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2004 Stories by Tamara Palmer

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  • Trillville and Lil Scrappy

    published December 30, 2004

    Combining two artists' debuts into one release was sensible marketing for Lil Jon, who sought to bring out further evidence of the young crunk... More >>

  • Videocy

    published December 23, 2004

    Music videos weren't particularly groundbreaking in 2004, nor did most genres stray from their conventions -- rockers still favored live... More >>

  • Orbital

    published December 16, 2004

    After sharing a fruitful musical partnership that yielded electronic music with a sci-fi twist for nearly fifteen years, brothers Phil and Paul... More >>

  • Hexstatic

    published December 2, 2004

    Don't tell Hexstatic (Robin Brunson and Stuart Warren Hill) that there has been a crackdown on sampling. They'd be screwed; it's the genius of... More >>

  • Daddy G

    published November 18, 2004

    Grant Marshall, a.k.a. Daddy G, was the strong silent type in the original lineup of Massive Attack (now the sole domain of Robert "3-D" Del... More >>

  • Afrika Bambaataa

    published October 28, 2004

    It has been 22 years since Afrika Bambaataa and the Soulsonic Force released "Planet Rock," a seminal hip-hop cut that borrowed its funky electro... More >>

  • As One

    published October 28, 2004

    Out of the Darkness is the sixth album from English producer Kirk Degiorgio and, following 2001's 21st Century Soul, only his second... More >>

  • Gold Chains & Sue Cie

    published October 14, 2004

    Gold Chains (Topher LaFata) teams up with good friend Sue Cie (Sue Costabile) for the lighthearted When the World Was Our Friend. Here, the... More >>

  • I-20

    published September 23, 2004

    I-20, who lent his deep voice to Ludacris's "Move Bitch" and Houston's summery R&B hit "I Like That," brings a similar brand of... More >>

  • K-Os

    published September 23, 2004

    Toronto's Kheaven Brereton challenges hip-hop conventions with his sophomore effort, Joyful Rebellion, just as he did on his... More >>

  • Blaze

    published August 19, 2004

    The New Jersey duo known as Blaze remains the pinnacle of what it likes to call "soulful house music." Infused with a spiritual quality and... More >>

  • Brand Nubian

    published August 12, 2004

    The artists collectively known as the Native Tongues are noted in history as the primary purveyors of "conscious rap" during the Nineties, but New... More >>

  • Scissor Sisters

    published July 29, 2004

    Two years ago, the campy New York-based quintet Scissor Sisters took Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" to the dance floor, shoved the prog rock... More >>

  • Joseph Malik

    published June 17, 2004

    Though best known for his collaborations with German electronic jazz outfit Trüby Trio (“High Jazz,” “Bad Luck”), Nigerian/Scottish soul singer Joseph ... More >>

  • Stefon Harris and Blackout

    published April 29, 2004

    At 30 years old, the prodigious vibraphonist Stefon Harris already has three Grammy nominations and four albums for Blue Note under his belt. For... More >>

  • Home Alone

    published April 22, 2004

    Kieran Hebden appears to be a normal 25-year-old living in London's Camden Town who spends a lot of time at home. He's a guy who wakes up when he... More >>

  • Slicker

    published April 22, 2004

    Chicago's John Hughes III has operated Hefty Records for nine years. The independent label has released albums by artists such as Telefon Tel Aviv... More >>

  • Hit Parade

    published March 4, 2004

    Record companies love to say that their song did well at the Winter Music Conference. "This was the hit of WMC!" looks great splashed... More >>

  • Louie Vega

    published March 4, 2004

    Louie Vega's musical journey to maturity has been an extensive tour of self-discovery through collaboration and experimentation. Vega broke as a... More >>

  • DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid vs. Twilight Circus Dub Sound System

    published January 29, 2004

    Dub soundclashes are a classic technique (traditionally a meeting of Jamaican sound systems in a sparring match) honored here by two prolific... More >>

  • Joël Virgel

    published January 15, 2004

    Recently Joël Virgel's sexy, throaty voice resonated throughout the house music world on the Latin Project's "Lei Lo Lai," which soared to... More >>

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