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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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White Reaper

White Reaper
(Polyvinyl)

With hook-conscious energy, plenty of fuzzy guitar work and a straightforwardness that gets right to the point, White Reaper have this way of feeling both familiar and refreshing.

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The Narrative

Shadowpact
(Self Released)

There is a certain early-’90s quality to the production and raps on “The Narrative,” the debut album by Louisville hip-hop duo Shadowpact, and this is a good thing.

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A Tower in the Right Flood

Satellite Twin
(Self Released)

Perhaps Satellite Twin’s greatest achievement is in illustrating just how durable mid-’90s indie can be, which by my estimation remains remarkably listenable.

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Describing Sapat at any given time is like describing water.

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Honeymoon Babies

Honeymoon Babies
SELF-RELEASED

Louisville needs a yacht rock band.

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Red Parole

Seluah
KARATE BODY
A Spiderland for a new generation, Seluah’s long-gestating first full-length album is nothing short of a masterpiece.
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Shark Week

VOLP
MIXED NATION
Why is his album called Shark Week, you ask? Because he’s the “Great White Hope.” Oy. Excuse me while I shake my head on the branding alone.
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Creatio Ex Nihil

Stonecutters
SELF-RELEASED
Good news, guys, we found Riki Rachtman!
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RTJ2

Run the Jewels
(Mass Apeal)

If there is anything that Run The Jewels seems to specifically stand by, it’s a dedication to making unapologetically hard-as-fuck rap music.