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Grumbling Fur – ‘Preternaturals’

Billed as their "pop" record, Daniel O'Sullivan and Alexander Tucker's third album launches straight into 30 seconds of creaking doors and spooky bells in a fragment called 'Neil Megson Fanclub'.…

Laura Mvula – ‘With Metropole Orkest’

Re-recording your debut album with a 52-piece orchestra is pretty audacious. But then, Laura Mvula – who introduced psychedelic jazz and gospel to R&B on last year's ‘Sing To The…

Benjamin Booker – ‘Benjamin Booker’

You could take new Rough Trade charge Benjamin Booker as an open book: bourbon-drenched vocals, thrift-store chic and a New Orleans base on the banks of the Mississippi. His debut…

Childhood – ‘Lacuna’

Though they're far from sonically similar, South London has consistently produced some of the UK’s most exciting new artists over the last couple of years. Whether in the hedonistic gang…

FKA Twigs – ‘LP1’

Signed to forward-thinking London imprint Young Turks and the subject of excited industry whispers after videos began surfacing online two years ago, FKA Twigs' slippery R&B has been hailed as…

Hyde & Beast – ‘Keep Moving’

Better shelve all those numbskull drummer jokes. For their second album together, stickmen Dave Hyde and Neil Bassett (of Futureheads and Golden Virgins respectively) have crafted a set of rootsy…

Charlie Simpson – ‘Long Road Home’

After previous stints as a boyband pin-up in Busted and a tormented frontman of power-emo troupe Fightstar, Charlie Simpson has now reinvented himself as a country-folk troubadour. This is his…

Naomi Punk – ‘Television Man’

'Television Man' is Olympia, Washington noise trio Naomi Punk's second album for New York indie Captured Tracks. That its second track is called 'Song Factory' is crazy - this is…

Luluc – ‘Passerby’

Six years on from their modest debut 'Dear Hamlyn', Melbourne duo Luluc return with 10 tracks brimful of folky acoustic guitars. Their main asset is Zoe Randell's gentle vocal -…

Nai Harvest/Playlounge – ‘Flower’ EP

Hailing from Sheffield and London respectively, and with one album each to their name, Nai Harvest and Playlounge are energetic, fast-rising indie/punk duos. They've toured the UK together, and are…

Craft Spells – ‘Nausea’

Justin Paul Vallesteros' second album under his Craft Spells moniker dumps the bedroom electronica of 2011 debut 'Idle Labor' for a serene set of pleasing pop numbers featuring gentle acoustic…

Angus & Julia Stone – ‘Angus & Julia Stone’

Australian brother-and-sister duo Angus and Julia Stone have had Top 10 albums in their home country, but in 2010 they decided to part ways and release a couple of solo…