MC Novelist paves way for political grime at Born & Bred

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Amid wailing sirens, gunshots and a tongue-in-cheek sample of David Cameron’s Eton-educated voice proclaiming “Keeping people safe is the first duty of government,” grime MC Novelist burst unequivocally onto the scene in 2015, lyrical guns blazing and rhythmic cannons firing in “Street Politician.” Novelist, a 19-year-old black Englishman from Lewisham,
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Mitski leaves her mark on indie rock with ‘Puberty 2’

Mitski lays out the premise of her new album, Puberty 2, exactly seven seconds in. Neatly laid over the skitter of drum machine ambience, the New York-based musician sighs, “Happy came to visit me.” There’s a lot to unpack over the duration of the album’s opening track (and arguable thesis),
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Fantastic Negrito regales hometown with record release show

“The last days of Oakland. The end of something, the beginning of something. There’s good in the old Oakland. There’s good in the new Oakland,” Fantastic Negrito began. As the sun set over First Fridays on June 3 in downtown Oakland, the city’s favorite blues musician was celebrating the release
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VÉRITÉ revels in warm welcome at Rickshaw Stop

VÉRITÉ oozes New York City cool on stage just the way you’d imagine a hip electro-pop singer-songwriter would. At her recent performance at Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco, she stole the show with perfectly coiffed melodies, glittering synths and the cool-girl uniform to match: black lipstick, black leather jacket, sequined shorts
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Autechre astounds with five-part release ‘elseq’

Grade: A- After three years of letting 2013’s Exai settle, British electronic music duo Autechre has released its 12th studio album. To call the online release highly anticipated, or even long-awaited, wouldn’t really match the stride of the group’s public image. elseq 1-5 is a 21-track behemoth that inconspicuously popped
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Chance the Rapper rises to lyrical sainthood with latest album

GRADE: A- “I’m gon’ praise Him, praise Him ‘til I’m gone.” This line off “Blessings” succinctly sums up Coloring Book, Chance the Rapper’s long-awaited third mixtape. The project is a testament to Chance’s emotional and religious growth as a first-time father, while never losing sight of the magnetic positivity and
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