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November 28, 2013
  Spun: They Call Me RicoPDF files may take a moment to load

The new album from Frédéric Pellerin — formally of the Madcaps, now turned soloist as They Call Me Rico — is a combination of folk and blues creatively meshed together. I popped his album into my car’s stereo on an especially foggy winter night and it served as the perfect ambiance with its mix of fast paced drums and eerie lyrics.

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November 13, 2013
  Spun: Action BronsonPDF files may take a moment to load

Action Bronson is a large, Albanian Jewish guy with a hipster-length beard, taste for Lincoln Town Cars and a honking New York voice — about the most unlikely rapper you can imagine. Hailing from Queens, the former chef broke from obscurity in 2012 with his Blue Chips mixtape, placing him among rap’s underground elite and landing him a deal with Vice Records.

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November 13, 2013
  Spun: Greg MacPherson BandPDF files may take a moment to load

As modern rock bands slowly edge further and further into the realm of mainstream music and the typical pop-esque radio fare over the course of their careers, the bands tend to adapt and develop more complex music with more instruments, synthesized sounds and orchestral backdrops. This isn’t the case with Winnipeg singer and songwriter Greg MacPherson, whose ninth album Fireball was released last month. MacPherson seems to keep toning it back and streamlining his style of rock ’n’ roll down to the basics.

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November 06, 2013
  Spun: The StrumbellasPDF files may take a moment to load

The cover of the latest album from the Toronto band The Strumbellas is slightly misleading, but that shouldn’t be held against it. The giant, gold disco ball that is setting behind the mountain in place of the sun suggests an upbeat country-dance album, as does the album’s title, We Still Move On Dance Floors. It inspires images of line-dancing cowboys. That’s a far cry from what this album actually is.

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November 06, 2013
  Spun: Fast RomanticsPDF files may take a moment to load

The sophomore album from local Calgary band the Fast Romantics sees a departure from the sound they developed in their debut album. Their self-titled debut, released in 2009, was standard indie-rock music with occasional, anticipated hints of punk rock slipped in and conveyed a general impression not unsimilar to Franz Ferdinand.

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October 30, 2013
  Spun: Arcade FirePDF files may take a moment to load

If you haven’t listened to an Arcade Fire album since Funeral, the music on Reflektor will come as a bit of a surprise. Since their debut album, the Canadian band has moved away from traditional indie-rock and towards a more ephemeral and unconventional sound. This shift is most noticeable in their latest album, which almost completely ditches classic rock conventions in favour of alternative dance and disco.

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October 30, 2013
  Spun: DJ RashadPDF files may take a moment to load

The footwork and juke genres have seen a surge in popularity within the underground dance music community in recent years. Created to promote a growing movement of Chicago dance crews and battlers in the early 2000s, the sound has since gone global with the help of some of the U.K.’s electronic music mainstays. Following a string of successful EPs and singles released under Kode9’s London-based label Hyperdub, DJ Rashad has now produced footworks’s seminal LP in Double Cup.

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October 23, 2013
  Spun: Four TetPDF files may take a moment to load

On Beautiful Rewind, Four Tet’s latest LP, electronic artist Kieran Hebden lifts sounds from the United Kingdom’s bygone underground dance-music scene and appropriates them to fit his signature sound.

The track “Kool FM” shares its name with an infamous pirate radio station that was among the first frequencies in London to play hardcore and jungle. Jungle-inspired percussive and vocal samples compliment grumbling sub bass, as they do on other more danceable tracks.

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October 23, 2013
  Spun: Tim HeckerPDF files may take a moment to load

Tim Hecker’s latest release, Virgins, is characterized by unpredictable synthesizer work, spacious droning and organic instrumentation paired with jarring electronics. Hecker has constructed an album that comes together cleanly despite his mix of natural and unnatural sounds.

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October 09, 2013
  Spun: Andria SimonePDF files may take a moment to load

Toronto soul singer Andria Simone’s new album Good Lovin’ screams of old-school influence from the ’50s and ’60s — from the vintage-record look of the CD to the horn section piping in with little shots here and there — but refreshes the sound with modern pop and R&B beats and rhythms, producing an incredibly fun and catchy album to listen to.

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