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San Antonio, United StatesNatural Traits by Ernest Gonzales
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Natural Traits by Ernest Gonzales

Ernest Gonzales, known as the lucha libre mask-donning San Antonio producer Mexicans With Guns, shed the guise and the moniker once more for his latest LP Natural Traits. Seven months after the...
Oakland, United StatesLos Rakas — “Sueño Americano”
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Los Rakas -- "Sueño Americano"

Capping off what’s already been a ridiculously impressive and productive year, hip hop act Los Rakas bid farewell to 2011 with a sharp, socially-minded cut that might be their strongest statement yet....
San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican RepublicVakeró — “Tu Pai”
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Vakeró — “Tu Pai”

Dominican reggae-rap extraordinaire Manuel Baret Martes, better known as Vakeró, just debuted a poignant video for "Tu Pai" ("Your Dad"), the titular track from his latest EP, released last...
London, United KingdomTribes @ Mercury Lounge, NYC
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Tribes @ Mercury Lounge, NYC

"These guys are going to be huge, you can just feel it." Bristling with conviction, the forty-ish Londoner standing next to me at the Mercury Lounge seemed to embody the furor around UK rockers Tribes....
Santiago, ChileFakuta — “Aeropuerto”
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Fakuta — “Aeropuerto”

If anyone deserves to end 2011 at the peak of a summit, it’s Fakuta.  We’re reminded of this not only because the Chilean indie-pop upstart’s debut Al Vuelo (To Fly) was one of the most enjoyable and...
London, United KingdomWiley — “Cheer Up, It’s Christmas”
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Wiley — “Cheer Up, It’s Christmas”

Like many of us, the UK's Wiley dreads that dead zone of December. Nothing is going on except a million annoying blinky lights and zombie shoppers roaming the streets. Oh, and spending time with family....
L’Arc~en~Ciel 20th L’Anniversary Live
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L’Arc~en~Ciel 20th L’Anniversary Live

The movie theater at Union Square was a quarter full with a mix of Japanese young people and other New Yorkers.  What drew this group together -- one of many around the world who turned out for the...
Moscow, RussiaKeramika by Pixelord
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Keramika by Pixelord

Moscow beatmaker Pixelord channeled his inner child on Keramika ("ceramics"), his new chiptune-centric EP on Hit and Hope. Compared to his January EP Fish Touch, the new one is less dubby, more twisted...
Philadelphia, United StatesZakee — “Push The Power”
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Zakee — “Push The Power”

We've already mentioned that we'd like to step into the shoes of the world-traveling Zakee, who glides from Rio to Philly and back again like it's no thing at all. That's how his album Assimilations goes...