Category Archives: hip-hop

Best of 2014 – Pazz & Jop (Slight Variation)

Azealia Banks – Broke With Expensive Taste (Prospect Park)

Aphex Twin – Syro (Warp)

Jenny Lewis  – The Voyager (Warner Bros.)

Drive- By Truckers – English Oceans (ATO)

D’Angelo & the Vanguard – Black Messiah (RCA)

Shovels & Rope – Swimmin’ Time  (Dualtone)

FKA twigs – LP1 (Young Turks)

Sharon Van Etten – Are We There (Jagjaguwar)

Flying Lotus – You’re Dead! (Warp)

Run the Jewels – Run The Jewels 2 (Mass Appeal)

Pazz & Jop 


Chickie Baby

If There’s Something About My My Kissing That Don’t Please You, Just Tell Me And I’ll Change That Too

Mama, Mama Tell Me, What Am I Gonna Say?

Everybody Dance Now….

Saturday + Sunday Spinning

Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar, “Never Catch Me”

Tyshawn Sorey, Alloy (Pi)

Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn (Rounder)

Spoon, They Want My Soul (Lorna Vista)

Iggy Azalea, New Classic (Def Jam)

Rory Block, Hard Luck Child (Stoney Plain)

Branford Marsalis, In My Solitude – Live at Grace Cathedral (Sony)

The New Pornographers, Brill Bruisers (Matador)

Kenny Barron & Dave Holland, The Art of the Conversation (Impulse!)

Ken Thomson and Slow/Fast, Settle (NCM)

Conjure, “The Wardrobe Master of Paradise”

3rdEyeGirl ft. Prince, “Fixurlifeup”

Jesse Winchester, A Reasonable Amount of Trouble (Appleseed)

Tove Lo, Queen of the Clouds (Island)

Vaudou Game, Apiafo (Hot Casa)

Hush Point, Blues and Reds (Sunnyside)

Darius Jones & Matthew Shipp, Cosmic Leider: The Darkside Recital (AUM Fidelity) 


Steve Coleman & 5 Elements @ The Stone, 24-28

One of improvisation’s most dazzling minds, the saxophonist continues to till new soil with his latest album – the fetching interplay on Functional Arrythmias (Pi) is inspired by the the sparks that fly through the human body’s circulatory, nervous, respiratory systems. The intuitive counterpoint, the sharp turns, and the deep trust of the group’s collabo vibe mark it as yet another unique turn in a fascinating career. The fact that he won recently won a MacArthur Fellowship (genius grant) makes perfect sense.