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Caserta’s “Ricky” Is Another Grand Shadeleaf Release

Shadeleaf has been somewhat over-represented in our review section over the last year. It's for good reason, and you should prepare for many more. thatmanmonkz continues to give a clinic in modern A&R with...
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It’s Robert Hood’s World and We’re Just Living In It

So this is how it went: Robert Hood returned to Movement in May, dropped the remixes of the best track on the debut Floorplan album, Paradise, the week of, and then backslapped the masses...
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Sleazy Bootleggers Cash In On Classy (Legit) Reissues of Italo Classics

Casco: Cybernetic Love BWH: Livin' Up/Stop Blackway With Helene (BWH): Music For Us Decadance: On And On 'Lectric Worker's "Robot Is Systematic"/"The Garden" Thirty two years too late (or too late to save anybody we lost and left...

Bai-ee and Johnny Fiasco: How Deep

How Deep is a tour de force from Chicago exile Bryan Bai-ee, taking you from the floor and secret cubbyholes of the Red Dog to the rooftop afterhours where the night lingers and is...

Listen to Miruga’s Marvelous “Be Free”

You can hear a certain song for 5 seconds and it feels like you've been listening to it your whole life. That's how I felt about "Be Free" from Miruga's EP of the same...
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Lee Mills – Hands Together (Fresh Meat Records)

I can mark time by Fresh Meat's records. I've written more about this label than any other, and the last five or six years has seen the beginning and end of relationships, friendships, personal...
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Specter: The Gooch (Sound Signature)

This is like reading the back of a pack of Chinese firecrackers: light quickly and run away. Drop the needle anywhere, at any point on any of the three tracks of Specter's new EP...
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Spirit of the Black 808: Invasion of the Black Bass

Sometime between Record Store Day and Summer, Spirit of the Black 808 will release at least an album's worth of material on two labels. Combined, the two EPs - Infroduction on Hizou and this...
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Zo! ft Erro and Phonte: We Are On The Move (Joey Negro Revival Mix)

I've long since abandoned any debates regarding the sync button vs. beatmatching because it's utterly pointless. However, if there's any point that can safely be hammered home and which everyone (except idiots) can agree...
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Pittsburgh, Again: Detour 001 Featuring Pittsburgh Track Authority, Mirko, Gusto, Naeem

As a Chicagoan, it's scandalous to see a Pittsburgh scene powered by such relatively few resources but grinding away such a feverish pace. With barely 10% of Chicago's population and nearly always in the...
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Jay Daniel: Scorpio Rising (Sound Signature)

Years ago, I knew this crazy Serbian poet/philosopher. With his flowing beard and hair and world-weary grimace, give him about ten years and a few more misfortunes and he'd look like Zeus. He showed...

Cosmic Kids and Fingerpaint: Reality on the Horizon

Hypocritical stars are calling out the EDM apocalypse and claiming all new dance music is a bummer. Is it true? Maybe if you live in a freakin' bubble. The underground is chugging along just...
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Franck Roger’s Home Invasion #4

It was just about a year ago that Franck Roger dismantled (or at least mothballed) his label Real Tone at its peak. Real Tone broke a number of artists internationally (Maya Jane Coles, whose...
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Various Dragons

Local Raider releases a vinyl 4 track various artists EP.
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Jules Etienne: Burning All The Bridges

Little Giant Records releases their sophomore EP from Parisian producer Jules Etienne.
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Ron Trent Returns as Romantic Flight with Together Forever

Another gorgeous Ron Trent jam in a string of 2017 bangers from Music & Power.
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Full Intention Remixes Andrea Marchesini’s The Joke

Doin' the damn work: legendary duo Full Intention remix Andrea Marchesini's The Joke on venerable Italian label Oceantrax.
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Alton Miller’s New Peace for Sky

Fascinating set of tracks from Alton Miller.
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G. Markus: Satin Sheets EP (Melodymathics)

G. Markus is a producer that clearly loves the sound of a synth and organ, and that comes across strong on his Satin Sheets EP from Melodymathics.
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Marquis Hawkes’ Basement Is Burning

Marquis Hawkes makes records that sound great and they'll keep sounding great tomorrow, next week and on through the years, over and over and over again.
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