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Two Ribbons

Let's Eat Grandma

Alternative & Indie - To be released January 28, 2022 | Transgressive

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AFTER DINNER WE TALK DREAMS

Michelle

R&B - To be released March 4, 2022 | Transgressive

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EXPIRATION DATE

Michelle

R&B - Released January 5, 2022 | Transgressive

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Happy New Year

Let's Eat Grandma

Alternative & Indie - Released January 3, 2022 | Transgressive

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Keyboard Fantasies Reimagined

Beverly Glenn-Copeland

New Age - Released November 12, 2021 | Transgressive

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Soyenza

Moonchild Sanelly

Pop - Released December 10, 2021 | Transgressive

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Knopperz

Dave Okumu

Electronic - Released December 3, 2021 | Transgressive

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Ever New

Beverly Glenn-Copeland

New Age - Released December 1, 2021 | Transgressive

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Losing Light

The Antlers

Alternative & Indie - Released November 16, 2021 | Transgressive

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The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows

Damon Albarn

Alternative & Indie - Released November 12, 2021 | Transgressive

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A quarter century after the gobby war of words that fueled that Oasis-vs-Blur battle of Britpop, it's a hoot to imagine what the Gallagher brothers would make of the latest solo endeavor from the man Liam Gallagher once called "Dermot Oblong." While the Gallaghers have continued to make and remake Beatles and Kinks-inspired pop, Albarn has experimented with electronica, hip-hop, afrobeat and the wonderful chaos that is Gorillaz. For his latest, he turned to the dramatic landscapes of Iceland for inspiration. Call it uneasy listening. While the music is often gorgeous and even relaxing, the lyrics sometimes bear a heavy existential load. “I have been on my own dark journey while making this record and it led me to believe that a pure source might still exist," Albarn has said. As "The Cormorant"—named for a bird whose droppings can mortally harm the trees where they nest—freeform floats on abstract jazz tinklings, Albarn ponders: "Am I imprisoned on this island?/ I have tried to swim away ... But the current is too strong." "Polaris," one of the poppier songs on the record, ends with a sax solo and Albarn sounding an awful lot like Bowie as he sings over it: "The infinite pages we scroll out upon the garden/ In the shadow of the oak/ I miss the alarm in the music they're in." Vocally, he mostly plays it cool, staying calm amidst the vibrating noise and horn skronk of the upbeat "Royal Morning Blue" (which was inspired by watching rain turn into snow as he looked out at the Icelandic skies from his piano). Instrumental "Esja" seems to conjure up the brutal winds, its high-drama strings packing all the tension of a thriller movie. "Combustion," a riot of horn blares and insistent keys, pleasantly plods on a rhythm like an elephant walk. One of the few songs not influenced by the natural elements of Iceland, "The Tower of Montevideo" (as in that city's Palacio Salvo, an iconic 1920s structure), flirts with South American rhythms, sultry saxophone and longing nostalgia: "Once there was cinema and we had parties/ And the light at the top of the tower could reach Argentina." Meanwhile, ballad "Darkness to Light," which isn't such a left turn from later-era Blur, finds Albarn in full on lover-man mode, crooning falsetto and all. The album ends—on "Particles," with the singer's voice romantically wavering along a wash of synth —the way it begins, with the sound of bubbling, flowing water, like you’re at the coolest geothermal spa around. © Shelly Ridenour/Qobuz
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Two Ribbons

Let's Eat Grandma

Alternative & Indie - Released November 11, 2021 | Transgressive

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Worry

Songhoy Blues

Alternative & Indie - Released November 11, 2021 | Transgressive

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Let Us Dance

Beverly Glenn-Copeland

New Age - Released November 10, 2021 | Transgressive

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That's Folks

Mykki Blanco

Alternative & Indie - Released November 2, 2021 | Transgressive

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MESS U MADE

Michelle

R&B - Released October 27, 2021 | Transgressive

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Covivi

Moonchild Sanelly

Alternative & Indie - Released October 22, 2021 | Transgressive

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Ever New

Beverly Glenn-Copeland

New Age - Released October 20, 2021 | Transgressive

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The Tower of Montevideo

Damon Albarn

Alternative & Indie - Released October 14, 2021 | Transgressive

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Demon

Moonchild Sanelly

Pop - Released October 5, 2021 | Transgressive

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Donne Moi, Je Te Donne?

KOKOKO!

Electronic - Released October 1, 2021 | Transgressive

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