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<em>The Pinkprint</em>
Nicki Minaj
The Pinkprint

Words by Claire Lobenfeld •  19th December 2014 • 
Available on: Young Money Entertainment/Cash Money/Republic Nicki Minaj’s third studio album The Pinkprint is a break-up record for people who are ready to fuck again. 'Pills N Potions' foret [...]
<em>Black Messiah</em>
D'Angelo and the Vanguard
Black Messiah

Words by Mikey IQ Jones •  18th December 2014 • 
Available on: RCA Few of us saw this coming. After over a decade of false starts, unsubstantiated promises, and seemingly endless teasing and taunting by colleague Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson, M [...]
<em>Unknown Memory</em>
Yung Lean
Unknown Memory

Words by Louis Pattison •  5th December 2014 • 
Available on: Sky Team The debut album from Stockholm’s Jonatan Leandoer Håstad is, depending on where you stand, a glimpse of the future of hip-hop, or an artform debased. Unknown Memory wa [...]
<i>Parallel Memories / Pixel Wave Embrace</i>
Mr. Mitch / Yamaneko
Parallel Memories / Pixel Wave Embrace

Words by Angus Finlayson •  1st December 2014 • 
Available on: Planet Mu; Local Action It’s been a little over a year now since grime went to war. Uniting veterans and emerging talent in a hectic few weeks of playful oneupmanship, “war d [...]
<i>Privacy</i>
Raspberry Bulbs
Privacy

Words by Louis Pattison •  1st December 2014 • 
Available on: Blackest Ever Black LP Back in the day, one of the common aims stated by practitioners of extreme or transgressive art was to dredge up all the dark matter of the human experienc [...]
<em>DK3</em>
Danity Kane
DK3

Words by Alex Macpherson •  21st November 2014 • 
Available on: Stereotypes Music / Mass Appeal DK3 is an oddity of a record: a comeback album by a non-existent group. Messy drama seems to be an immutable law of every girl group journey, but D [...]
<em>Quixotism</em>
Oren Ambarchi
Quixotism

Words by Maya Kalev •  20th November 2014 • 
Available on: Editions Mego Does Oren Ambarchi ever sleep? Looking at his output over the last few years, it’s hard to imagine that he manages more than a few minutes of shut-eye each night.  [...]
<em>Bestial Burden</em>
Pharmakon
Bestial Burden

Words by Maya Kalev •  19th November 2014 • 
Available on: Sacred Bones It’s easy to imagine a Pharmakon record not living up to the raw, deeply physical experience of her live performances. When I saw her last month at Unsound Festival [...]
<em>VISA</em>
Vladislav Delay
VISA

Words by Angus Finlayson •  17th November 2014 • 
  Available on: Ripatti LP There is a kind of irony to the circumstances surrounding Sasu Ripatti’s latest LP. The story goes that, on the eve of a US tour in late 2013, Ripatti had his visa [...]
<em>Ruins</em>
Grouper
Ruins

Words by Maya Kalev •  10th November 2014 • 
Available on: Kranky When I recently interviewed Liz Harris about her new album, she said something that stuck with me: “I was living by a popular myth, that if I didn't talk about something, [...]
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