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New Gen: New Gen

As the mainstream gradually catches up and embraces grime, New Gen delivers an exciting insight into the next wave of artists breaking through.

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The 10 Best Songs About New Beginnings

In honor of a new year, here is a list of songs that can help nudge even the idlest of souls off the couch in 2015.

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Ten Great Cover Singers

Though this may be the time of year when cloying pop covers of Christmas songs are picked up from far too many supermarket checkout lines, let it not sour you on all covers completely. The ten artists listed herein are laudable exemplars of how to make the cover version an artform all its own.

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Laura Mvula: Sing to the Moon

A debut album that at once delivers on its promises whilst hinting at future greatness.

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N'Dambi: Pink Elephant

Pink Elephant is at once lush, vibrant, and deeply moving as it sprawls across soundscapes that range from beat to bounce to ballad.

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Nina Simone: To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story

Maybe one day Nina Simone's searing messages and righteous indignation will be completely irrelevant to the here and now, but in these trying times, this fearless leader's music and spirit remains as relevant now as four decades ago.

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The Beau Brummels: Beau Brummels 66

Two new releases -- a reissue of the Beau Brummels' third LP and a compilation of Nina Simone's pop flirtations -- spotlight great performers turning in sub-par covers of '60s pop.

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Nina Simone: Remixed and Reimagined

A whole album of remixes is an unwieldy proposition, but Remixed and Reimagined is an effective exercise in establishing a new context for the work of Nina Simone.

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Nina Simone: Sings the Blues and others

With two brand new reissues and one new compilation, Nina Simone is presented as both pop star and preacher.

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Nina Simone: The Soul of Nina Simone

An excellent DualDisc compilation that shows us Nina Simone the activist, songwriter and performer.

Kevin Jagernauth

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