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Federico Aubele: Panamericana

Named for the Pan American highway, a network of roads that stretches from Cape Horn, Argentina, to Fairbanks, Alaska, Federico Aubele’s second album synthesizes influences from all over the Americas.

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Various Artists: Ultra Lounge Presents Best of Christmas Cocktails

This compilation presents a nice sampling of Christmas music, both kitschy and classic. Forty minutes of Christmas coolness -- definitely worth picking up!

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Mike Farris: Salvation In Lights

As guitarist of Double Trouble, Stevie Ray Vaughn’s backing band, Mike Farris’ rock and roll credentials are fairly unimpeachable

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Various Artists: Defected in the House Eivissa 2007

Defected’s double disc Eivissa 2007 offers up more than two hours of blissed out house music suitable for dancing the night away with hundreds of other revelers.

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500 Miles to Memphis: Sunshine in a Shotglass

Ultimately a bit tough to categorize, the band sounds like nothing more than a country-western version of the Dropkick Murphys, and has produced a promising debut.

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DJ Diz: From Home With Love

A quality mix worth checking out if you like house music.

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Dimlite: This is Embracing

Dimlite hails from Switzerland, a country known for many things. Unfortunately, none of them are dope electronic beats.

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Various Artists: Homecooking - Soulfood Served by Jazzanova and Friends

Operating on the theory that jazz and cooking aren’t so different, Alex Barck, one sixth of German downbeat collective Jazzanova, conceived Home Cooking.

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The Pietasters: All day

Heavily influenced by soul-inflected early reggae and classic rocksteady, The Pietasters played it comparatively straight.

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Slope: Slope Is Dope

Over the last ten years Slope has been pioneering global electronica, fusing broken beat, hip hop, and house music with a little bit of soul. With Slope Is Dope, the band offers an odds’n’sods collection of remixes, exclusive tracks and collaborations not previously available in one place.

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The Cribs: Mens Needs, Womens Needs, Whatever

Major label debut from British indie trio sounds great but doesn’t break much new ground.

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Dephazz: Days of Twang

Days of Twang revisits familiar terrain with Pit Baumgartner’s trademark mix of laidback electronica, jazz, and soul.

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Various Artists: Ballads of the Book

Adventurous collaboration between Scottish writers and indie popsters yields interesting results.

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Various Artists: Furry Selection

Super Furry Animals bassist Guto Pryce takes a spin through the apparently bottomless Trojan back catalogue and produces a surprisingly cohesive mix of ‘70s rocksteady and dub reggae.

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Bad Brains: Build a Nation

Punk godfathers produce another slice of intense thrash mixed with reggae.

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The Nightingales: Whats Not To Love?

The Nightingales traffic in the sort of angular, discordant indie rock produced by The Fall, though without the intensity or anti-charisma of Mark E. Smith.

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Tayo: Fabriclive 32

Fabric's venerable DJ mix series continues with Tayo's contemporary mix of dubstep, baile funk, breakbeat, and electro.

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The Huxtables: A Touch Of Wonder

Sitcom-sampling quartet's album falls a bit flat.

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Klaxons: Myths of the Near Future

Energetic but uneven debut by London-based buzz band shows great promise.

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Voodoo Economics: Voodoo Economics

Promising debut from Philadelphia trio.

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The Gilligans: Snoring With An Accent

Indie power pop supergroup falls a bit flat.

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Spanking Charlene: Dismissed With A Kiss

Band combines attitude with ovaries to produce a completely ordinary debut album.


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