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Back to Reality
Sounds Like: Long-lost funk and electro relics from the mid-’80s collected by Peanut Butter Wolf, some of them glammed up with the help of Dam-Funk.
Free Association: Getchyo rollerskates ’n’ shades on and hit the streets with a boombox.
For Fans Of: Prince, Rufus, Chic, scultped afros, steps, Coming to America.
Sounds Like: Not entirely for House nerds, AKA Maetrik, this is a solid debut of dancefloor workouts from space mixing ’90s dance music with futurism.
Free Association: Obsessed with remixes? This is great fodder for your DJ fantasies.
For Fans Of: Black Box, Daft Punk x Technotronic, raves, vogueing.
Asher Roth with Nottz
Sounds Like: For fanboys (like me) waiting for 2011’s The Spaghetti Tree, this is a lovely eight-track collab EP with the Va. producer who’s worked with Busta a bunch.
Free Association: Each song uses samples smartly and has its own slick production.
For Fans Of: Eminem, Drake, Morrisville, gingers, blunt cruisin’.
Let Freedom Reign
Hostage Calm is cool with the chaos