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By Samantha Blackwood On Thursday, June 8th, 2017
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Mac DeMarco: This Old Dog

Mac DeMarco This Old Dog (Captured Tracks) Mac DeMarco’s This Old Dog is off to a chill start. The introductory track, “My Old Man” is a gentle ditty about romance and getting older. The chorus goes, “uh More...

By Samantha Blackwood On Tuesday, April 25th, 2017
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Timber Timbre: Sincerely, Future Pollution

Timber Timbre Sincerely, Future Pollution (City Slang) As Sincerely, Future Pollution opens, Taylor Kirk’s distinct voice is deep, ominous, and crisp as always, but there’s something lighter than the erotic More...

By Samantha Blackwood On Tuesday, April 4th, 2017
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Thundercat: Drunk

Thundercat Drunk Brainfeeder Bizarre album art featuring Thundercat’s (aka Stephen Bruner) half-submerged face gives you a good idea of what’s in store. At 23 tracks in length, Thundercat’s Drunk is odd, More...

By Samantha Blackwood On Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
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Khalid: American Teen

Khalid American Teen RCA Records American Teen is 15 tracks  of confessional, resonant, and relatable lyrics. Musically, it’s soulful, open, and honest, ranging from light pop to heavy-hearted R&B, and funky More...

By Samantha Blackwood On Friday, March 3rd, 2017
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Roy Woods: Nocturnal

Roy Woods Nocturnal (OVO Sound) Roy Woods’ Nocturnal is atmospheric yet concise with chilled-out trap style beats and soft electronic melodies. Lyrically, it ranges from confessional verses about making it big, More...

By Samantha Blackwood On Thursday, March 2nd, 2017
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The xx: I See You

The xx I See You (Young Turks) The xx blossom on their beautiful and sonically intriguing third album I See You. “Dangerous” is the perfect intro and their liveliest sounding track to date. Jamie xx weaves More...

By Samantha Blackwood On Thursday, June 12th, 2014
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Brody Dalle: Diploid Love

Brody Dalle Diploid Love (Caroline International) Brody Dalle’s Diploid Love is confident and uplifting, musically characterized by simple driving beats and distorted guitars. “Rat Race” and “Underworld” More...

By Samantha Blackwood On Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
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Timber Timbre: Hot Dreams

Timber Timbre Hot Dreams (Arts & Crafts) For those tired of typical summer jams and outright upbeat summer albums, there’s hope. Timber Timbre’s Hot Dreams waits for you in the shadows. Deep rhythms More...

By Samantha Blackwood On Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
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William Control: The Neuromancer

William Control The Neuromancer (Control Records) The Neuromancer, the latest album from William Control (aka Wil Francis), is surprisingly catchy with infectious rhythms and ’80s-inspired synths, all while More...

By Samantha Blackwood On Friday, July 13th, 2012
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Metric: Synthetica

Metric Synthetica (Mom + Pop) Synthetica picks up where “Stadium Love” (the closing track on 2009’s Fantasies) left off. “Artificial Nocturne,” the first and longest song, serves as a dramatic and daring More...