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NME review
28.07.14

Palaceer Lazaro's second album of conscious hip-hop is weird, funky, spiritual and futuristic

Insound review
22.07.14

Freeman is Aaron Freeman's first album of original material since disbanding Ween and getting sober, but it's not a record mired in its maker's private struggles. It's a...

Insound review
22.07.14

Hip hop legend Cormega's back with his first new album since 2009's Born And Raised. Mega Philosophy is exactly what it says in the title?a summing up of 'Mega's point of view...

Insound review
22.07.14

Nobody's Smiling is Common's tenth studio album!

NME review
18.07.14

19-year-old Las Vegas resident excels on funky-house and ballad-strewn debut

NME review
07.07.14

Elliot Gleave forges into new areas but still overdoes the bland bangers

The Quietus review
30.06.14

It's been a long, strange and thoroughly entertaining journey to this moment, the release of thoroughly contemporary renaissance man and rap enigma RiFF RaFF's official debut long...

Insound review
17.06.14

Some of the best things in life come in pairs, peanut butter and jelly, fish n chips, cheese and wine, DJ Vadim and dancehall reggae! This may raise an eyebrow or two as Russian...

Clash review
13.06.14

A colourful collection, but it doesn't wholly inspire...

The Quietus review
26.06.14

We may be in the midst of a musical era allegedly afflicted with retromania, but there are still developments out there that somehow manage to feel fresh in this present day...

Spotinews recomendation
22.06.14

Evening. I will try to update the blog every other day or so while I’m away. Here is the latest album by Lone. Genre: electronic. Enjoy! Lone – Reality TestingFiled under: 2014...

NME review
16.06.14

Notts producer takes influence from J Dilla and Orbital on sixth album

Insound review
10.06.14

Things have changed for clipping. In the time since the above was written. The band found that listeners were more ready for them than they’d first imagined. Before 2013’s Midcity...

NME review
16.06.14

Experimental hip-hop courtesy of the LA trio

Punk News review
04.06.14

Sage Francis has returned with his first album since Li(f)e and it finds him stepping back into a more traditional hip-hop sound after spending his last album working with some of...

Insound review
03.06.14

Veteran Demigodz frontman and Army of the Pharaohs core member, Apathy, releases his 4th official full length solo effort. Connecticut Casual is an album that reveals a hidden...

Insound review
20.05.14

After scoring a Juno (Canadian Grammy) nomination for their acclaimed 2012 sophomore release and Prosthetic debut "Blacklands," San Francisco heavy metal cultists Castle are set...

Insound review
19.05.14

Los Angeles lyricist Blu returns with Good to Be Home, a brand new solo album. Unlike previous Blu releases that have leaked online and later been re-packaged in physical form...

Punk News review
14.05.14

Make your own label. Put out your own records. Look for bands and do the same. This is what Rebuilder does. Fearless? Brave? Well, guts aside, Rebuilder's self-titled effort has...

TapeFear recommendation
13.05.14

Tobacco's latest hazy electronic ride lies somewhere between Boards of Canada and playing your Daft Punk vinyl at the wrong speed.

NME review
04.06.14

Prolific psych solo star delivers on third album in four years

Spotinews recomendation
16.05.14

Hey. From earlier this week: the groovy new album by Tobacco. Genre: experimental/electronic. Enjoy! (US version here.) Tobacco – Ultima II MassageFiled under: 2014, Electronic

Under The Radar review
15.05.14

Black Moth Super Rainbow frontman Thomas Fec, or TOBACCO, releases his third solo album Ultima II Massage, named after a massage parlor in Fec's home state of Pennsylvania—though...

Insound review
13.05.14

L.A. spitkicker Blu and VA’s super-producer Nottz Raw are pleased to release their collaborative extended play release, Gods In The Spirit . Consisting of six tracks and featuring...

Insound review
13.05.14

Apollo Brown’s Thirty Eight is a contemporary throwback, inhabiting the realm of reverent reinvention and innovation. It deftly bridges the gap between ‘70s Blaxploitation...

Insound review
13.05.14

The improvisational trio 1982 consists of Nils Økland, Sigbjørn Apeland and Øyvind Skarbø. The trio has already released three critically-acclaimed albums. On their previous album...

Insound review
06.05.14

While Southsiders is a celebration of the group's fortitude, it is also a deeply introspective, and sometimes conflicted, work. "It's a natural progression from the last record...

NME review
05.05.14

Instrumental trio show off spectacular skills on inventive but occasionally conservative new album

Clash review
29.05.14

Kaleidoscopic lounge music for the Digital Age...

TapeFear recommendation
06.05.14

A pretty damn snazzy modern jazz album from Badbadnotgood.

Insound review
06.05.14

BadBadNotGood is a young talented trio of musicians made up of Matthew Tavares on keys, Chester Hansen on bass, and Alex Sowinski on drums. Since their inception at Humber College...

Insound review
29.04.14

Blueprint starts out 2014 with his brand new project Respect the Architect . It is produced entirely by Blueprint, with the exception being “Perspective,” which is produced by...

Insound review
29.04.14

Initiated in 1998 by Jedi Mind Tricks frontman Vinnie Paz as homage to the incredible rap crews of the 80s and early 90s, the Army of Pharaohs has, from its outset, been an ever...

NME review
28.04.14

The Aussie rapper's debut is about as convincing as her American accent

Clash review
16.05.14

Iggy’s the real deal. She always knew it; now you do too...

Under The Radar review
12.05.14

Iggy Azalea has been working on and touting her debut record for over two years. More

The Quietus review
29.04.14

"When the smoke clears I'm the last bandit," Iggy Azalea raps optimistically on 'Walk The Line', a stand-out track on her long-awaited debut album. Part of a scene jostling with...

The Line of Best Fit review
19.04.14

Kelis turns her back on big-beats for big-bowls of brass-flavoured soul and funk, with tasty results.

NME review
21.04.14

The R&B innovator's return is satisfying but occasionally a little bland

The Line of Best Fit review
18.04.14

A thick, rich record of stylistically diverse hip hop that stands to annoy as many as is delights.

The Line of Best Fit review
17.04.14

Nas' debut is reissued again as it turns twenty, and the source material remains the greatest record in hip hop history.

Insound review
15.04.14

House Shoes is proud to present the first-ever physical release of Danny Brown’s Hot Soup , his debut album released in 2009 prior to the release of The Hybrid . Featuring Rapper...

Insound review
08.04.14

In partnership with Dave Sitek's (TV ON THE RADIO) Federal Prism Records and his own Federal Prism imprint Sounds Like Fun, COOL KIDS co-founder and renowned hip-hop producer...

Clash review
23.04.14

A great feel-good record for the summer months...

Insound review
02.04.14

Caught A Ghost is a new project from LA Singer songwriter and producer Jesse Nolan, featuring additional vocals from Tessa Thompson and Stephen Edelstein on drums. A modern take...