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Solange – A Seat at the Table

“I’m weary of the ways of the world”, Solange declares early on in her third album, and she has good reason to be. Across A Seat at the Table’s 52 minutes, she confronts prejudice and violence, death and grief, anxiety and doubt. Her first project since 2012’s new wave-inspired EP True – lush but narratively […]

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Anderson .Paak – Malibu

Though already four albums deep into his career, with Malibu, Brandon Paak Anderson has finally crafted his breakout record. Clearly that was the intention, given so much of its runtime is devoted to proving himself as an adaptable performer. Traces of so many of his contemporaries are buried throughout that it can be hard to separate Anderson’s own voice […]

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Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly

A fabricated conversation between Kendrick Lamar and the late Tupac Shakur takes place during “Mortal Man”, the final track on To Pimp a Butterfly. Less a song than philosophical reflection, they ‘discuss’ topics such as success and inequality. The back-and-forth, created using quotes from a little-known Tupac interview, can be seen as a microcosm of […]

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TV On The Radio – Seeds

Just as there are many ways to cope with loss, there are various directions TV On The Radio could have taken their fifth studio album, following the tragic death of bassist Gerard Smith. With its numerous hooks and clean production, Seeds subverts expectations by being a celebration album, one that honours Smith while still looking […]