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By Samantha Blackwood On Tuesday, January 9th, 2018
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Miguel: War & Leisure

Miguel War & Leisure (RCA Records) Miguel’s War & Leisure starts of with “Criminal,” a track that rocks. It’s simultaneously heavy and light, and an irreverent ode to a perfect romantic match. Rick Ross’ More...

By Samantha Blackwood On Friday, December 8th, 2017
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Fever Ray: Plunge

Fever Ray Plunge (MUTE) Fever Ray’s Plunge allows listeners to dive deep into Karin Dreijer’s sonic curiosities. The album starts of with “Wanna Sip.” Here Dreijer’s lyrics and struggle are loud and clear, More...

By Samantha Blackwood On Wednesday, November 29th, 2017
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Majid Jordan: The Space Between

Majid Jordan The Space Between (OVO Sound) A funky, slightly moody “Intro” sets the tone for Majid Jordan’s The Space Between, and promptly takes us into “Gave Your Love Away.” This track has some serious More...

By Samantha Blackwood On Monday, November 6th, 2017
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Sisters of Mercy – Some Girls Wander By Mistake

Sisters of Mercy Some Girls Wander By Mistake (Warner Music UK) The 4 LP re-issue of Sisters of Mercy’s Some Girls Wander By Mistake focuses on the early years of the band’s career. It includes an array More...

By Samantha Blackwood On Wednesday, October 25th, 2017
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METZ: Strange Peace

METZ Strange Peace (Sub Pop Records) Since their debut in 2012, METZ have shown no signs of slowing down. Strange Peace is no different. “Mess of Wires” gets right into the action with heavy, ceaseless drumming, More...

By Samantha Blackwood On Tuesday, October 10th, 2017
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Jhené Aiko: Trip

Jhené Aiko Trip (Def Jam Recordings) Jhené Aiko’s Trip opens with “LSD,” concisely setting the tone for this extremely personal R&B album tinged with psychedelia. The second track “Jukai,” delves deep More...

By Samantha Blackwood On Wednesday, October 4th, 2017
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The National: Sleep Well Beast

The National Sleep Well Beast (4AD) Their first album since 2013s masterful Trouble Will Find Me, The National’s Sleep Well Beast starts off strong and confident with “Nobody Else Will Be There.” This intro More...

By Samantha Blackwood On Wednesday, September 20th, 2017
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Daniel Caesar: Freudian

Daniel Caesar Freudian (Golden Child Recordings) Toronto singer/songwriter Daniel Caesar’s Fruedian starts off with the catchy, but soft single, “Get You” (featuring Kali Uchis). The subtle funk of the More...

By Samantha Blackwood On Thursday, September 14th, 2017
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Sizzla: I’m Yours

Sizzla I’m Yours (FX Music Group) Every reggae fan is familiar with the prolific Sizzla. I’m Yours is his third album this year alone (along with Fought for Dis and Welcome to Judgement Yard). Sizzla’s More...

By Samantha Blackwood On Wednesday, September 6th, 2017
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Aminé: Good for You

Aminé Good for You (Universal Records) “Veggies” is a strong, unexpected, and string heavy intro. The track features Ty Dolla $ign, and eventually moves into some typical trap lyrics mixed tinged with clever More...