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Lil Xan – ‘Total Xanarchy’ Review

When not racking up millions upon millions of YouTube or Soundcloud plays before most in the mainstream has even heard of them, one thing you can always count on new…

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Manic Street Preachers – ‘Resistance Is Futile’ Review

A Franz von Stillfried-Ratenicz photograph called ‘Samurai Warrior 1881’ adorns the sleeve of the Manics’ 13th album, ‘Resistance Is Futile’. It’s a snapshot of one of the very last warriors…

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Tom Misch – ‘Geography’ Review

“You should come south of the river – this is where it all starts.” So sings Dulwich guitar wizard Tom Misch on his electro-swing jam ‘South of the River’, and…

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Cardi B – ‘Invasion Of Privacy’ Review

From stripper to chart-topper via reality TV stardom, Cardi B's story is enthralling and she knows it. "This some real-life fairytale Binderella shit," she informs us on 'Best Life'. It…

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Kali Uchis – ‘Isolation’ Review

Here, in no particular order, is a selection of artists that are on Kali Uchis’ stacked debut album, ‘Isolation’. Damon Albarn of Blur fame, Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, Odd Future…

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Kylie Minogue – ‘Golden’ Review

Within the past year, Nashville seems to have put out a bat-signal for popstars of the ‘00s. Country-pop has come a-calling for them all: it made Justin Timberlake embrace the…

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Goat Girl – ‘Goat Girl’ Review

Wonky, weird and resolutely DIY, South London’s Goat Girl make the kind of ragged, jagged music that’s at once spookily ominous and utterly exhilarating. The four piece’s debut album is…

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Mastersystem – ‘Dance Music’ Review

Supergroups are usually awful, aren't they? They're often a conflation of muso burkes or a constellation of rock lovvies caught in the magnetic pull of their own egos. How refreshing…

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The Aces – ‘When My Heart Felt Volcanic’ Review

The Aces’ ‘Fake Nice’ could be one of the best pop songs of the year. With drum lines that demand you clap along, and a chorus that, if your life…

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra – ‘Sex & Food’ Review

Ever since they burst on the scene with blog-favourite ‘Ffunny FFriends’, Unknown Mortal Orchestra have wilfully proved themselves ready to wrong-foot all of us at each turn. Led by New…

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Kate Nash – ‘Yesterday Was Forever’ review

"I still exist u twat,” Kate Nash wrote in a scathing but moving response to a Buzzfeed article last year, claiming that her only place was in “the memory of millennials". Right on.…

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The Weeknd – ‘My Dear Melancholy,’ EP Review

It’s been a long time since The Weeknd was any kind of mystery. When three acclaimed mixtapes came out under that name back in 2011, we knew three things about…

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