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I first heard this song while listening to oOoOO’s excellent and eclectic FACT mix, and I have to say it’s been stuck in my head (and on repeat) ever since. I especially love the rolling, fuzzy bass and the instrumental break that’s reminiscent of Middle Eastern music in the best possible way. In the words of no […]

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So it was really tough to pick ten albums from a year so full of fascinating new music–and even tougher to rank them in some kind of order. Some albums I listened to a lot ended up being left off the list (ceo, Kid Cudi, Coco Rosie, Arcade Fire), while other artists only released EPs […]

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Some of the most fascinating new music I’ve heard lately comes from Spoek Mathambo, a 24-year-old South African electronic musician/rapper/graphic designer whose debut album, Mshini Wam, comes out September 13 on BBE Records. Mshini Wam is all about unlikely combinations, odd juxtapositions that somehow work: pitch-shifted vocals atop tribal-sounding drums, soulful crooning layered over glitchy […]