On the Record: Jill Scott, Beyonce, Vespertina & More

By Bill Chenevert
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Black Up

(Sub-Pop)

Sounds Like: Tripped-out futuristic hip-hop debut from the Seattle-based Digable Planets master emcee, Butterfly—one of the coolest records you’ll hear this summer.

Free Association: Still nailing a jazz vibe but tweaking it in a glitchy, dub-step way.

For Fans Of: Flying Lotus, Antipop Consortium, Odd Future, blowout combs, nickel bags.

Verspertina

The Waiting Wolf

(Dusty Pockets)

Sounds Like: Philly’s own Stoupe, of Jedi Mind Tricks, handles the production, with operatic Lorrie Doriza providing words and vocals for some trip-pop opera jawns.

Free Association: Danger Mouse tried this a month ago, but with much less success.

For Fans Of: Tori Amos over Herbaliser, Thievery Corporation, baroque electronica.

Frank Turner

England Keep My Bones

(Epitaph)

Sounds Like: Former Million Dead vocalist, this Brit has left his thrash days behind for chiller, more folk-oriented punk and rock, and it suits him like Seville Row.

Free Association: Americans singing about the U.S.? Corny. Brits about England? Brilliant!

For Fans Of: Billy Bragg x Henry Rollins, Let England Shake, Shakespeare.

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