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Tuesday Reviewsday: MIA, Yuna, Dam-Funk & Snoopzilla, Run River North

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M.I.A. performs at the Soho House Satellite Nights series with M.I.A. on November 5, 2013 in Brooklyn City. Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for Soho House

It's time for Tuesday Reviewsday, our regular segment in which we talk about the best in new music. This week we're joined by Oliver Wang of Soul-Sides.com and music supervisor Morgan Rhodes.

Morgan's Picks:

Artist: M.I.A.
Album: Matangi
Release Date: Nov. 5, 2013
Genre: Electronic
Label: Interscope
Songs: "Karmageddon"

This is M.I.A.'s fourth album, a follow up to 2010's Maya. Matangi refers to the Hindu goddess of music and spoken word. This album covers a variety of topics including media, politics, sexuality, and, of course, haters.


Artist: Yuna
Album: Nocturnal
Release Date: Oct 29, 2013
Songs: "Falling" "I Want You Back"

This is the sophomore effort from Malaysian singer, Yuna, and a follow up to her big U.S. hit, "Live Your Life" from her self-titled debut released in 2012.  



Oliver's Picks:

Artist: Dam-Funk & Snoopzilla
Album: 7 Days of Funk
Release Date: Dec. 10, 2013
Label: Stones Throw
Songs: "Faden Away"
Pasadena’s own master of funk & boogie styles, teaming up with Snoopzilla aka Snoop Lion aka Snoop Dogg, on an album that makes so much sense, you have to wonder, “how come they didn’t this already”? It’s like one long smoke-out session, scored in syrupy synths and big fat baselines. 


Artist: Run River North
Album: Run River North
Release Date: Feb. 24, 2014
Label: Nettwerk
Song: "Fight to Keep"
Six-person, Korean American band, mostly from the Valley (Northridge, holla). They were “discovered” partially by Honda and Jimmy Kimmel after recording this song in their Hondas, and then putting it on YouTube. Debut album is produced by Phil Ek (who’s produced Fleet Foxes, The Shins, Band of  Horses, etc.).


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