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Bloc Party – ‘Hymns’ Review

Last November, Bloc Party singer Kele Okereke laid the blame for the recent departure of original members Gordon Moakes and Matt Tong on “someone doing cocaine and someone not being…

Sunflower Bean – ‘Human Ceremony’ Review

On first look at Sunflower Bean, you might think Bob Dylan had dropped in on Debbie Harry and formed a band with Frank Zappa. As awesome as that sounds, this…

Suede – ‘Night Thoughts’ Review

Suedes' 2013 comeback album 'Bloodsports' triumphed because it was essentially designed as an Idiot's Guide To Suede. Released 10 years after their initial split, it removed the dirt from their…

Foxes – ‘All I Need’ Review

The days when Britain’s synthpop royalty and androgynous rock-gods conquered the earth is ancient-pop history. Sure we’ve got our Adeles and our Sheerens, but their particular craft is ‘pop’ ,…

Savages – ‘Adore Life’ Review

On their 2013 debut, Savages sought to cut through the noise and confusion of the modern world by demanding, quite literally, that you shut up and listen. ‘Silence Yourself’ had…

Fat White Family – ‘Songs For Our Mothers’ Review

The Fat White Family like to get f***** up and fight, and they've been doing it since they formed in south London pub-cum-squat The Queens Head in 2012. Past misdemeanours…

Mystery Jets – ‘Curve Of The Earth’ Review

Despite breaking through a decade ago alongside fellow Thamesbeat trailblazers Jamie T and Larrikin Love, Mystery Jets have actually been a band for 20 years. It all started when a…

Daughter – ‘Not To Disappear’ Review

On their 2013 debut 'If You Leave', London trio Daughter ushered us into their fragile but beautiful world - one where life's woes were expressed through guitar lines like Arctic…

Wall – ‘Wall EP’ Review

In the '80s, New York was the heart of the post-punk and no wave universe, brimming with bands from the acclaimed (Talking Heads, Suicide) to the cult heroes (Rosa Yemen,…

Hinds – ‘Leave Me Alone’

Spanish indiepoppers Hinds have already found a larger audience for their music than would seem likely from its boisterous, lo-fi clatter. Only operating as a full band since 2014, last…

Pusha T – ‘Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude’

The number of rappers who've been able to maintain a critical and commercial buzz beyond one hyped album is surprisingly titchy. In October 2013, US hipster-hop mag Complex put together…

Cass McCombs – ‘A Folk Set Apart: B-sides, Rarities & Space Junk, ETC’

Cass McCombs released ‘I Cannot Lie’ on seven-inch vinyl in 2003; on the sleeve was a close-up photograph of a bare foot stood on dusty ground. The big toenail was…