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Blood Orange “Coastal Grooves” Stream + Yours Truly “Other People’s Poetry” Mixtape

Blood Orange is the latest incarnation of the musical chameleon that is Dev Hynes. The first impression I had of Blood Orange was via his track “Dinner” a very tasteful nod to 90s RnB but that was not a barometer of what his full-length “Coastal Grooves” would sound like. Instead “Coastal Grooves” is a homage to 90s Alternative rock with its heavily guitar-driven songs. I particularly love how Dev uses percussive and cyclical guitar riffs to create a hypnotic and apathetic 90s vibe. “Forget It” with its pieced together guitar solo, “S’Cooled” with its early Phoenix-wannabe-RnB groove and “The Complete Knock” with its galloping bassline are all highlight tracks off the LP.

Your Truly presents a mixtape compiled by Dev himself featuring some songs that seem to have influenced his latest sound, listen and download it over @

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Azari & III “Manic” Stream

There is something about AzarI & III that I could never put my finger on with their brand of Distopian-futurist-house. It is more than appropriate that their debut full-length album is entitled “Manic”. The entire LP is a collection of genre blending dancefloor tracks that will conjure up images of 80s excess mixed in with 90s apathy. It is a collection of tunes that strike a nostalgic note while still feeling very futuristic. “Lost In Time” and “Change of Heart” are two of my favorite cuts from the album along side all the big singles that we all know and love. “Undecided” is a track that is a clash of Depeche Mode and and early NIN – a sound and vibe that I have no problem hearing in today’s musical environment. This is definitely in the running for one of my top favorite albums of 2011.

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David Byrne & Brian Eno – Everything That Happens Will Happen Today

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