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CUT CHEMIST: MADMAN EP

November 5th, 2017

Ahead of his slated 2018 full-length, famed producer and DJ Cut Chemist (Ozomatli, Jurassic 5) drops the needle on this short-but-brutal four-track Madman EP: 18 minutes of sample-based bangers, as feverish and brain-thumping as Kendrick Lamar's gritty turn on this year's DAMN.

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ALLAH LAS: COVERS #1 EP

November 3rd, 2017

The refrain in Harrison’s “Fish”— “I’m not so much of a man, I’m a fish on the sand”—is a fitting mantra for a guitar-based band playing rock ’n’ roll these days. But with this amuse-bouche of an album, Allah-Las remind us all that there’s magic in them hills, and that guitars carry through the canyons best when dusk is at its nearest.

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BOY DUDE: CASSETTE FOR YOU

November 2nd, 2017

As the title suggests, Cassette was recorded on a Tascam Portastudio, lending the recordings the lo-fi grit of a past era, but the production is clear enough that the songwriting shines through—which is what sets Boy Dude apart, with slick chords, detailed percussion and immediately catchy songs.

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MIYA FOLICK: GIVE IT TO ME EP

November 1st, 2017

Whether it’s the fragile vibrato in her upper-register, or the knock-down drag-out guttural strength she displays at the peaks of “Aging” and “Give It To Me,” Folick gives it everything she’s got—it’s the kind of conviction that forces you to feel what she wants you to feel. The result is an absolutely stunning five-song EP that delivers a heavy dose of the brilliance hinted at by last year’s stand-alone singles—“Pet Body” and “God Is A Woman”—and hits with the heft of a polished and powerful full-length-LP.

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GOON: HAPPY OMEN

October 30th, 2017

Released just before Halloween with an orange-hued cover, Happy Omen is, ironically, Goon’s softest and strangest work to date, like an earnestly carved pumpkin wilted after too long in the sun.

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BLACK MAMBAS: MODERATION

October 27th, 2017

While these savage young men may hail from Bell Gardens, their scope is absolutely international—you can hear the Kids from Belgium, the Saints from Australia, England’s Eddie and the Hot Rods and the Zero Boys from the USA as immediate touchstones, all on a high speed chase where any second wasted could mean crashing into a police roadblock.