Dabrye, Additional Productions Vol. 1 (Ghostly International). Glitch-hop darling Dabrye remixes obscure tracks from Trans Am, Nomo and Ill Suono, slathering on his signature touch of fluttering, saw-toothed synth tones. While the remixes are fresh, the original "Nite Eats Day" (money mix featuring Beans) brings world-music flavor with a crazy reed flute and soul style with drippy hand claps. -- Morgan Wells
Five Deez, Kommunicator (Rapster). The latest desperate attempt to flip-boom-bap into something more interesting comes from Five Deez on the group's third album, Kommunicator. Blending traditional kick-snare beats, blippy samples and far-out vocals, the Cincinnati quartet pushes the boundaries of rap vs. outer space. -- Wells
Anthony Hamilton, Ain't Nobody Worryin' (So So Def/Zomba). Recent Westword profile subjects the Nappy Roots helped make Anthony Hamilton's name; they collaborated on 2002's Grammy-nominated "Po' Folks." With Worryin', Hamilton easily holds the spotlight, and if tracks such as "Preacher's Daughter" (featuring Tarsha McMillian) don't revolutionize R&B, they dig deep into what makes it great. -- Michael Roberts
Jeff Mangum, Live at Jittery Joe's (Orange Twin). The more time passes, the more vital every scrap of Neutral Milk Hotel ephemera becomes. This reissue of Jeff Mangum's near-legendary 1997 solo set freezes him between the brashness of On Avery Island and the sublimity of 1998's In the Areoplane Over the Sea. The shaky DVD footage only adds to the disjointed and otherworldly aura that oozed from one of the most gripping songwriters of this, or any, generation. -- Heller
Matthew Shipp, One (Thirsty Ear). Given how prolific Shipp has been in recent years, it'd be easy to take him for granted. Resist the urge, though, because his powers are at their peak. While One is built upon one of jazz's hoariest concepts (the solo piano set), Shipp triumphs anyhow, thanks to playing that's consistently challenging yet unexpectedly accessible. -- Roberts
With Honor, This Is Our Revenge (Victory). No one likes being lectured -- which is why positive hardcore has remained a small subgenre within punk ever since Dag Nasty invented it twenty years ago. But With Honor's sophomore disc doesn't sacrifice an erg of force or melody in its attempt to preach politics, poetry and passion to the converted (or just plain apathetic) Warped Tour masses. -- Heller
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