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Tuesday Reviewsday: Drake, Aloe Blacc, The Internet, and more

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Aloe Blacc at LA's Union Station. Interscope Records

It's time for Tuesday Reviewsday, our weekly new music segment with Oliver Wang from Soul-Sides.com and music supervisor Morgan Rhodes.

Oliver's Picks:

Artist: Drake
Album: Nothing Was The Same
Release Date: Sept. 24, 2013
Songs: "Too Much," "Connect"
Who He Is: Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum rapper signed to Lil Wayne's Young Money Cash Money Record Label. Canadian former child-star from the TV show Degrassi. Honest, transparent album.

Artist: Poets of Rhythm Album: Anthology 1993-2012
Release Date: Oct. 1
Songs: "Smilin' While You're Crying," "More Mess On My Thing"
Arguably the first retro-soul/funk band (pre-dating and setting up the future emergence of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Amy Winehouse, et. al.). Berlin group. For their early singles, they used to come to the U.S. and leave their 7"s in record stores, hoping people would think they were "vintage" releases. This is their first anthology.

Morgan's Picks: 

Artist: Aloe Blacc
Album: Wake Me Up EP
Release Date: Sept 24, 2013
Songs: "Can You Do This," "Ticking Bomb"
Who He Is: indie soul singer formerly signed to the Stones Throw Record label. Had a song featured as the theme song on a popular cable show in 2010. Voice draws comparisons to an iconic soul singer from the 70's. Former rapper with an LA based collective called The Loot Pack.

 

Artist: The Internet
Album: Feel Good
Release Date: Sept 24, 2014
Songs: "Dontcha," "Sunset ft. Yuna Zaraai"
Who They Are: Matt Martian and DJ Syd The Kid, offshoots of a collective called Odd Future, based here in LA whose members include Earl Sweatshirt, Frank Ocean Tyler the Creator (both have released projects this year).

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