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Electronic - To be released February 14, 2020 | Stones Throw

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Soul - To be released January 31, 2020 | Stones Throw

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Electronic - Released January 17, 2020 | Stones Throw

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 15, 2020 | Stones Throw

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Electronic - Released January 13, 2020 | Stones Throw

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Electronic - Released January 9, 2020 | Stones Throw

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Rap - Released January 7, 2020 | Stones Throw

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Soul - Released January 3, 2020 | Stones Throw

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Electronic - Released December 10, 2019 | Stones Throw

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Alternative & Indie - Released December 3, 2019 | Stones Throw

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Electronic - Released November 8, 2019 | Stones Throw

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 1, 2019 | Stones Throw

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More than 10,000 kilometres separate Khartoum and Cleveland. A distance erased in one fell swoop by Brittney Parks, aka Sudan Archives, on her magnificent first album, Athena. At 24 years old, the self-taught American who grew up in Ohio builds some unlikely yet strong bridges between the sounds of the continents. And her contemporary, languid and dreamy soul is unlike any other… The violin, prevalent in the Sudanese music which she admires so much, is her tool of preference. It’s a sound that she meshes together with electro and some light hip hop beats. In 2016, Sudan Archives even covered Kendrick Lamar’s King Kunta (re-baptised Queen Kunta) using just her voice, the violin and an effect pedal. Her unusual musical fusions were conceived from a revelation the Los Angeles-based artist had while listening to recordings by the Cameroonian Francis Bebey, an artist who himself blended African music with minimalist electro. On Athena, released on Stones Throw, the excellent Californian label started by Peanut Butter Wolf which specialises in underground rap and kooky funk, Sudan Archives certainly draws on the legacy of the queens of underground soul (Erykah Badu, Solange) all the while retaining her originality. And her futuristic afro-R&B, which has layers upon layers of different sounds, shows enough avant-garde talent to make her stand out from the crowd. A shock, but a sweet one. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Electronic - Released October 25, 2019 | Stones Throw

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R&B - Released October 16, 2019 | Stones Throw

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Electronic - Released October 9, 2019 | Stones Throw

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Electronic - Released October 2, 2019 | Stones Throw

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 27, 2019 | Stones Throw

On their first album, Los Angeles trio Automatic play a punchy yet detached form of post-punk with a slight sci-fi theme. The group are clearly familiar with early Rough Trade staples like LiLiPUT and Delta 5 (they've even recorded a cover of the latter's signature tune, "Mind Your Own Business," as a B-side), but their droning organs and absence of lead guitars point to Suicide as an equally crucial influence. It's probably worth mentioning that drummer Lola Dompé is the daughter of Kevin Haskins (Bauhaus, Love and Rockets, Tones on Tail), ensuring that the group are well-versed in the darker side of alternative rock, yet they aren't quite brooding enough to be perceived as goth. Opening track "Too Much Money" sets the tone with brisk drumming, hypnotically wavering synths, and call-and-response vocal harmonies. Some of the subsequent songs, such as "Calling It" and "I Love You, Fine," establish a compelling sound and an anxious mood, then quit before things get too dramatic. "Highway," on the other hand, rides out its appropriately driving beat and New Order-style bass line, and manages to evoke a complete road trip without saying anything other than "I drive all night." "Humanoid" paints a scene from an imaginary Blade Runner-esque film, stating "I see you turn to humanoid" over a slow, spacy waltz. "Damage" is both sinister ("I want to be there when you lose it all") and oddly relaxed, with ethereal vocals and synths floating over its race-track rhythm. This sort of electricity-and-ice dynamic gives Automatic their unique sound and feel, and makes Signal an intriguing debut. ~ Paul Simpson
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Electronic - Released September 26, 2019 | Stones Throw

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Electronic - Released September 20, 2019 | Stones Throw

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Soul - Released September 13, 2019 | Stones Throw

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