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Ty Segall – ‘Ty Segall’ Review

You’d forgive oddball Californian auteur Ty Segall for wanting to wipe the slate clean and start again. Over eight solo albums in as many years, plus nine collaboration records, 
he’s…

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Loyle Carner – ‘Yesterday’s Gone’ Review

Thank goodness for Loyle Carner. British hip-hop has often been dismissed as lacking the bite, punch and 
sheer skills of its American counterpart, but 22-year-old Ben Coyle-Larner has stacks of talent,…

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Foxygen – ‘Hang’ Review

Before releasing their last album, 2014’s sprawling 24-song exercise in sloppy rock theatre ‘…And Star Power’, Foxygen keyboardist Jonathan Rado hadn’t time for standard- length records. “We just didn’t want…

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Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – ‘Modern Ruin’ Review

Despite looming over the past decade of British hard rock in various different guises and consistently proving himself one f**k of a frontman, Frank Carter has remained something of a…

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Austra – ‘Future Politics’ Review

If you’re still feeling drained and deadened by the traumas of 2016, perhaps it’s time for a musical tonic. Like cold, clean water, Austra’s ‘Future Politics’ washes clear the mental…

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The Flaming Lips – ‘Oczy Mlody’ Review

Glancing at Wayne Coyne’s psych rock CV, 
you’d think he was trying to throw the interview. Previous employment? Human hamster. Massive-handed romantic. 
Nun puppeteer. Nudism advisor to Miley Cyrus. Referee…

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Wiley – ‘Godfather’ Review

Just one of the laugh-out-loud lyrics on grime kingpin Wiley’s booming, swaggering, long-awaited new album: “I’m not a lager lout / But I’m still throwing bars about”. The whole album…

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Julie Byrne – ‘Not Even Happiness’ Review

When it’s only January but you’re already convinced you’re listening to one of the finest albums of the year, then it’s highly possible you’ve heard something very special indeed. Step…

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David Bowie – ‘Blackstar’ Review

When David Bowie returned from exile with 2013’s ‘The Next Day’, an album that wistfully referenced his late-‘70s art-rock heyday, it felt like this eternal futurist was starting to look…

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Run The Jewels – ‘RTJ3’ Album Review

Hip-hop is a genre that thrives on freshness and the shock of the new: hot rappers rarely get more than three years in the spotlight, and late-career renaissances are unheard-of…

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The xx – ‘I See You’ review

Back when they formed as teenagers in the mid-00s, The xx’s early interviews and gigs were defined by their anxiousness. They admitted that they never dreamt of, nor searched for,…

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The Killers – ‘Don’t Waste Your Wishes’ Review

For most of 
the year, The Killers are the suave 
Vegas synth-indie showmen we know and love, but one whiff of a Brussels sprout and they instantly transform into the…

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