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Grand National Dreams

Jalin Roze
SELF-RELEASED
The return of Jalin Roze, 18 months after The Brilliance (an eternity in rap years), couldn’t come at a better time.
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Gold

Anwar Sadat
SOPHOMORE LOUNGE
Exhibiting an onslaught of displeasure, Gold is as complete as a post-punk record gets while working with such firm intensity and soft, yet duly discordant, melodies.
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Fear and Loathing in Clarksvegas

Dr. Gonzo
GRIMEY RHYME REGIME)
The producer of Scanners has put in his bid for the “Producer Album” and succeeds in achieving something more The Chronic than Aftermath Presents. Dr.
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The Steven Johnson Syndrome

Polio vs. Filthy Rich
GRR/Kill Noise Collective
Polio has stepped up a lot in the couple years he’s been on the radar.
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Meets the Morning

Ben Purdom
(SELF-RELEASED)

With his plaintive vocals and coffeehouse-friendly acoustic backdrops, it’d be tempting to think of Ben Purdom as just another earnest Louisville singer-songwriter.

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Me and Armini

Emiliana Torrini
(ROUGH TRADE)

Nobody knows it but everybody’s already heard Emiliana Torini.

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t.r.u.t.h.

Common Collective
SELF-RELEASED
Not everyone is a singer — no matter how driven they are, how much confidence they have, or how many press photos they can take with vintage microphones.
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Dude Incredible

Shellac
(Touch and Go/Quarterstick Records)

 I’ve had to retype my opener here a few times over in my excitement to explain just how hyped I am to have a new Shellac album in my hands, and a great one at that.

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Brohemian Rap City

Rabbit on Acid
(SELF-RELEASED)

It’s hard to get a good handle on what Rabbit On Acid is all about.

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NehruvianDoom

NehruvianDoom
(Lex)
MF Doom has an impressive resume that includes some of the most incredible collaborations in hip-hop, continued here with newcomer Bishop Nehru.