I didn't even have an idea what N.A.S.A. was other than National Aeronautics and Space Administration, but I picked up the group's debut album The Spirit of Apollo on the ground of the guest appearances by some of my favorite artists, such as Kanye West, Spank Rock and The Cool Kids. Actually, N.A.S.A. is a hip-hop collective made up of American producer Squeak E. Clean and Brazilian DJ Zegon (thus their name stands for "North America South America") and their music is really fresh, funky and innovative.
Avant's latest, self-titled album was released last December, but it was just recently that I noticed it and picked it up. I was not that crazy about the lead tracks ("When It Hurts," "Break Ya Back"), but the whole album is full of great, sophisticated R&B tracks and I'm loving this one very much. …