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Molly Drake: Molly Drake

“This is surely the most unexpected, strangely compelling release in years – a home recording of self-composed songs made in the 1950s and 60s by Molly Drake, the wife of a successful Warwickshire businessman and mother of Nick Drake, the struggling singer-songwriter who acquired legendary status after dying of an overdose of antidepressants in 1974, aged [...]

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“Crosby is a competent singer in French, though he certainly wouldn’t fool a native speaker. Just as in his long period of cutting singles for Decca Records, he is game to try his hand at nearly any style of pop music, and his name alone should be enough to sell this pleasant collection, particularly in [...]

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Moe Pope: Let The Right Ones In

“Moe Pope and Rain are a duo hailing from Boston, MA who dropped their latest album, ‘Let The Right Ones In’, back on January 22, 2013. The album is ‘an all original sample-free release combining hip-hop, indie-rock and electronic music.’ It features guest appearances from Reks, John Robinson, Blacastan, Julia Easterlin, and Dua Boakye (of [...]

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“The roots of soul and so much more are heard here, and with the way the set is assembled, one can hear the decades build forward through the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s into the full-band, funky and R&B-influenced tracks from the 1970s and 1980s.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Earl Sweatshirt: Doris

“With the 2010 drop of his debut mixtape, Earl, rapper Earl Sweatshirt became one of the main reasons the underground rap crew Odd Future went from obscurity to everywhere….[T]here are codes to crack and rich rewards to reap, so enter with an open mind and prepare to leave exhausted.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Quadron: Avalanche

“[T]he album has all of the charm, nuance, and lingering effect of the debut. Lush, cushiony grooves are supplied….Those who were attracted to the first album’s quiet, lithe moments get some of the same through ‘Befriend,’ ‘Sea Salt,’ and ‘Avalanche’ — airy romantic ballads with perfectly slight touches of woodwinds, strings, and even pedal steel [...]

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J. Cole: Born Sinner

“If his debut found J. Cole bringing the sound of Drake down to the streets, the Roc Nation rapper’s sophomore effort finds him going for the full Illuminati and attempting an ambitious, multi-faceted album in the style of his label boss, Jay-Z….Born Sinner [is] a daring step forward for Cole and an exciting attempt at [...]

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Marc Anthony: 3.0

“Until 3.0, Marc Anthony hadn’t recorded an original salsa album since 2004′s Valio la Pena….[A] solid, passionate — and long overdue — return by the great salsero to the roots music that established his career.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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LL Cool J: Authentic

“When LL Cool J dubs his 2013 effort Authentic, the veteran rapper is referring to an album that’s authentically LL Cool J circa 2013, and not one that’s authentically hip-hop. That’s important to remember as the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink effort overflows with guests from every genre, like Public Enemy’s Chuck D, blink-182′s Travis Barker, Rage Against the [...]

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Kanye West: Yeezus

“[T]his is the moment [West] becomes a swashbuckling Salvador Dali figure, chopping down all that’s conventional with highly imaginative work and crass, attention-grabbing attitude. Unlike Dali’s separate delivery of the two, Yeezus is an extravagant stunt with the high-art packed in, offering an eccentric, audacious, and gripping experience that’s vital and truly unlike anything else.” [...]

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Disclosure: Settle

“Cunning if not particularly novel synthesists…Guy and Howard Lawrence draw from several styles and sub-styles of dance music — house, garage, dubstep, bass — and add pop appeal on Settle, their first album…. Considering all the shrewd alliances and its polished attack, Settle seems like it was designed to be 2013′s acceptable dance album. That [...]

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Andy Stott: Luxury Problems

“Despite being significantly more ambient and less knotty than Andy Stott’s 2011 releases, which were combined and expanded that December for Passed Me By/We Stay Together, Luxury Problems is nearly as spine-chilling. Its rhythms are fluid more often than coagulated, and there’s an additional human element granted by the voice of opera-trained singer Alison Skidmore.” [...]

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Rhye: Woman

“In 2010, Mike Milosh flew to Denmark to work on a Quadron remix with that duo’s Robin Hannibal. The collaboration grew into another duo, named Rhye… [A]n ideal fusion of the two instrumentalists and producers, whose sound is enhanced — never overstuffed — with horns, woodwinds, and strings, including harp. Tempos rarely break a breezy [...]

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Lord Huron: Lonesome Dream

“Following two low-profile EPs, Lonesome Dreams is the debut from Michigan-born/Los Angeles-based sound sculptor Ben Schneider and his band Lord Huron… [I]t follows…closely the open-ended indie folk style of Fleet Foxes…” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Ellison’s trademarks — skittering and rustling percussion atop slightly irregular drums that knock and thud, for instance — factor almost as much as ever, but his slight adjustments and increased restraint make this his most accessible and creative release yet.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Daphni: Jialong

“Caribou’s Dan Snaith, is bold and direct where his main project is intricate and subtle…. At their best, Daphni and Jiaolong definitely have a vitality that some dance music — and even some of Snaith’s other work — lacks…” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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James Blake: James Blake

“Full of airy vocals and synths, the album sounds as if it could lift off at any moment if not for the drum thumps tethering it down.” –The Boston Phoenix Check Our Catalog

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Check Our Catalog “Country and jazz have rarely been congenial bedfellows…Bryan and the Haggards, a hardcore honky-tonk freebop collective, aims to mend any flattened fences while simultaneously removing any need for them in the first place.” –All About Jazz

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