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Music Monday: Weekly Curator Picks

This is how you reissue an album.

The Rolling Stones totally get it. Sticky Fingers (Super Deluxe) comes with 23 extra songs. There’s an alternate version of “Brown Sugar” with Eric Clapton playing a mean sounding slide guitar. The Gram Parsons inspired “Wild Horses” gets the acoustic strip-down. And a live cover of “Little Queenie” boasts a bionic boogie. –Eric Shea

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CURATOR’S DISCOVERY

Hudson Mohawke Radiates Creativity on Lantern

Scottish producer Hudson Mohawke (real name Ross Birchard) vaulted from Glasgow obscurity to Kanye West producer and, arguably, inventor of trap music. But on his second album Lantern, he doesn’t aim for hits, instead exploring jittery noise, surprising samples, and emotive vocals, delivering a remarkably assured and innovative work, aglow with inspiration and soul. –Party Ben

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La voz de Adriel.

Adriel Favela’s Pandora Whiteboard Session demonstrates why he is hands-down one of the brightest young voices in Regional Mexican music. Punctuated by poise, sharp vocal clarity, control and an excellent conjunto, Favela runs through a string of recent singles, including his latest, Te Acuerdas De Tu Amiga, all skillfully interpreted in this stripped down format. Marcos Juarez

James Taylor digs deep for new inspiration.

James Taylor’s output has slowed over the decades, almost stopping after 2002’s October Road. Now we get Before This World. Thematically, it’s a nostalgic look back at the decades his career has spanned covering politics, his beloved Red Sox and a nice eye for the small details of human life. Welcome back, James! –Diego Gonzalez

Legendary producer proves “75 Is The New 24” with long-awaited comeback.

Giorgio Moroder is one of the most influential disco/electronic musicians of all time, with production credits ranging from Blondie’s “Call Me” to Donna Summer’s most iconic songs. Déjà Vu resurrects ‘70s discotheque nostalgia, featuring collaborations with many Top 40 staples – including a cover of “Tom’s Diner” featuring Britney Spears! –Michelle Solomon

These French popcore goon(ie)s return with more pop and less core!

Of all the groups in the modern pop-punk pack, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!’s mix of downtuned metalcore chug and huge pop hooks always seemed the most heartfelt, and the most fun. On Get Lost Find Yourself, C!NCC! get even poppier, transforming metallic, mosh-worthy breakdowns into polished pop perfection. –Andee Connors

Slum Village slumps out the Detroit sound with YES!

Taking you back in the days of J-Dilla beats & rhymes, SV returns to the classic sound they made history with on Fantastic, Vol. 1. Yes! features guest appearances and production from De La Soul, Jon Connor, Phife, Dilla, Black Milk, BJ The Chicago Kid, Bilal, Illa J and J Ivy. –J Boogie