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Baltimore Album

Waxeater
LATEST FLAME

It says something that the first track starts with Omar’s signature whistle.

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Guilt Trips

Ryan Hemsworth
LAST GANG

Cloud-rap? Post-R&B? We still don’t have much of a lexicon to describe the latest wave of bedroom producers who push well-worn hip-hop tropes into more experimental, freeform territory.

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Nature Noir

Crystal Stilts
SACRED BONES

I had avoided Crystal Stilts for purely shallow reasons. Like “wolf” names 10 years ago, the sheer number of “crystal” bands seemed suspicious.

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I Am a Brass-a-Holic

Brass-a-Holics
MEGAFORCE

An eight-piece New Orleans band coming by their name honestly, I Am debuts with a lot of fun, bordering on happy-go-lucky, which only serves to better le bon temps.

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Body Music

AlunaGeorge
VAGRANT
Pop music doesn’t get much more pleasurable. Producer George Reid skillfully draws from many of dance music’s hottest trends, from deep house to trap to U.K.
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Shim’s adorkable She, Zooey Deschanel, has had quite a fall season.

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More Is Than Isn’t

RJD2
RJ’S ELECTRICAL CONNECTIONS

There’s a reason this critic listens to albums in as many different locations on as many different machines as possible before processing those sounds into words: What works in one situation

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On Oni Pond

Man Man
ANTI-

Man Man shouldn’t still be alive. This batshit crazy circus began making Swordfishtrombones for Generation Y almost a decade ago.

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Liquid Spirit

Gregory Porter
BLUE NOTE

If you’re a jazz fan and haven’t heard of Gregory Porter, then do yourself a favor and check him out.

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Beautiful Rewind

Four Tet
TEXT

Beautiful Rewind sees Keiran Hebden’s Four Tet branch out from the fractured pop of his previous efforts.