27 Best Albums You Didn't Hear in 2013

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Kelela, 'Cut 4 Me'
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Kelela, 'Cut 4 Me'

A D.C.-raised, L.A.-based R&B singer hooks up with some U.K. dance producers to make one of the year’s freshest underground-meets-mainstream coming out parties. On this mixtape-album, the beats are at once stark and sumptuous, full of alluring empty spaces, blips, twists and turns, giving Kelela tons of room to work a versatile voice that can be airy and vulnerable or as authoritative as any ballad-belter out there.

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