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The Mattson 2 :: Paradise

A set of guitar-centered mid-tempo numbers that live somewhere in the region staked out by jazz, funk, and soul.

Prince :: Originals

Songs that the Purple One wrote for others, as performed by the person who wrote them. A good set of well-produced demos, but nothing that should have been released a long time ago and mostly of historical interest.

French Vanilla :: How Am I Not Myself?

Hot-as-fire punk disco party with a raging saxophone and urgent female vocals.

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets :: And Now for the Watchamacallit

The name promises so much, and the band overdelivers. The continent of Australia is awash in lysergic excursions lately, and this is one of the finest.

Jr. Jr. :: Invocation / Conversations

Delicious pop conconctions, loaded with clever production flourishes and infectious melodies wrapped around a soulful core.

The Aggrolites :: Reggae Now!

It’s not ska, and it’s not rocksteady, but it’s definitely Jamaican and powerfully dancy — you can call it “69 Reggae” after the year of its initial popularity.

Cate Le Bon :: Reward

Supremely introspective and carefully arranged, this collection of songs that range from lushly orchestrated to uncomfortably angular makes for a great moody journey

Com Truise :: Persuasion System

One time, this robot arm at the plant started going haywire, flailing around, it was going to kill someone. We played it some Com Truise and it calmed right down.