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Video: Ka – Off the Record

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I’m sure this video resonates with those that received their introduction to quintessential nineties rap through vinyl records and tape decks. My first rap album was Puff Daddy’s No Way Out, on CD (fml), and it’s a shame to know that if I was just a few years older I would’ve had that rock hard rap gambit pumping out a Clairtone stereo next to the Michael Jordan poster in my bedroom. I didn’t have that, but it’s okay. Ka is …

Marmalakes – Dolores

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I was in bed reading the The Movie Goer by Walker Percy the other night when “Dolores” came up on a recent playlist I made. I had to put down the American classic and listen a little closer to Chase Weinacht’s delicate melody. I let it melt me into the fluffy comforter as I envisioned Queen Dolores sinking into her own spell of defeat among knights in armor and vast arnica gardens, watching our pearly faced narrator as he leaves his one …

Toony TuneS & Captn Dan – Popadock

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Wordplay Saturday. You might be out in the sun, swimming or riding your bicycle, but I’m the house listening to rappers Toony Tunes and Captn Dan. I don’t know where they came from, Earmilk.com put them in my ears, though I’m assuming intergalactic space. A space somewhere in the middle of the Doom, Das Racist, and OFWGKTA quasars. “Popadock” (or Anthony Mackie as some might remember) is full of lucid yet disconnected sentences. Like so much of wordplay rap it …

Charles Black – “Got Love?”

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  This is why you never cheat on crazy people. For real though, Charles Black produces, sings, raps – he is the auteur and curator of this dynamic sound, and really kills this cutter on all levels. I love a good storyteller, especially one with a unique perspective (at least in the rap world) when it comes to women and relationships. Check out LA based rapper Charles Black’s full album REM @ http://charlesblk.com/

Redder – Faster

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Doomy gloomy slow jams this Sunday morning with the Helsinki homies Frans Saraste and Vesa Hoikka, also known as Redder. Audio noir is what I’d call “Faster”, the type of track that belongs on romantic, edgy, slow motion montages that slice between foggy oceanside drives and a hazy, low lit, drug heavy sex scenes. Put this on a love mix and thank the Redder Finns for getting you laid.

Bridie Jackson & The Arbour- Prolong

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Following their success at the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition (where they placed 1st out of 8,000), Newcastle based Bridie Jackson & the Arbour have their soft, gentle feet floating just above the ground again. The four-piece recently signed with Debt Records and have been putting out chilling folk ballads for the first half of 2013. Notice how their harmonizations sweep through like sudden gusts of perfume, immediately opening your senses to this unexpected pleasure. You turn around, wondering who that was. Or in …

Archie Bang – Blasphemy (Prod. By 12 Keyz)

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Rapper Archie Bang voices some serious concerns on his track, “Blasphemy” - why did God give humans sexual organs and biological instincts to freak each other, then turn around and be like naw, you know what, that shit is sinful!? Seems real rude to me. Naturally, I think it’s backwards, and Bang thinks so too, but the great thing is, now that Kanye is God, I think he’s really going to loosen the restrictions on premarital sex. Probably on threesomes in Maybachs as …

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