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Kesha – ‘Rainbow’ Review

Three years ago Kesha Rose Sebert found herself at the centre of one the biggest legal battles in recent pop history. The Californian singer-songwriter alleged that Dr Luke, the producer…

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Vic Mensa – ‘The Autobiography’ Review

In the world of hip-hop, bragging is out and emotion is in. Vulnerability is the order of the day. Jay Z, a man who’s spent the last 20 years boasting…

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Lana Del Rey – ‘Lust For Life’ Review

Lana Del Rey is many things to many people, not least herself. She is at once the doomed starlet, a Trump-hexing love witch, a ‘gangster Nancy Sinatra’ and, most importantly,…

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Tyler, The Creator – ‘Scum Fuck Flower Boy’ Review

In terms of self-fulfilling album titles, Tyler, The Creator’s ‘Scum Fuckk Flower Boy’ ticks every box. The former Odd Future pioneer’s signature style can be split in half. One is…

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Arcade Fire – ‘Everything Now’ Review

Arcade Fire have spent a career making a virtue of their own pomposity. Since 2004 debut ‘Funeral’, they’ve been unafraid to wrestle with big ideas that most bands wouldn’t touch…

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Childhood – ‘Universal High’ Review

Reinventions are the flavour of 2017. Calvin Harris has ditched EDM for disco, Noel Fielding swapped goth attire for nice jumpers and cakes on GBBO, and Jeremy Corbyn proved to…

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Sheer Mag – ‘Need To Feel Your Love’ Review

Sometimes, good rock'n'roll records are all about feel, and Philadelphia five-piece Sheer Mag's debut is a case in point. The first hint comes from its cover, an aeroplane heading through…

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Declan McKenna – ‘What Do You Think About The New Car?’ Review

Winning the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition at 15, Declan McKenna was swiftly hyped as a musical prodigy. His debut single ‘Brazil’ helped – it’s a piece of jaunty, jangly indie-pop…

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Dizzee Rascal – ‘Raskit’ Review

Few rappers embody grime’s complex relationship with the mainstream as fully as Dizzee Rascal. His acclaimed debut album ‘Boy In Da Corner’ charted the poverty and paranoia of his adolescence…

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Coldplay – ‘Kaleidoscope EP’ Review

In the past year, the biggest bands in the world have embraced the future by lurching in a new direction, for better or worse. Muse went gung-ho Depeche Mode with…

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Mura Masa – ‘Mura Masa’ Review

Mura Masa is more like Calvin Harris than he’d prefer to admit. Speaking to NME earlier this summer, the 21-year-old producer – real name Alex Crossan – refuted the idea…

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Haim – ‘Something to Tell You’ Review

LA trio Haim’s head-turning 2013 debut ‘Days Are Gone’ took them to unexpected places: Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage, a Calvin Harris EDM banger, a collaboration with rapper A$AP Ferg, the same…

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