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SOTBMusic: An Interview with BLACK AX

Maryland-born, VA-residing artist–and one of my DAR brothers–Jeff Axel, better known as BLACK AX, has been making music for over ten years. The twenty-six-year-old “energy gawd” has always been unique in his approach, mixing crunchy southern instrumentation, soulful vocalization, and enough sauce, percolation, and verbiage to make E-40 do a double take. Coolin in AXELWorld is […]

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New SOTBMusic: @Gorillaz – Humanz

It’s a Gorillaz album about the changing climate, politically and otherwise. Of course things are going to go to places unexpected. But, does that make it a classic in the making? I’ll be honest. Not exactly. The fact that it’s 26 tracks (even if some are breezy little interludes and others are short tracks) will […]

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New (To Me) Music: @SinitusTempo – Zone 89 [A/B]

In the spirit of projects like Childish Gambino’s Awaken, My Love, I present a four-track EP from DMV genre-b(l)ender, Sinitus Tempo.Zone 89 [A/B] by Sinitus Tempo Zone 89 [A/B] traverses a lot of territory, through jazzy licks, boombap-esque drum hits, and samples aplenty. It’s like the soundtracks of Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo finally decided to make that […]

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#300WordsorLess Review: @Raury – All We Need

Genre-blending isn’t a new concept. So, I’ll skip the “OMG, this is the greatest album ever, even though I didn’t listen to it because it’s different” comments. However, Raury’s full-length debut All We Need is a pretty interesting album. It takes tropes from folk, folk-rap, alternative rock, Curtis Mayfield-era soul, underground rap, and industrial music–just to […]

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