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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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James Blake paints with moody, mature palette on new album

What began as radio silence became watercolors instead. Initially titled Radio Silence, James Blake’s highly anticipated third album The Colour in Anything finds Blake at his most mature, stripped of pretense and painting honest portraits of his maturation into adult life through adult love. In the past few years, James
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Beyonce reigns supreme on surprise release ‘Lemonade’

Lemonade is Beyonce’s most introspective, personal and revealing album to date. Sure, her 2013 eponymous album delved into more mature and social themes, but Lemonade takes these ideas to a completely new level, weaving two distinct threads through the album about her private struggles and her identity as a black
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