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Music Staff Picks: The Best Releases of April

billy woods – Aethiopes On Aethiopes, billy woods reestablishes his strengths as a storyteller, with help from producer Preservation’s experimentally jazzy beats. By now, woods has cemented himself as one of hip hop’s greatest writers, and his brooding yet clever introspection sounds especially powerful over Preservation’s musical backdropping. Samples of pianos will twinkle across some tracks, and pound discordantly on others, while electric guitars ring and horns blow. By the time the harmonica enters the equation, the beats here are unparalleled. It is an enveloping atmosphere completed by excellent percussion, which moves between hand drums, full kits, and shuffling jangles … Continued

Pieces of the Puzzle: Escape to Africa

Esteban and Martha may seem like ordinary people to everyone around them, but when things aren’t going so well, they do the only thing they can think of. To others, it may seem like a terrible idea that will only end badly. To them, it seems like a chance that will lead to a lifetime of happiness. Image via: www.evokefoods.com

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