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14 Exciting July Releases You Won't Want To Miss

The sun's shining and festival season is underway, but things are just as exciting on the stereo as they are in the field in July. Coming up in the next 31 days are big hitters from The Maccabees and Tame Impala, exciting debuts from Fraser A Gorman and Best Friends and just about everything in between. Here's NME guide to July's unmissable releases.

  • Big Talk – ‘Straight In No Kissin'’: Oh, Ronnie. If you can forgive The Killers’ drummer’s frankly ludicrous choice of album title, then chances are Mr. Vannucci’s second offering as Big Talk should provide more boozy, bar-room jams shot straight from the Petty/Springsteen school of Americana as their debut. No messin’. Released July 24

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  • The Maccabees – ‘Marks To Prove It’: Stepping up to the plate with their shot at 2015’s indie crown are The Maccabees with ‘Marks To Prove It’. The product of an arduous three-year process, it’s an album that should sound tortured but instead sounds like the joyous LP that could push them into the big leagues. Find out if they manage it at the end of the month. Released July 31

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  • The Chemical Brothers – ‘Born in the Echoes’: It’s been 20 years since their 1995 debut ‘Exit Planet Dust’ and The Chemical Brothers are still going strong. ‘Born In The Echoes’ will be the dance stalwarts’ ninth studio LP: see how it matches up to its predecessors on July 17.

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  • Ducktails – ‘St Catherine’: Ducktails is the side project of Real Estate’s Matt Mondanile and, much like his day job, it finds the Massachusetts guitarist creating the kind of wistful, gauzy tunes built for holding hands with your loved one in the West Coast sun. ‘St. Catherine’, let’s hope, is just as sweetly seductive. Released July 24

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  • Tame Impala – ‘Currents’: This one’s a biggie. Over the course of two superlative LPs – 2010’s ‘Innerspeaker’ and 2012’s ‘Lonerism’ – Kevin Parker has gone from bedroom dreamer to genuine star while still making the kind of gorgeous tunes that sit well outside the usual chart remit. See whether he can make it a hat-trick with ‘Currents’. Released July 17

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  • MS MR – ‘How Does It Feel’: New York duo MS MR aka Lizzy Plapinger and Max Hershenow burst out of the traps with 2013 debut ‘Secondhand Rapture’ in a sea of technicolour pop melodies and bright aesthetic. ‘How Does It Feel’ is the duo’s attempt at recapturing the magic. Released July 17

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  • Sleaford Mods – ‘Key Markets’: Following 2014’s critically-acclaimed LP ‘Divide and Exit’, Nottingham genre-mashers Sleaford Mods return with more unflinching opinions and dissing of The Man. Among 2015’s indie landscape, Jason Williamson and Andrew Fearn sound like no-one but themselves. Released July 10

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  • Best Friends – ‘Hot. Reckless. Totally Insane’: Based in Sheffield’s thriving DIY scene, Best Friends’ full-length debut comes in the wake of several EPs and split 7”s over the past four years. It’s sure to be the kind of ramshackle party record that lives up to its hedonistic title: grab your pals and find out for yourself. Released July 10

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  • Ezra Furman – ‘Perpetual Motion People’: Chicago’s Ezra Furman has always beat to the sound of his own musical drum and ‘Perpetual Motion’ is no exception. Moving from glam stomp to 50s retro-isms, expect an entirely singular record from the 28-year-old. Released July 6

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  • The Strypes – ‘Little Victories’: On their 2013 debut ‘Snapshot’, Irish teens The Strypes decided, for reasons unknown, to use their talents to cover songs from 50 years ago and become the world’s best pubescent wedding band. Now the band have raided Miles Kane’s wardrobe and written their own tunes. Released July 24

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  • Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge – ‘Twelve Reasons To Die Pt II’: The first taste of ‘Twelve Reasons To Die Pt II’ – the Raekwon’-featuring ‘Let The Record Spin’ – gave an exciting insight into the follow up to 2013’s ‘Twelve Reasons To Die’ and the rest of the record is sure to be just as packed with excitement-worthy collaborations. Released July 10

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  • Albert Hammond Jr – ‘Momentary Masters’: Albert may currently be in Strokes mode following the band’s Hyde Park headline show, but soon AHJ will be going it alone again with his third solo LP. It’s been a long time since 2008’s ‘Como Te Llama?’ but here’s betting the guitar maestro has lost none of his sparkle. Bonus points for naming the closing track ‘Sideboob’. Released July 31

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  • Frankie & the Heartstrings – ‘Decency’: Recruiting The Futurehead’s Ross Millard into the fold, Sunderland boys Frankie & the Heartstrings’ third LP looks set to be the most North Easterly thing since someone invented the parmo. Hookworms’ main man MJ also takes over on production duties. Released July 10

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  • Fraser A Gorman – ‘Slow Gum’: Bringing in influences from Ryan Adams to Bob Dylan, Melbourne’s Fraser A Gorman gives an updated take on folky Americana on his full-length debut. Pal Courtney Barnett’s a fan – see whether you agree with the Aussies. Released July 6

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    Added: 15 Jun 2015