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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: IV ROX: IMPERFECTIONS

IV Rox are an ultra-hot new British girl group consisting of four equally talented members: Raquel, Dolly, Natalie and Nadine. And I’m quite glad that they’ve finally released their absolutely fabulous debut EP, Imperfections. You see, the girls released their slick first single, the delightfully dark R&B “Case of the Ex,” way back...
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VIDEO: Alicia Keys: “We Gotta Pray”


Alicia Keys is one of the greatest songwriters of our time. I don't think there are many people who'd disagree with that. And if you do disagree, chances are you'll change your opinion after watching this emotive video and listening to her inspirational lyrics. You...
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REVIEW / VIDEO: LUKA ‡: LOSS (FEAT. BAD AMERICA)


To my ears, this song is pure witch house, which isn't surprising, since he uses the character ‡ in his name... Yes, there are R&B and industrial influences, but the end result strikes me as witch house... Not sure that's what he considers it though, as there's...
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#songoftheday / REVIEW: Mo Parker – “SHY”


Mo Parker is actually two people: Classically and jazz trained pianist and singer Mo and trippy R&B beat-maker Domzilla. Their union here couldn't possibly be more intriguing as Mo's piano and soulful vocals ride Domzilla's super deep, low end bass perfectly, resulting in something that sounds...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: DAWN GOLDEN: STILL LIFE

Houses’ vocalist and Diplo protege Dexter Tortoriello has released his debut solo album as Dawn Golden. It’s called Still Life and it comes courtesy of Downtown Records and Mad Decent. But you should forget that I’ve just written this because, really, the record is nothing like what you’d expect from anyone associated with...
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#songoftheday / REVIEW: MO PARKER: “FOLD”


We've had this intoxicating tune by Mo Parker on repeat for half an hour. It's a haunting mix of deep soul with dark R&B, but it's also very trippy -- you'd think Massive Attack produced it -- with lots of subtle electronic embellishments. If The Weeknd...
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