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Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
Panda Bear
Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper

Words by Louis Pattison •  29th January 2015 • 
Available on: Domino As the title implies, it’s about death. So why does Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper frequently sound so serene? Noah Lennox, Animal Collective founder and prolific solo  [...]
<em>Beast Mode</em>
Future & Zaytoven
Beast Mode

Words by Claire Lobenfeld •  23rd January 2015 • 
Before even getting into the contents of Future’s Beast Mode, his first release of 2015, it’s important to note that he’s setting a trend for the year that other rappers should deign to foll [...]
<i>Blackheart</I>
Dawn Richard
Blackheart

Words by Alex Macpherson •  19th January 2015 • 
Available on: Our Dawn Entertainment There's a danger for cult artists in any field to be trapped in their own self-created mythologies; the line between boldly carving your own path only to f [...]
<I>Feeling Romantic Feeling Tropical Feeling Ill</i>
Micachu
Feeling Romantic Feeling Tropical Feeling Ill

Words by Maya Kalev •  5th January 2015 • 
Available on: DDS It’s safe to say that most indie band singers don’t go on to carve out a singular space in avant-garde composition, yet Mica Levi has done just that. Until recently, Levi  [...]
<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 [...]
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