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Sunshine Countdown

In honour of the summer solstice, we offer you a video countdown of some of the, er, hottest sun worshipping music available.

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Simon Reynolds’s Video Countdown: UKG x R&B

The British writer expatriated in America lists some of his favourite UK Garage remixes of R&B hits.

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Slackk’s Grime Beefs

A video countdown of some of the most memorable MC clashes in grime.

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Video Countdown: Gender Battle Raps

Lisa Blanning lists ten of her favourite raps detailing the ongoing struggle between men and women.

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Interview + Video Premiere: Venice

Coinciding with a brand new song and video collaboration with the fellow Italian psych-disco outfit Dumbo Gets Mad, we talk musical metaphysics with Academy class of '10 participant Venice.

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RBMA's Valentine's Video Countdown

Today is Valentine's Day in some parts of the world. Not where we are exactly, but regardless, romance is in the air. Click through for 10 salacious moments in music to soundtrack your voluptuous voyage - wherever it may take you.

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Andras Fox's Countdown Of Tiny Drum Machine Songs

Melbourne-based producer, DJ and 2010 Academy participant Andras Fox has always been a connoisseur of the truly odd. And he sorts his music by theme - whether it be quiet storm, cave-rock, acid-beard or, as concerns us in this case, tiny drum machine songs. Check his playlist "Ace-Tone: An Ode To Rhythmic Underlay" after the jump.

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Video: Soul II Soul Sound System at 'Play, Japan!'

Soul II Soul Sound System, Shuya Okino, Toshio Matsura, DJ Krush, and DJ Mil'o all linked for Play, Japan! last November, bringing vibes and positivity to Tokyo's Liquid Rooms.

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Lecture Video: Stretch & Bobbito, Masters At Work, Gary Bartz from 'NYC to SF Bay'

The Academy went all Tazmanian Devil and blazed a (figurative) path from New York City to the San Francisco Bay Area with a series of lectures and concerts last week. Check the videos.

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Video: Clams Casino, Hatcha, and Greg Wilson discuss the storage of sound

From reel-to-reels to dubplates to digital - musicians, journalists and DJs discuss how different storage formats affect the sound of an era.

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Rescued From The Fire #27: Erykah Badu

Welcome to a special video edition of the Rescued From The Fire series filmed during the 2011 Academy in Madrid. For our 27th episode, none other than Ms. Erykah Badu explains the album she would pull from the flames if, God forbid, a pizza box ever got left in the oven.

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Better Business, Better Life: James Pants' Top 10 Musical Moments of Inspiration

In order to encourage those slogging through unfulfilling day jobs, foul weather, business disappointments and broken hearts, James Pants counts down 10 music-related video moments showcasing humanity at it's most uplifting, creative, and inspiring.

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CCTV: Cha Cha's "dope Chinese music you've never heard"

Shanghai-based 2011 participant Cha Cha picks 10 of her favorite slices from the modern Chinese musical landscape. In no particular order, of course.

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A Pretty Good Time Of The Year: Christmas Video Countdown

Your friends at the Academy count down 20 pretty decent Christmas songs for your next egg-nog party.

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The In Sound From Way Kraut: A Kosmische Countdown

West Germany in the 70s was a maelstrom of mindbending music. Pop historian Jon Savage savours the kosmische slop and counts down his top 10 favourite kraut platters in the process.

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dublab's Spanish Reflections Video Countdown

In honor of the just-finished 2011 Academy in Madrid, Mark "Frosty" McNeill and LA's famed dublab radio crew choose nine Spanish videos they fortuitously discovered during their tenure in the Spanish capital.

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Sadness Hides The Sun: Noz's darkest rap videos

With the Academy over and the post-mortem depression sinking in, it seems only right that the resident rap scholar Andrew Noz would pick 13 of the saddest southern rap songs ever put to wax. Pour a lil' liquor for the crew.

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Palmbomen's Video Tour Of Old World Jams

The Netherlands based, lo-fi-arpeggiator-disco-psych-wave purveyor Palmbomen picks 10 of his favorite European jams. From 10 different European countries.

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Cold Fuzion: Oneohtrix Point Never and Nate Boyce's top 10 fusion jams

Oneohtrix Point Never and video-artist Nate Boyce pick 10 highlights from the world of fusion jams. Break out the Synth-Axe.

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Raising Cain: Nick Hook's troublemaking countdown

Nick Hook picks the top 10 songs "I caused ruckus to when I was 13-15"