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“Listen In” is a weekly feature in which we ask musicians to curate a mixtape-length YouTube playlist of songs they’re currently digging. Brooklyn’s Octo Octa–a producer who makes lush, dreamy, deliciously hi-fi dance music–compiled this week’s “Listen In,” a tour through mellow, funky house music of the ’80s and ’90s. And while the mix’s opening […]

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“Listen In” is a weekly feature in which we ask musicians to curate a mixtape-length YouTube playlist of songs they’re currently digging. Listening to Cities Aviv’s latest release, 2012’s excellent Black Pleasure, it’s hard not to be wowed and/or disoriented by the sonic landscape. Out is the left-of-center boom-bap that characterized his debut, replaced with music that’s […]

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Each week in Sample Wars, we’ll pit two songs which sample the same source material head-to-head against each other, to determine which one rocked the sample better. Today, we’re reaching way back to The Flamingos’ 1959 hit “I Only Have Eyes You,” which provided the basis for The Fugees’ classic “Zealots” as well as minimal electronic […]

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