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Khruangbin Add Vocals But Keep the Funk on 'Mordechai'

Khruangbin's third album Mordechai is a showcase for their chemistry and musical chops.

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Dumama and Kechou Explore Folk, Dub and Free Jazz on the Splendid 'Buffering Juju'

Folklore, dub, and free jazz unite in Dumama and Kechou's new concept album, Buffering Juju. The duo confront the past and the present, taking on not only legacies of pain, but legacies of thriving through it.

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The Garifuna Collective Embrace Change and Rhythm on the Outstanding 'Aban'

Aban is the Garifuna Collective at their most dynamic, playing with textures and techniques for an album that exults in the potential for newness in musical frameworks long-established

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Khruangbin Go All-Out Summer with New Dub Mix, 'Hasta El Cielo'

If Khruangbin's Con Todo El Mundo was a sweltering Texas night drive, then Hasta El Cielo is a beachfront sunset. No longer on the attack, Khruangbin relax at last.

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Carmen Villain's 'Both Lines Will Be Blue' Explores Andean Melodies Through Ambient Dub

Carmen Villain's latest album Both Lines Will Be Blue veers hard from her last two albums, trading her psychedelic roots for spacious ambient dub.

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Mark Stewart & The Maffia Celebrate Reissue of Seminal LP Via "Liberty City" (premiere)

Ex-Pop Group man Mark Stewart returns with a reissue of his 1983 debut album with a wealth of bonus cuts and a reminder that the avant-garde never sleeps.

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When Reggae Became Lover's Rock: An Interview with Don Letts

Don Letts' latest endeavor, as part of his Turtle Bay Reggae 45 series of podcasts, is to tell the story of a notable but probably less well-known genre that helped to shape the identity of many young black Britons during the '70s: lover's rock.

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Joe Strummer's Greatest Hits? '001' Compiles the Should-have-been-smashes with Rarities

Pre and post Clash recordings, rarities and a surprise or two on a long overdue anthology of the enduring artist that is Joe Strummer.

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The Orb's 'No Sounds Are Out of Bounds' Is One Bold and Fascinating Album

By opening the door to collaborators, the Orb have created a finely-tuned, artistic slam-dunk on No Sounds Are Out of Bounds.

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The Bug - "Bad ft. Flowdan" (Singles Going Steady)

This new collaboration between Kevin "The Bug" Martin and Flowdan mixes a lot of sludgy noise with some spot-on lyrical flow.

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Thievery Corporation Fires Up San Francisco for the Musical Resistance

Blending a dazzling array of musical influences and directions for more than two decades now, Thievery Corporation have come to represent one of the 21st century's boldest bands in both genre-blending style and lyrical impact.

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Hype Williams: Rainbow Edition

To listen to Rainbow Edition is to constantly be waiting for the next thing.

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Gaudi: Magnetic

The producer's interplay between drum and bass forms the album's heart. A resonant, visceral listen.

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Jah Wobble: In Dub

This collection of selections and collaborations spanning 30 years confirms Jah Wobble as the foremost interpreter and practitioner of dub on the global scale. He is a consummate musician to boot.

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Various Artists: Studio One Dub Fire Special

Studio One Dub Fire Special is as clear an overview of dub’s most basic essence as you could ask for.

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Wearing the Wrong Clothes: An Interview with Punk-Hippie Alig Fodder

Front man of shape-shifting post-punk act Family Fodder talks about the early days, the songwriting process, and how an unbridled fashion sense may have kept them out of the limelight.

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The Bunny Gang: Thrive

Say what you will about being a copycat, the Bunny Gang does a startling Clash impersonation.

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Lee "Scratch" Perry & Iguana - Vibes EP

Soaring reggae vocals over a nicely varied bunch of new-school dub riddims from Lee "Scratch" and new associate Iguana.

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Nightmares on Wax: N.O.W. Is the Time

Career-spanning retrospective from Nightmares on Wax takes in black music from jazz and blues to funk and hip-hop, and then some more.

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Tradesman and Parly B ft. Adam Prescott: Dubplate Fashion

Referencing the golden age of digital reggae production, Leeds-based producer Tradesman delivers an extremely crisp and deep revision of the classic "Rumours" riddim, bringing its now slightly dated sounds completely up-to-date.

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Roots Manuva: Banana Skank EP

Nice stocking filler by UK's pre-eminent hip-hop artist.

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Easy Star All-Stars: Easy Star's Thrillah

They wanna be start’n somethin’ for sure -- but is it a dub record or a wedding dance?

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Cristian Vogel: The Inertials

Forget everything you know about Cristian Vogel ... unless you've never heard of him, in which case, prepare to learn a lot about Cristian Vogel, care of his finest work in 20 years or so.

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The Orb Featuring Lee Scratch Perry: The Observer in the Star House

In keeping with the Orb’s tendency toward sci-fi themes, the album is called The Observer in the Star House. But the sci-fi endeavor is more Cocoon than Star Wars – gentle, romantic and consistently delivered rather than epic in scope.

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Kottarashky & the Rain Dogs: Demoni

Only you know whether you need any more one-chord dub vamps sitting around the house. These have some cool clarinet solos, at least.

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The Spy From Cairo: Arabadub

Middle Eastern dub vibes via New York on this club friendly album.

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Bigg Juss: Machines That Make Civilization Fun

After a seven year interlude, Bigg Jus is back, as angry and as erudite as ever. Sputtering polyrhythms on the verge of chaos, Machines That Make Civilization Fun is a claustrophobic, paranoid soundtrack to suit the age of Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring.

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Porter Ricks: Biokinetics

Type Records reissues this classic of dub techno, originally the premier CD release and crown jewel of the Chain Reaction catalogue.

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Rusko: Songs

On his sophomore record Songs, Rusko is solid when he sticks back to basics dubstep, while his commercial dalliances are still hit and miss.

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White Rainbow: The Making of Thriller

Both of these tracks have more in common with their namesake than Forkner probably intended -- they're largely spiritless and unmemorable.

Morgan Troper
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King Midas Sound: Without You

Here is a remixed, "revoiced" version of the trio's moody, dubby Waiting For You. With Scritti Politti!

John Bergstrom
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Dub Trio: IV

Heavy Metal styles and dub sensibilities collide on this crisp instrumental assault.

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Steve Mason & Dennis Bovell: Ghosts Outside

Ghosts Outside is a worthwhile addition to Mason’s small discography. This is a record that, despite its flaws, occupies an interesting niche and a fascinating approach to a remix.

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Extra Classic: Your Light Like White Lightning, Your Light Like a Laser Beam

Extra Classic pays homage, and shows its own vitality, when they build off of Jamaican music, but the band should find subject material a bit closer to home.

Matthew Fiander
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