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Zara Larsson – ‘So Good’ Review

Zara Larsson matters because she’s a new pop star with an exciting voice, both literally and figuratively. When she sings, the 19-year-old Swede sounds youthful but not too pure –…

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Circa Waves – ‘Different Creatures’ Review

Anyone who heard Circa Waves’ 2015 debut album ‘Young Chasers’ probably wouldn’t expect them to return with an awful lot to say about the world’s big issues. It was perfectly…

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Methyl Ethel – ‘Everything Is Forgotten’ Review

Oh look, a psychedelic rock band from Perth who began life as their frontman’s home recording project before being fleshed out into a live outfit and making waves on the…

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Laura Marling – ‘Semper Femina’ review

Six years ago, aged 21, Laura Marling had the smarty-pants Latin title of this album tattooed on her leg. By itself, “semper femina” means “always woman”, yet in its original context…

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Ed Sheeran – ‘÷’ Review

Some numbers about your friend and mine, Ed Sheeran. By the time he signed a record deal at the age of 19, the Suffolk singer had already self-released three albums and…

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Temples – ‘Volcano’ Review

Temples’ 2014 debut ‘Sun Structures’ arrived with sky in its hair and the endorsements of Noel Gallagher and Johnny Marr ringing in its ears, putting the Kettering quartet at the…

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Sleaford Mods – ‘English Tapas’ Review

Sleaford Mods have made a name for themselves as the stripped-back sound of austerity Britain. Over minimal laptop beats courtesy of Andrew Fearn, lead agitator Jason Williamson has marked out…

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THEY. – ‘Nü Religion: Hyena’ Review

In the woozy wake of Drake, The Weeknd, Bryson Tiller and Post Malone’s über-laid-back R&B, you’d have thought there was simply no more room for navel-gazing, sex-fixated dudes with bachelor…

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Thundercat – ‘Drunk’ Review

Thundercat was never going to exist in the background for long. His father drummed for both The Temptations and Diana Ross, and when Stephen Bruner started on his own path…

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Stormzy – ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’ Review

On ‘Cold’, a trap-influenced track on Stormzy’s debut album, he boasts: “I just went to the park with my friends and I charted”. He’s talking about ‘WickedSkengMan Part 4’, the…

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Maggie Rogers – ‘Now That The Light Is Fading’ EP Review

Last year 22-year-old Maggie Rogers found herself in a rare position for an unsigned artist. There she was, a total unknown, in the middle of a serious swell of industry…

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Ryan Adams – ‘Prisoner’ Review

More so than his alt-country covers of zeitgeisty non- country albums or his arbitrary forays into arena rock and heavy metal wish- fulfilment, what Ryan Adams truly excels at is…

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