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The Beautiful Game: Shabazz Palaces’ Enthralling, Convoluted ‘Lese Majesty’

9SPIN Rating: 9 of 10Release Date: July 29, 2014Label: Sub PopNavigating through Lese Majesty, the new record from Shabazz Palaces, is kind of like adventuring…
Anupa Mistry / July 30, 2014

Marsha Ambrosius Flaunts Her Rap&B Bona Fides on ‘Friends & Lovers’

7SPIN Rating: 7 of 10Release Date: July 15, 2014Label: RCAEver since her days adding soulful gravitas to poet Natalie Stewart's gravely raps as part of…
Anupa Mistry / July 17, 2014

Ark Analog Warp Bright Synths Into Trippy Video for ‘Was That It?’

Every musician has a secret (or not-so-secret, thanks to YouTube) past, when they were making mistakes, finessing a sound or playing guitars instead of synths.
Anupa Mistry / July 2, 2014

Trey Songz Is Superbly Seductive on ‘Trigga,’ Equates Cake With [Redacted]

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: July 01, 2014Label: CapitolWith his sixth album Trigga, Trey Songz returns, ribald and ready, to swat middling crooners out…
Anupa Mistry / June 30, 2014

J. Lo Teases With Fun Singles, but ‘AKA’ Is Mostly Mawkish Melodrama

5SPIN Rating: 5 of 10Release Date: June 17, 2014Label: CapitolFifteen years ago, having already earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress for her starring…
Anupa Mistry / June 17, 2014

Kaytranada Channels Dilla, Embraces Up-Tempo Neo-Soul

Don't ask Kaytranada to make another remix. The young Haitian-born, Montreal-based producer (real name Kevin Celestin) did indeed rise to international recognition by way of…
Anupa Mistry / June 3, 2014

Fatima Al Qadiri Conjures a Cinematic Din on Exceptional Debut, ‘Asiatisch’

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: May 06, 2014Label: HyperdubSomeone needs to hire Fatima Al Qadiri to score a film. If all of the experimental…
Anupa Mistry / May 8, 2014

Stream Motions’ Atmospheric Club EP ‘All Gone’

It's a common gripe among Canadian dance music producers: you've got to leave the country to really make it. Motions is Brendan Neal, a former…
Anupa Mistry / April 28, 2014

Watch A Tribe Called Red’s ‘Sisters’ Turn Their Day Into a Dance Party

Back home in Canada, A Tribe Called Red just took home a Juno Award for Best Breakthrough Group. It's the first time an indigenous act…
Anupa Mistry / April 9, 2014

Ratking Resurrect Backpack Rap on ‘So It Goes,’ and It Doesn’t Suck

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: April 08, 2014Label: XLNostalgia is so irritatingly inexorable it can resurrect even the nerdiest of musical subgenres: backpack rap.
Anupa Mistry / April 4, 2014

Brooklyn’s Brenmar Sidesteps Trends To Build Bass-Driven Pop

It's almost as if Bill Salas thrives on the grind itself. Chicago-raised and Brooklyn-based, Salas — who has been producing and DJing as Brenmar since…
Anupa Mistry / March 19, 2014

Fucked Up Premiere New Album at Toronto’s Long Winter Festival

It wasn’t exactly the surprise it could have been. Two days after announcing their new album Glass Boys via a video trailer, Toronto’s hardcore heroes…
Anupa Mistry / March 8, 2014

Katy B Finds a Sophisticated, Spellbinding Dance-Floor Sweet Spot on ‘Little Red’

7SPIN Rating: 7 of 10Release Date: February 11, 2014Label: RinseKaty B had very little chance of breaking big in America with her first album, 2011’s…
Anupa Mistry / February 11, 2014

Hear Kenzie May’s Blue-Hued R&B on ‘Skeleton Key’

"Skeleton Key," by Boston-born, London-bred singer Kenzie May, opens with laughing voices raucously debating the difference between love and sex. It's a timeless back-and-forth that…
Anupa Mistry / February 6, 2014

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings Mine Cathartic Joy on ‘Give the People What They Want’

7SPIN Rating: 7 of 10Release Date: January 14, 2014Label: DaptoneEuphoria is central to survival. What better way to keep on keepin' on than by experiencing…
Anupa Mistry / January 14, 2014

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