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The Weeknd: Beauty Behind the Madness

Beauty swaps the Weeknd's black light laments for humming neon fluorescents, the party line kept intact though the guests are having much more fun.

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Ashford and Simpson: Is it Still Good to Ya / Stay Free

There are spaces where one can imagine audiences finding the groove in the disco rap suggested by these recordings.

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27 Aug 2015 // 4:00 PM

Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens - “You Got to Move” (audio)

Daptone Records usually delivers the goods, and this is no exception.

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27 Aug 2015 // 1:30 AM

FKA twigs: M3LL155X

The success of FKA twigs says as much about shifting public tastes as it does her unique style.

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FKA twigs: M3LL155X (take 2)

With M3LL155X FKA twigs cements her status as the most experimental pop musician within the last few years.

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26 Aug 2015 // 1:10 AM

Jill Scott: Woman

On Woman, Jill Scott is both reflective and bitter: not only with the world, but also herself.

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Barrence Whitfield and the Savages: Under the Savage Sky

Barrence Whitfield and the Savages sound as wonderfully raw and unhinged as ever on their latest record. Hopefully it will find an audience to match.

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The Isley Brothers: The RCA Victor & T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983)

This boxed set reveals the full scope of the Ohio-born group's genius across 23 discs and hours of pure joy.

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Golden Rules: Golden Ticket

Golden Rules is the unlikely brainchild of Paul White, a South London producer, and Eric Biddines, a Floridian rapper

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Kayla - “No Smoke Without Fire” (video) (premiere)

The BRIT School product makes an immediate impression on her slow-burning new video.

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‘Straight Outta Compton’ and ‘Hamilton’ Speak to Modern Protests Through Hip-hop

Rap is sometimes seen as having gone soft, handed over to people singing of a kind of wish fulfillment more than their desire to have wishes fulfilled. But the return of highly serious work in a hip-hop context changes the game.

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Lisa Stansfield - “All Around the World” (live) (video) (premiere)

The great soul diva returns with a live album celebrating her 2014 comeback.

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19 Aug 2015 // 1:15 AM

Dr. Dre: Compton (take 2)

After 15 years of largely playing mentor to developing artists, Dr. Dre makes a triumphant 11th hour solo return.

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Elise Testone - “Now” (audio) (premiere)

The American Idol finalist continues to successfully distance herself from the hype machine, finding her own voice in the process.

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Doug Locke - “Style on Fleek” (audio) (premiere)

Locke's latest is a nasty R&B jam with a little contemporary slang for good measure.

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Gianna - “Baby, It’s You” (audio) (premiere)

A debut single needs to make a strong first impression, and "Baby, It's You" does just that.

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12 Aug 2015 // 1:20 AM

Georgia: Georgia

Like other musical omnivores before her, Georgia is distilling the essence of music of the period.

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Dr. Dre’s New Album ‘Compton’ Is a Master Class in Music, Culture, Business

Dre’s Compton, his first album since 1999, offered a different kind of entertainment but sparked just as much buzz on social media by a devoted following that stretches from teens to fiftysomethings.

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Wendy & Lisa: Fruit at the Bottom

The late ‘80s album gets a fresh work-out with re-mastered expanded edition, featuring Prince remix.

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10 Aug 2015 // 1:30 AM

Tunde Olaniran: Transgressor

This is hip-hop in 2015. This is R&B in 2015. This is music in 2015. It isn’t static, it isn’t formally restricted, it’s hell-bent on blurring lines.

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Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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