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Emil & Friends – Lo & Behold Album Review

On Lo & Behold, Emil & Friends have assembled a pop album the way a mash-up DJ might piece together a mix. By incorporating a wide-reaching mélange of elements, the band has created a playful universe of sound where just about anything they can dream up goes.   See all Emil & Friends-related posts From...Read...
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Ganglians – Still Living Album Review

Although, the sophomore album from Ganglians opens with the perplexing dedication, “This is a sad sad song for all you sad sad people,” it quickly becomes evident that the objective of the album is actually to brighten up lives with the right touch of reverb and sun-drenched melodies. As the voice of lead singer Ryan...Read...
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Gardens & Villa – “Spacetime” Music Video

Peer through crystal balls and tunnel through holes full of religious iconography, facepaint, starry lights, and animation. This video for “Spacetime” is reminiscent of some kind of cross between shamanistic rituals, voodoo magick, and goofball schtick, just like these metaphysical-minded chumbawumbas. Simultaneously playful and deep, Gardens & Villa are pretty much the best combination ever.
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Chico Mann – Analog Drift Album Review

Although it may be difficult to confine the music by multi-instrumentalist Chico Mann to just one genre, it is safe to say that his sophomore release, Analog Drift, is a quintessential New York album. With a heavy Afrobeat and Cuban influences, vocals in both Spanish and English, and a number of synthesizers in hand, Chico...Read...
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Emil & Friends – Downed Economy EP Album Review

Emil & Friends’ new EP, Downed Economy, is perhaps best exemplified by its opening track and title track. Although the most upbeat track on the EP, “Downed Economy” shares similarities with the other songs by featuring an abundance of electronic sound clips, trickling into the ear like watery drips. This is modern electronic funk, rolling...Read...
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The Budos Band – III Album Review

The Budos Band is one of the foremost U.S.-based Afrobeat groups performing today. It is no surprise that their third album, simply titled III, takes the listener on a funky journey that will please not only long-time listeners but also those new to the genre. The record’s initial Eyptian theme is deceiving; each of the...Read...
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Jamie Lidell – Compass Album Review

On a recent hour-long drive, I burned a CD of mp3s, and all that would fit on the disc was CocoRosie’s entire Grey Oceans album and nine tracks from Jamie Lidell’s latest effort, Compass. Five tracks from Compass were missing from the burn, starting with its title track. Usually, this would be an annoyance, but...Read...
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