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by Paul Attard Foreign Correspondent Music

J Balvin & Bad Bunny | Oasis

Puerto Rican singer-songwriter/trap star Bad Bunny characterized his recent collaborative effort with Columbian reggaeton idol J Balvin — rather dramatically — as “a transcendental and refreshing album; it is a rescue, a relief.” While Oasis isn’t the profoundly life-changing event that this lofty description might…

September 7, 2019
by Taylor Murnane Foreign Correspondent Music

BiSH | Carrots and Sticks

For their last few releases, Japanese idol rock group BiSH has been focused on fashioning a larger sound and building a cult of personality around themselves, these concerns being the new focus of their notorious label, WACK. This has led to many of the…

September 7, 2019
by Ryo Miyauchi Foreign Correspondent Music

Kiki Vivi Lily | Vivid

Love songs come second nature to Kiki Vivi Lily on her debut full-length, Vivid. Thinking about black coffee leads to the sweet dedication “Caffeine Holic,” addressed to a specific crush who inspired a habit the narrator can’t quite shake: “It’s too late, I’m addicted to…

September 7, 2019
by Paul Attard Foreign Correspondent Music

Fumaça Preta | Pepas

Since their self-titled debut in 2014, Fumaça Preta has had a penchant for brashly blending and utilizing the most eclectic elements of sleazy ’60s psychedelia, Brazilain batacuda and tropicalia samba, depraved cumbia, and state-side post-punk. Pepas — the UK-based outfit’s first release sine 2016’s…

September 7, 2019
by Sam C. Mac Foreign Correspondent Music

Youssou N’Dour | History

Youssou N’Dour has always been a huge personality — as has been expressed through both his music and his status as a public figure and unofficial cultural ambassador for Senegal. But the last decade of his life has seen the icon up his profile…

July 3, 2019
by Joe Biglin Foreign Correspondent Music

Otoboke Beaver | Itekoma Hits

Otoboke Beaver: What is an all-female Japanese punk outfit from Kyoto? Itekoma Hits: What is a compilation of new tracks plus singles and EPs from the past few years serving as their latest album? Pretty fucking hard: How “hard” does this quartet go? In…

July 3, 2019
by Ryo Miyauchi Foreign Correspondent Music

Tricot | Repeat

Tricot pack a lot of musical ideas into a single song — and they unwind or abruptly pause their guitar playing, all based on a sense of intuition. However, the band also prizes economy on their latest five-track EP, a set that’s tightly sequenced…

July 3, 2019
by Paul Attard Foreign Correspondent Music

Maluma | 11:11

Maluma is currently having ‘a moment’ on the global stage — but not exactly in his home country, where he’s been having a moment since 2015, with two diamond selling records and several Top 10 Latin Billboard hits. And unlike that other really huge…

July 3, 2019
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