v/a BEAT AT CINECITTA CD
*** "A sensual homage to the most raunchy, erotic filmmusic from the vaults of Italian 60s & 70s cinema. Featuring music by RIZ ORTOLANI, BRUNO NICOLAI, PIERO PICCIONI, FRANCESCO DE MASI, and more."
v/a REALISTIC PATTERNS: Orchestrated Psychedelia From The USA CD
*** "20 rare gems compiled by The Bevis Frond."
AKROBATIK Absolute Value LP / CD
*** "Akrobatik's first solo album in years does not disappoint. Ak sounds hungrier than ever over beats by J DILLA, 9th WONDER, ILLMIND, DA BEATMINERZ, J-ZONE, THERAPY & more. Guests include LITTLE BROTHER, MR. LIF, TALIB KWELI, CHUCK D & more."
AMERICAN MUSIC CLUB The Golden Age CD
*** The uni-brow is back!
BON IVER For Emma, Forever Ago CD
*** The exceptional debut full-length of a songwriter working, perhaps, in the vein of Grizzly Bear, Band Of Horses, and Iron & Wine. At times, the album is a bit more stripped down than those referenced above but For Emma, Forever Ago flows in such a way that there's a very distinct arc at work. Recommended.
RAY DAVIES Working Man's Cafe CD
*** "As good as anything Ray has written in decades." - Mojo. Featuring 3 bonus tracks.
DJ ECLIPSE Donut District: Tribute to J DILLA 2xCD
*** An insane two-disc mix of J DILLA productions and appearances. Totally insane.
MIKE DOUGHTY Golden Delicious CD
*** Soul Coughing frontman loves apples and has gotta' sing about it. "Effin' delicious!"
GROWING Lateral 12" / CD
*** RECOMMENDED! "Lateral finds the band reflecting on their past two (may we add highly underrated) albums while gazing to the future with newfound rhythmic motifs and otherworldly heights to their sound sculptures. The textures are warm and inviting, tempting the listener to focus on stunning minimalist changes within Growing's dense aural fog."
INSTRUMENTS OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY Music For The Films Of R/Swift CD
*** "For the critical listener, Instruments of Science & Technology sounds like Brian Eno and Wendy Carlos had a love child in the 70's and subsequently marooned him/her/it on an Oort Cloud. Swift has resurrected the earliest forms of electronic music, thrown in a few dashes of dub, hip-hop, kraut-rock, and Motown--and created a new hybrid dish."
THE IPANEMAS Samba Is Our Gift CD
*** "The nearest thing to a Brazilian equivalent of the Buena Vista Social Club."
J.ROCC Thank You Jay Dee CD
*** "There is probably not a DJ more capable of making a Dilla tribute than J.Rocc. Not only did he tour with Dilla through the last years of his life, but J.Rocc consistently makes the best DJ mixes. Not one to be missed."
J.ROCC Sex Machine Today CD
*** "Everyone agrees, J.Rocc is one of the smoothest mix DJ's ever to touch turntables. Here is with a live mix of some of the best songs ever recorded. Ever." Nice!
NICK LOWE Jesus Of Cool CD
*** "30th anniversary resurrection! The definitive version of this undisputed pop masterpiece." Featuring 7 bonus tracks.
MONADE Monstre Cosmic LP / CD
*** Ms. STEREOLAB herself steps out behind the Tim Gane-curtain for a jazzier and more french (!) take on that modern krautrock-inspired sound. Always great.
THE MOUNTAIN GOATS Heretic Pride LP / CD
*** "For his new album, Darnielle has once more retreated into his imagination to conjure a suite of songs about mythical creatures, imaginary cults, slasher films and pulp fiction novelists. He's also come up with some of the most anthemic, impassioned and downright catchy songs of his career."
NICOLAY & KAY Timeline LP / CD
*** Fantastic! Perfect production and great songs. Nicolay doesn't cease to amaze.
PEANUT BUTTER WOLF Ladies First CD
*** "Expertly crafted Female Only Rap CD by none other than Stones Throw CEO, Peanut Butter Wolf."
PERCEE P Perseverance: The Madlib Remixes CD
*** "Only Madlib would remix a four month old album that he entirely produced. Some heads are saying that it's better than the original."