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Martyn – ‘The Air Between Words’

Like Hyperdub's Kode 9, Washington-based producer Martyn runs a label (3024) and specialises in progressive bass music. This third LP is jumpy and beat-driven and banishes the memory of the…

Klaxons – ‘Love Frequency’ review

Listening to Klaxons’ third album, a disquieting thought recurs: is this really how the former MDMA sages of New Cross Gate imagined their own near future to sound? The trio…

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Human Hair – ‘My Life As A Beast And Lowly Form’

On this debut record of ruthless sonic battery, London-via-Nottingham five-piece Human Hair come across as a violent but intelligent bunch. Opener ‘Party Size’ is built around a Pavement-style guitar riff,…

Taffy – ‘Plus+++’

As Britpop continues to celebrate its 20th anniversary, here comes a reminder of the era's long-lasting and far-reaching influence. Tokyo four-piece Taffy's 2012 debut 'Caramel Sunset' took its cues from…

Greys – ‘If Anything’

Any band that names a song after Fugazi guitarist Guy Picciotto is wearing its punk patches with pride. Greys erupted from the same Toronto noise scene as Metz, and they’ve…

How To Dress Well – ‘What Is This Heart?’

Though Tom Krell, aka HTDW, is fiercely "credible", he's also pop. The American namechecks Spiritualized, Mark Kozelek and Lou Reed, and even recorded this chilltronic third album – where else?…

Lana Del Rey – ‘Ultraviolence’

Like Morrissey, Lana Del Rey has mastered song titles that perpetuate her reputation with a knowing wink. The tracklisting of her second official album could form her manifesto: ‘Sad Girl’,…

Rhodes – ‘Morning’ EP

Hertfordshire newcomer David Rhodes seems to have all the BRIT-scooping authenticity that should see him lauded by plenty of grown up musical aficionados, and probably Jools Holland too. And to…

Nightmares On Wax – ‘NOW Is The Time’

The name was intended to echo the kind of boom-bap hip-hop which now gets called ‘classic’ but was on the chronically bleeding edge in 1989, when Nightmares On Wax began.…

The Antlers – ‘Familiars’

On the best bits of 2011’s ‘Burst Apart’, The Antlers resembled the duskier moments of Wild Beasts and Grizzly Bear. Here, on their fifth album, the Brooklyn trio sound emboldened,…

Young British Artists – ‘Change By Any Other Name’

‘A New Language’ opens this debut album from Young British Artists. It’s a driving tune, with aspirational melodies and chugging guitars. Their anthemic ambition smacks of early Chapel Club. The…

Linkin Park – ‘The Hunting Party’

Linkin Park have talked a good game in the run up to the release of their sixth album, saying that they're sick of bands copying Mumford & Sons and Arcade…