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RJD2, ‘The Third Hand’ (XL)

Well, it’s 2007 — what self-respecting artist could spend his whole life as a trip-hop DJ? In 2004, the Philly transplant’s more song-oriented Since We Last Spoke disturbed the visions of DJ Shadow dancing in the heads of fans who gravitated to his debut tour de groove, Deadringer. Now he’s left his label Def Jux and definitively moved on from underground rap to one-man bedroom pop, longer on nuance than hook, as textured synths and harmonies shimmer with that “my roommate’s asleep” feel. Sharp beats, though — as an indie-pop musician, he’s one damn fine trip-hop DJ.

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