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Album Reviews

It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back - Deluxe Edition

Artist Public Enemy
Label Def Jam
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By Andrew Kay | 02 December 2014
Published in: Album Reviews
I remember buying ‘Nation of Millions’ in a mall in Florida in August 1988, a world away from the “Armageddon been in effect” that Professor Griff hollers at the opening of the album, a merging of live and recorded intro.  Even then, you were listening to something special, especially resonating… Continue>

Portia Monique

Artist PORTIA MONIQUE
Label Reel People
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By Charles Waring | 14 November 2014
Published in: Album Reviews
This honey-voiced chanteuse - who was born in Hawaii and lived in Houston, Texas, for several years before settling in Seattle - boasts a CV that includes sessions with R&B producers Rodney Jerkins, Midi Mafia and Kyle West. This, her digital-only debut album, finds her teaming up with Reel People's… Continue>

Scattered Thoughts Of A Poet

Artist Buggs Tha Rocker
Label Monopoli Management Group
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By Andrew Kay | 05 November 2014
Published in: Album Reviews
Buggs Tha Rocka has been quietly paying his rap dues, honing his craft and politicking with the likes of Talib Kweli, opening him, amongst others, on their sell-out tours across North America. Continue>

Rise Sleeping Beauty

Artist LENNY WILLIAMS
Label BBR
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By Charles Waring | 24 October 2014
Published in: Album Reviews
Sweet-voiced Lenny Williams was the best singer and front man that Tower Of Power ever had - he graced some of their biggest tunes, including 'What Is Hip' and 'So Very Hard To Go' - though his tenure with the horn-heavy Frisco aggregation was a short one. He joined them… Continue>

Comet, Come To Me

Artist MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO
Label Naïve
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By Charles Waring | 09 October 2014
Published in: Album Reviews
After a decade-long tenure with Madonna's Warner-owned Maverick imprint - where she endured a strained relationship with the company and once described herself as an 'indentured servant' - Ndegeocello had several short stints at small labels before landing at French indie, Naïve, in 2011. There, the bass-wielding singer-songwriter has really… Continue>

Tudo

Artist BEBEL GILBERTO
Label Portrait
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By Charles Waring | 09 October 2014
Published in: Album Reviews
It's hard to believe that fourteen years have elapsed since this New York-born chanteuse seduced listeners with 'Tanto Tempo,' her groundbreaking debut album for the Belgian Ziriguiboom label, which witnessed her pioneering electro bossa nova. The daughter of legendary Brazilian musician Joao Gilberto and singer Miucha, Bebel, now 48, releases… Continue>

Issues Of Life

Artist Gregory Porter
Label Membran
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By Charles Waring | 15 September 2014
Published in: Album Reviews
Subtitled 'Features And Remixes,' this 12-track retrospective collects together an assortment of odds and sods that the Grammy-winning US soul-jazz sensation recorded as a guest artist in the two or three years prior to his breakthrough album 'Liquid Spirit.' On one level, 'Issues of Life' could be perceived as a… Continue>

LP 1

Artist F.K.A. TWIGS
Label Young Turks
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By Charles Waring | 15 September 2014
Published in: Album Reviews
Not so long ago, Tahlia Barnett was working as a dancer and appeared in videos by Kylie Minogue, Ed Sheeran and Taio Cruz. Last year, however, she reinvented herself as a singer/songwriter going under the rather curious name of FKA Twigs and released a couple of EPs. Now, the 26-year-old… Continue>

Kanye West: Superstar (Book)

Artist Byron Crawford
Label Amazon/ iTunes
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By Andrew Kay | 20 August 2014
Published in: Album Reviews
Depending on whose orbit Byron Crawford finds himself in, he’s either the scourge or sage of the internet blogsphere where hip-hop is concerned. Setting his sights on a clown like Kanye might be too much of an easy target, but to Byron’s credit, he doesn’t take easy pot-shots; instead, he… Continue>

Nile Rodgers Presents Disco Inferno

Artist Various
Label Warner TV
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By Charles Waring | 18 July 2014
Published in: Album Reviews
Back in the limelight again following his stellar cameo alongside the hottest hat-sporting R&B man in town, Pharrell Williams - on Daft Punk’s massive selling ‘Random Access Memories’ album - Chic’s co-founder Nile Rodgers has put his name to this 3-CD collection of magical mirrorball moments. Continue>
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