definitely has some songwriting chops, but she also tends to toss in unnecessary cliches and tropes whenever she can.

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14 Mar 2016 // 1:30 PM

The Internet - “Special Affair/Curse” (Singles Going Steady)

This one-two punch from the Internet is a woozy slice of organic soul that distances itself enough from traditional R&B that they're probably going to get tagged with the "alternative R&B".

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14 Mar 2016 // 8:26 AM

Kirk Knight ft. Joey Bada$$ - “5 Minutes” (Singles Going Steady)

"5 Minutes" is a confrontational, indie-rap cogitation splayed out over a circular, melancholic beat.

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11 Mar 2016 // 10:35 AM

Kano - “Endz” (Singles Going Steady)

Kano expertly spits out the rhymes, and the stuttering beat and minimalist piano give everything a terrific edge.

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Esperanza Spalding: Emily’s D+Evolution

The jazz singer and bassist -- and former Grammy "Best New Artist" -- has created a beyond category masterpiece that sounds better than if Joni Mitchell hired Living Colour as her band and then grafted it all onto a hip-hop sensibility of sorts.

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NxWorries (Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge) - “Link Up” (Singles Going Steady)

"Link Up" takes the avant-funk template pioneered by Kendrick Lamar on To Pimp a Butterfly and leans it back across a smooth, sophisti-pop groove.

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Kendrick Lamar: untitled unmastered

After a year of artistic triumph, Kendrick Lamar delves deeper into his thoughts and anxieties on an album that is anything but a lazy victory lap.

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The Life You Save May Be Your Own: The Rise of Toronto’s Nixxon

Redressing the issues of a troubled past, Toronto's Nixxon, a one-time musical associate of the Weeknd, cuts his own swath with the release of his new album -- a gothic-futurist exercise in R&B.

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"Ever wondered what the difference between cinnamon and cassia is? The Encyclopedia of Spices and Herbs will teach you.

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