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Rio2016 May Have its Controversies, but Brazil will Always Have These Songs

Rio 2016 has been mired in controversy; unsanitary living conditions, corruption and a blatant disregard for human rights have all overshadowed the olympic event. The negative headlines are overwhelming, but it shouldn’t take away from Brazil’s […]

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Listing: 5 Celebratory Lyrics from The Avalanches ‘Wildflower’

The Avalanches‘ sophomore album Wildflower is a musical carnival ride, a producers paradise that is obsessed with the groove. To say it’s a long awaited project is an understatement, and they don’t disappoint with a […]

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Listing: 5 Love-laden Lyrics from Bat for Lashes’ ‘The Bride’

Despite the title, Natasha Khan’s, a.k.a Bat for Lashes, fourth studio album The Bride is not a traditional love story. The album begins with a cryptic tragedy and the crux of the narrative, a soundtrack for a yet-to-be […]

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Listing: 5 Paper Thin Lyrics from Peter, Bjorn and John’s ‘Breakin’ Point’

Peter, Bjorn and John‘s seventh studio album Breakin’ Point is the band’s attempt at breaking free of musical redundancies still left over from the whistle era. It’s their first project in five years and the prevailing thought […]

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Listing: 5 Addictive Lyrics from The Kills’ ‘Ash & Ice’

The Kills’ latest record Ash & Ice is a somewhat hit-or-miss affair of stripped down, electro-blues post-punk. That said, the lyrical approach is consistent: love, lust, and all other interpersonal compulsions are told through addiction […]

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Listing: 5 Memorable Lyrics from Beth Orton’s ‘Kidsticks’

Beth Orton‘s seventh studio album Kidsticks is a humbling trip down memory lane, a journey paved with abstract emotions. She’s using present eyes to look upon the past, which helps her set a barometer for […]

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Listing: 5 Lyrical Breakthroughs from James Blake’s ‘The Colour in Anything’

It’s always raining in James Blake‘s world, grey and cold. It projects anxiety, loneliness, longing and nostalgia, both cinematic and solemn. At times a bit much, so much so that for the past two albums his themes have […]

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Listing: 5 Lyrical Dimes from Phife Dawg’s Legendary Career

When Malik Izaak Taylor (bka Phife Dawg) passed away last Tuesday he left behind a legacy that was nothing short of legendary. The outpouring from fans and friends came in from every corner of the […]

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Listing: 5 Lyrical Leaps from Adrian Younge’s ‘Something About April II’

Adrian Younge is one of the most well respected producers in the underground soul scene; he’s worked with marquee names like Ghostface Killah, Souls of Mischief and the Delfonics. His biggest challenge, however, has not been popularity. […]

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Listing: Adele’s Gonna Adele on ’25’

Pop audiences’ feverish anticipation has come to a frothing point: Adele has not only released perhaps the most covered and remixed single of the year, but 25 has now leaked. It’s, exactly, what you’d expect, really […]

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