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Empire of the Sun: Walking on a Dream

Welcome to the 1980s. Did you really want to come back?

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Buraka Som Sistema: Black Diamond

This is everything that a good dance album should be: energetic, powerful, and slightly experimental.

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Fareed Haque + The Flat Earth Ensemble: Flat Planet

Haque's heritage and education certainly help him in creating a signature blend, but the album is simply too long for its own good.

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Grandmaster Flash: The Bridge: The Concept of a Culture

This is not a comeback album that will reinvigorate Flash to enter a brilliant second stage of his career. But appreciate it for the statement it makes.

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Balmorhea: All Is Wild, All Is Silent

All Is Wild, All Is Silent finally brings a Balmorhea album with enough variety to sustain its length, and all of their changes still fit within their natural organic sound.

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The-Dream: Love vs. Money

Although perhaps the most album-like R&B album in recent memory, typical R&B pitfalls bring Love vs. Money down from the excellence The-Dream has proven capable of producing.

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From Monument to Masses: On Little Known Frequencies

Post-rock fans will enjoy the smooth blend of uptempo groove and slow-burning crescendo, but question what those spoken-word samples are actually saying.

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Wale feat. Tre and Young Chris - "Nightlife"

Wale's new mixtape looks to up the level of production with 9th Wonder behind the boards. "Nightlife" gives a preview of what might be possible.

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Streetlight Manifesto + A Wilhelm Scream

The venue, the Launchpad, is tight to say the least, so much that the bouncers would not allow any photography in fear of destroyed cameras.

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Bell X1: Blue Lights on the Runway

More varied than Flock, Blue Lights on the Runway is the band's latest opus, accomplishing everything their contemporaries have attempted in the last few years in one fell swoop.

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The Qemists: Join the Q

Finally, a dance-rock hybrid that is both danceable and musical. Ninja Tune's latest signing reminds us that they are one of the most consistently excellent labels in the game.

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Madlib: The Beat Konducta: Vol. 5-6: A Tribute To...

Madlib composes his tribute to J Dilla in a way so similar to Dilla's style and album structure that it feels like he never left.

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