100 Unheralded Albums from 2010

Dessa: A Badly Broken CodeDessa: A Badly Broken Code (Doomtree, 2/9/10)

Dessa: “Dixon’s Girl”
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The only female member of Minneapolis hip-hop collective Doomtree, Dessa is a spoken-word vocalist, singer, and MC whose awaited full-length was finally released earlier this year.

On A Badly Broken Code, her true solo debut, Dessa’s vocal diversity is matched by its underlying music, ranging from hard-hitting beats and rhymes to lilting harmonic overdubs.

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