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Best Coast - 'California Nights'

Best Coast - 'California Nights'

Five years on from ‘Crazy For You’, their weed- and reverb-drenched surf-punk opus, Best Coast have come of age. The dreamy, sun-streaked yearning remains, but the humour that laced Bethany Cosentino’s bratty ennui has gone. ‘California...

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NME RATING

7/10

Palma Violets - 'Danger In The Club'

Palma Violets - 'Danger In The Club'

Back at the beginning of last year, when Palma Violets let slip that they’d scrapped two weeks’ worth of recording for their second record, bassist Chilli Jesson cited a peculiar logic for the decision. “We made too big a leap,” he told...

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NME RATING

8/10

6 Great Albums That May Have Passed You By This Week

6 Great Albums That May Have Passed You By This...

You know about the big releases each week, but what about those smaller albums which may have passed underneath your radar. Don't miss out on the smaller, lesser-known gems which might become some of your favourites. We've rounded up six of the...

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Speedy Ortiz - 'Foil Deer'

Speedy Ortiz - 'Foil Deer'

“You never knew me, man, not even a fraction”, seethes Sadie Dupuis, atop a knot of corkscrewing guitars on ‘Raise The Skates’, the second track on Speedy Ortiz’ third album. It’s a sentiment never far from the Massachusetts...

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NME RATING

9/10

Mikal Cronin - 'MCIII'

Mikal Cronin - 'MCIII'

After touring as Ty Segall’s sometime bassist, slacker-indie gent Mikal Cronin shot to attention with fantastic melodic alt-pop second album ‘MCII’ in 2013. His third record is gentler – horns, elegant pianos and strings circle charging...

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NME RATING

8/10

Mumford & Sons: 'Wilder Mind' - Review

Mumford & Sons: 'Wilder Mind' - Review

Much has already been made of Mumford & Sons’ abandonment of their beloved banjos for album number three. Yet anyone who’s seen the quartet live - which, when you consider their knackering touring schedule and commitment to playing far flung...

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NME RATING

8/10

Death Grips - 'Jenny Death'

Death Grips - 'Jenny Death'

Trying to figure out Death Grips’ agenda is a thankless task. Since announcing their split with a note on a paper napkin last summer, they’ve been more active than a vat of mouldy yoghurt. As well as recording ‘Jenny Death’, which makes up...

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NME RATING

8/10

Tyler, The Creator - 'Cherry Bomb'

Tyler, The Creator - 'Cherry Bomb'

“I’m rapping about diamonds and cars and money now”, mutters Tyler, The Creator on ‘Keep Da O’s’. “What the fuck has gotten into me, man?” Five years in, it’s probably about time that Los Angeles enfants terrible Odd Future...

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NME RATING

8/10

Raekwon - 'Fly International Luxurious Art'

Raekwon - 'Fly International Luxurious Art'

Raekwon's aviation-themed sixth solo outing begins with a wash of ambient airport sounds: roaring jet engines, husky-voiced lady passport officials and paparazzi shutterbugs snapping the Wu-Tang master at arrivals. The message is unsubtle: after...

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NME RATING

8/10

Alabama Shakes - 'Sound & Color'

Alabama Shakes - 'Sound & Color'

One of the biggest hurdles facing Alabama Shakes on ‘Sound & Color’ is that you’ll never be able to hear Brittany Howard’s voice for the first time again. The novelty of that viscous, weather-beaten drawl coming from such an unlikely...

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NME RATING

8/10

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