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David Usher - Morning Orbit

How to ensure your solo career doesn’t threaten the stability of your band? If you’re David Usher, you co-opt fellow Moist men Mark Makoway and Jeff Pearce to co-produce. Usher also wisely enlists rapper Snow and My Brilliant Beast singer Julia Galios and employs lush strings and operatic voices on the seductive “Black Black Heart.” The album’s best cut, the anthemic “Alone in the Universe,” may even become a bigger hit than Moist’s own singles. What then?
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The Beta Band - Hot Shots II

That scene in High Fidelity , where Rob (John Cusak) hooks customers in his Championship Vinyl record shop by playing an album of trippy pop, has done wonders for this cool, unassuming Scottish quartet. On its second full-length disc, the once-obscure band delves deeper into dub, electronica and other dreamy soundscapes. While most of it has a sunny vibe, one tracks cleverly turns Harry Nilsson’s “One” into a nightmarish rap about “virtual reality.” Serious headphone music.
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Marcus Roberts Trio - Cole After Midnight

The bonus here: two Coles on one album. Having paid tribute to Ellington on 1998’s In Honor of Duke , the celebrated jazz pianist and his group (bassist Roland Guerin and drummer Jason Marsalis, younger brother of Wynton and Branford) pay homage to the music of Nat King Cole and Cole Porter. It makes for a dandy package, including tasty versions of such beloved chestnuts “Mona Lisa” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.”
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