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Next Stop… Soweto - Vols. 1-3: Limited Edition Box Set

Next Stop… Soweto - Vols. 1-3: Limited Edition Box Set

Compiled by Duncan Brooker and Francis Gooding, the Next Stop… Soweto series represents one the widest-ranging compilation projects ever undertaken on South African music. Over three volumes, this limited edition box set covers early mbaqange and township jive, through the late-'60s "Soultown" scene, and the rich jazz happenings of the '60s, '70s, and beyond. Featuring bands like the Movers and jazz-greats Dudu Pukwana and Early Mabuza, this collection provides a unique snapshot of South Africa's homegrown music scene under apartheid and the incredible diversity of sounds from the era.

The 10 Best Electropop Albums of 2019

From bubbly, perky synthpop to the deepest of darkwave, electropop in 2019 reflected the general malaise by forging the brightest of pop to forget the bad times on the one hand, and embracing downtempo textures and moods on the other.

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Codeine Club Music: 10 Sizzurp Rappers and Their Lean Lyrics

Southern Houston rappers put a twist on old blues musicians' mix of cough syrup and booze and stirred it up into a more dangerous concoction. Here are 10 rappers who took the brew from their double-cups and dropped the purple drank / sizzurp / Texas tea / "lean" into their lyrics to mixed effect.

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Brits in Hot Weather #19

This week we have shadowy trap from Jordan Comolli, grime infused techno from Barney Lister, eclectic indie from Weird Milk, lo-fi indie pop from Tricky Juno, and an absolute belter from Two Tribes.

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