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25 Jul 2016 // 2:00 PM

Atmosphere - “Ringo” (Singles Going Steady)

Atmosphere captures the humor and pathos of just trying to succeed when the deck is always stacked against you.

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25 Jul 2016 // 1:00 PM

DJ Shadow - “The Mountain Will Fall” (Singles Going Steady)

The title track from DJ Shadow's first album in five years is the sound of an old pro showing the kids how it's done.

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25 Jul 2016 // 2:20 AM

Aaron Neville: Apache

Aaron Neville sounds overcome with feeling -- even orgasmic, without having to strain. Like a gentle rain, his voice soothingly cleanses the air.

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Grace Jones: Warm Leatherette (Deluxe Edition)

Though it was her fourth album, Warm Leatherette is really where it all started for the one and only Ms. Jones.

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The Avalanches: Wildflower (take two)

After 16 years, the hype for another Avalanches album is inescapable, and Wildflower drowns in comparisons. On its own, however, it's a joyous ray of sunshine with an identity all its own.

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20 Jul 2016 // 2:30 AM

Clams Casino: 32 Levels

32 Levels is the album that Clams Casino’s production up to this point has been promising, and he made good on it.

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William Bell: This Is Where I Live

Soul survivor reunites with the label that launched his career and the result is captivating.

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18 Jul 2016 // 2:52 PM

Laura Mvula - “Show Me Love” (Singles Going Steady)

"Show Me Love" is an incantatory, gospel-tinged art-pop hymnal that drifts from moments of deep personal introspection to fissions of out-of-body spiritual awareness.

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Living by the Word in Jooyoung Lee’s ‘Blowin’ Up: Rap Dreams in South Central’

Blowin’ Up peers into the world of hip-hop as it is lived by some of the art form’s most dedicated practitioners.

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ScHoolboy Q: Blank Face (take 2)

ScHoolboy Q's new album is an improvement on all fronts for the young Californian rapper.

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Barbara Freese Reminds Us: Power Over Nature Is Bought at a Great Price

This new edition of Coal is a compulsively readable history of how coal made the modern world, and of modern attempts to to make a world without coal.

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Various Artists: Boombox - Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro and Disco Rap 79-82

None of the artists on this in-depth Soul Jazz compilation went on to achieve Bambaataa levels of fame, but nearly 35 years removed, that early hip-hop flavor remains as fresh as ever.

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13 Jul 2016 // 2:30 AM

The Avalanches: Wildflower

Wildflower is an hour-long musical journey through dimensions of sound and invention that were previously only accessible via the Avalanches' magical debut.

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12 Jul 2016 // 2:30 AM

Blood Orange: Freetown Sound

It’s a flawed love-letter to the '80s, to the people who just want to dance, to the people who feel marginalized, to the people who feel oppressed. Given recent events, it’s an uplifting album in embarrassing times.

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12 Jul 2016 // 2:10 AM

Kaytranada: 99.9%

Montreal-based producer Kaytranada attempts a lot of things on his debut. When he hits the mark, it's great. If only he hit the mark just a bit more often.

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11 Jul 2016 // 2:30 AM

ScHoolboy Q: Blank Face

This is some 74 minutes of dark nights on the West Coast, looking for temporary satisfaction in women and drugs, with a production and feature roster that’ll make you drool.

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30 Jun 2016 // 2:30 AM

Maxwell: blackSUMMERS’night

Just over 20 years after his debut album wowed audiences, blackSUMMERS'night is upon us.

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29 Jun 2016 // 11:35 AM

Wyclef Jean - “Hendrix” (Singles Going Steady)

Wyclef Jean's "Hendrix" is a brooding reflection on friends lost to drugs and innocence lost to sociogenic pressure.

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When Kontagious Was Shaken, Not Stirred

Koray Fuat, formerly of UK band Kontagious, recounts how the band's briefly ubiquitous single "Shake It Up" shook things up in London's hip-hop underground for a short while.

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Future and DJ Esco: Project E.T.

Similar to Purple Reign and EVOL, Project E.T. lacks the urgency and eye for detail that made Future the star he is.

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