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Algiers, ONO, Mourning A BLKstar Presented by Dismal Niche

Algiers (Atlanta, GA / Matador Records)
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Pulling from a divergent set of musical (and nonmusical) influences; including post-punk, gospel music, Southern Gothic literature, and insurrectionary politics Atlanta's Algiers has been described as "dystopian soul" referring to the music's somber mood, afro-folk inspired vocal approach, and heavy emphasis on atonal textures.
This is the musical response that dark times demand, one that not only shakes its fist but deploys it. Locally-informed global citizens, Algiers refuse to sit idly by while most contemporary artists appear perfectly content to sit out the revolution. Not only do Algiers harbor a purposeful sense of obligation in what they do on their latest resistance record The Underside Of Power, but they recognize the roots and thorns of precedent in said resistance.

ONO (Chicago, IL / Moniker Records)
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über-legendary Chicago avant-everything cult freakazoids ONO are one of those radical groups who’ve earned that tag as “one of the most influential bands you’ve never heard of.”
- Brad Cohan, Village Voice
Self-described experimental, noise and industrial poetry performance band exploring gospel's darkest conflicts, tragedies and premises. 

Mourning A BLKstar
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Cleveland DIY Afrofuturists Mourning [A] BLKstar blend 70s soul, experimental hip-hop, and postpunk ambience. Led by producer RA Washington, Mourning [A] BLKstar features a trio of dynamic singers—James Longs, LaToya Kent, and Kyle Kidd—and an indeterminate number of musicians. The ensemble traffics in a gritty strain of DIY Afrofuturist soul music, balancing hip-hop production techniques with lo-fi experimentation that bathes sultry grooves in darkness, either in scratchy samples or washed-out synth tones.
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