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JPNSGRLS – ‘Divorce’ Review

Album number two sees Vancouver’s JPNSGRLS continue their assault on vowels and musical fads. The four-piece – packing angst-ridden, power-chord-heavy rock played at breakneck speed – couldn’t be accused of…

Shura – ‘Nothing’s Real’ Review

A month ago, Alexandra Denton released one of the most memorable music videos of 2016 for her Class A earworm ‘What’s It Gonna Be?’ The unabashedly cheesy clip is a…

Show Me The Body – ‘Body War’ Review

There’s an undiluted confidence around Show Me The Body. The New York three-piece last appeared in NME in February, when they were pictured burning a Union Jack on the eve…

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Michael Kiwanuka – ‘Love & Hate’ Review

In 2012, Michael Kiwanuka left [a]Frank Ocean[/a] and [a]Skrillex[/a] in his wake to win the BBC’s ‘Sound Of’ poll. But since then, the north Londoner has been somewhat less prominent…

Clams Casino – ’32 Levels’ Review

Few producers have had as big an impact on hip-hop as Clams Casino. His early 2010 productions for Lil B and A$AP Rocky earned him instant fame as the figurehead…

Aphex Twin – ‘Cheetah’ Review

It’s either feast or famine in Aphexland. You’ll not hear a peep out of the Irish-born electronica maestro for a decade. Then all of a sudden he’s back, flying a…

The Julie Ruin – ‘Hit Reset’ Review

Hitting the reset button on your life is an appealing concept. How many times have you wanted to wipe out all the rubbish and start anew – refreshed, renewed and…

Biffy Clyro – ‘Ellipsis’ Review

How do you keep a marriage exciting after 20 years? That’s the challenge facing Biffy Clyro as they enter their third decade as a band and join the ranks of…

The Avalanches – ‘Wildflower’ Review

In a way, it’s not The Avalanches’ fault that they couldn’t live up to 16 years of myth-making. Musical zeitgeist is fleeting and their 2000 debut ‘Since I Left You’…

Blink-182 – ‘California’ Review

It’s been 21 years since Blink-182 released their debut album ‘Cheshire Cat’. Now, six albums later and well into their forties, Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker are starting over without…

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Metronomy – ‘Summer 08’ Review

Metronomy do a strong line in eccentricity. Frontman and mastermind Joe Mount once wrote an album, 2008’s ‘Nights Out’, about having a bad time in his home town of Totnes…

Bat For Lashes – ‘The Bride’ Review

Think ‘doomed bride’ and your mind might settle on Greek mythology’s Ariadne: Theseus dumped her on an uninhabited island, sailed away and left her to the unsolicited come-ons of the…