June 26, 2013 The musician born Marcos Garcia was known for years as a member of the Afrobeat ensemble Antibalas — but one day, he began tinkering with his daughter's Casio keyboard. On the new Magical Thinking, he uses a host of electronic playthings to craft West African, Latin and 1980s "boogie" rhythms.
June 18, 2013 After months of speculation, West's latest album reveals itself as a trim, 10-song, 40-minute effort that's heavy on electronic and industrial influences. It's also another piece of the puzzle to one of pop music's most compelling — and frustrating — figures.
May 6, 2013 After the rapper lost a legal battle with far-reaching consequences over sampling, the mere existence of All Samples Cleared! was a triumph.
March 14, 2013 R&B singers Nicole Wray and Terri Walker both had promising starts to their careers more than a decade ago, but neither became a household name. Now they've teamed up and traded in slick, hip-hop influenced styles for a decidedly throwback feel.
January 8, 2013 The children's choir takes "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" and brings out its fragility and power.
December 4, 2012 Reissue labels generally fly below the radar, but the Numero Group has made a name for itself by releasing thorough archival investigations of local labels and scenes in distinctive packaging. Now the label is celebrating its 45th release with a set of 45 seven-inch singles.
November 19, 2012 The singer-songwriter's ability to be direct and earnest, to find 100 ways to say "I love you," has drawn many artists after him to adapt his songs into their own.
September 20, 2012 How the purple-tinted cassette version of Raekwon's classic 1995 album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... became a classic hip-hop artifact, and why its deluxe reissue actually makes sense.