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By Richard Moriarty On Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Jordan Rakei: Wallflower

Jordan Rakei Wallflower (Ninja Tune) With his second full-length release Australian R&B singer/multi-instrumentalist, Jordan Rakei, expands on the level of dexterity and depth of feeling he put on display on his More...

By Richard Moriarty On Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Wyclef Jean: J’ouvert

Wyclef Jean J’ouvert (Heads Music, LLC) In 1994, Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill, and Prakazrel Michel – the latter of whom went by Pras and eventually achieved his greatest success as a solo artist in ‘98 with More...

By Richard Moriarty On Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Gabriel Garzón-Montano: Jardín

Gabriel Garzón-Montano Jardin (Stones Throw Records) Drake enthusiasts will immediately recognize the voice of multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Garzón-Montano from the chorus of “Jungle,” the penultimate track More...

By Richard Moriarty On Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Sampha: Process

Sampha Process (Young Turks Recordings) British singer-songwriter-producer Sampha Sisay’s first full-length album feels as if it were delivered by a polished veteran, which might be expected from a musician More...

By Richard Moriarty On Friday, February 10th, 2017

Run the Jewels: Run the Jewels 3

Run the Jewels Run the Jewels 3 (Run the Jewels, Inc.) The current hip-hop chart-topping duo was inspired to name itself after a refrain in LL Cool J’s “Cheesy Rat Blues” (included on his double-platinum More...

By Richard Moriarty On Monday, January 9th, 2017

Childish Gambino: “Awaken, My Love!”

Childish Gambino “Awaken, My Love!” (Glassnote Entertainment Group) By putting hip-hop aside for the time being and concentrating his efforts on cultivating a deliciously funkified sound that has given form More...

By Richard Moriarty On Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Leonard Cohen: You Want It Darker

Leonard Cohen You Want It Darker (Sony Music Entertainment) A few weeks before his passing, Leonard Cohen offered us one final peek into his lyrical brilliance, a nine-track record inspired by his arrival at a More...

By Richard Moriarty On Monday, November 28th, 2016

Pink Martini: Je dis oui!

Pink Martini Je dis oui! (Heinz Records) In 1994, aspiring politician Thomas Lauderdale grew so sick of dull soundtracks at political fundraisers that he decided to form the band now known as Pink Martini as a More...

By Richard Moriarty On Thursday, October 27th, 2016

GRiZ: Good Will Prevail

GRiZ Good Will Prevail (All Good Records) The latest release from the Michigan-born electronic music producer and musician features his brand of future-funk at its best while branching out to include other unique More...

By Richard Moriarty On Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Bon Iver: 22, A Million

Bon Iver 22, A Million (Jagjaguwar) Five years after their last release, Bon Iver has delivered its third full-length album, a daring, experimental collection of songs full of messaging that drives toward the More...