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Kingston, JamaicaRomain Virgo — The System
review
Rating: 3

Romain Virgo -- The System

This is one of the most unconventional reggae albums I've heard in awhile, and whether or not you like Romain Virgo's sophomore LP The System largely depends on your level of purism, or your acceptance...
London, United KingdomSlugabed — Time Team
review
Rating: 5

Slugabed -- Time Team

Time Team, the rabidly awaited debut album from UK producer Slugabed may prove to be a landmark in electronic music. At the very least it suggests one way forward from this dubstep/post-dubstep...
Stockholm, SwedenAne Brun — It All Starts With One
review
Rating: 3.5

Ane Brun — It All Starts With One

Ane Brun is the closest thing the female gender and Scandinavia has to Antony and the Johnsons. Her compositions and virtuoso vocals are often used in the pursuit of extreme, exquisite beauty. Both...
London, United KingdomKwes — meantime
review
Rating: 4

Kwes — meantime

It took four years for British artist Kwes to put out his second EP, bashful., a consummate series of songs. He was probably being something of a perfectionist, but he was also working on other people's...
Stockholm, SwedenNiki & the Dove — Instinct
review
Rating: 5

Niki & the Dove — Instinct

"DJ, Ease My Mind." Ten! "Under the Bridges." Ten! "Mother Protect." Ten! Like an electropop Nadia Comaneci, Malia Dahlstromm and Gustav Karlof have been dominating the music blog game since releasing...
Paris, FranceVarious Artists — Kitsuné America
review
Rating: 3.5

Various Artists — Kitsuné America

Parisian enterprise Kitsuné has carved out a unique spot on the international music map. Both a fashion (check out these Keds) and record label, Kitsuné has become known primarily for its compilations,...
Alor Setar, MalaysiaYuna — S/T
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Rating: 3.5

Yuna — S/T

After achieving stardom in her native Malaysia with emotionally and lyrically intricate indie pop, Yuna has released a self-titled album aimed at a global audience. For the production of this debut she...
Tokyo, JapanMolice — Neugravity
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Rating: 3

Molice — Neugravity

Moddish Tokyo rockers Molice say they drew inspiration from the android-centric cult film Blade Runner for their third album Neugravity. Luckily, the music doesn't sound like it was made by robots....
London, United KingdomMaya Jane Coles DJ-Kicks Compilation
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Rating: 4

Maya Jane Coles DJ-Kicks Compilation

I probably shouldn't use words like "sophisticated" and "classy" in a review of house music, mainly cause it makes me sound like my high school art appreciation teacher. But I hope that by bringing...
Kingston, JamaicaReggae Music Again by Busy Signal
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Rating: 3.5

Reggae Music Again by Busy Signal

Dancehall artist Busy Signal took a surprising turn when he decided to release a pure Roots Reggae album. The Jamaican star earned his fame through hard-edged tracks and a clubland image. With his new...
London, United KingdomAllo Darlin’ — Europe
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Rating: 5

Allo Darlin’ — Europe

Forget the word twee. It has nothing to do with Allo Darlin's sophomore album Europe. Sure, the England-based band comes from the warped-but-sensitive indie pop school of Belle and Sebastian and The...
Santa Cruz, United StatesBassnectar — Vava Voom
review
Rating: 2

Bassnectar — Vava Voom

The first time I saw Bassnectar live was about six or seven years ago in Manhattan's Lower East Side, sharing a stage with Sub Swara. Between the seizure lights and gut-bending distortion that rev in my...