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Muse - 'Drones'

Muse - 'Drones'

Skimming through the rock stratosphere carrying a riff payload capable of levelling entire districts, Muse drift further off radar. Down on earth, the stage is set for the uprising they foresaw back on 2009’s ‘The Resistance’ – protest...

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NME RATING

7/10

Sharon Van Etten - 'I Don't Want To Let You Down' EP

Sharon Van Etten - 'I Don't Want To Let You...

On last year’s fourth album ‘Are We There’, Sharon Van Etten documented the end of a decade-long relationship with devastating candour. A year on, this new EP shows her wounds are still healing. “It’s not my fault, it’s just my flaw,...

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NME RATING

8/10

Algiers - 'Algiers'

Algiers - 'Algiers'

The debut album by Algiers, who formed in Atlanta and currently reside in London and New York, exemplifies the difference between ‘influenced by’ and ‘sounds like’. The trio’s lionising of free jazz (Peter Brötzmann), no wave (DNA) and...

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NME RATING

7/10

5 Great Albums That May Have Passed You By This Week

5 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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Nozinja - 'Nozinja Lodge'

Nozinja - 'Nozinja Lodge'

New Warp signing Nozinja (real name Richard Mthethwa) is a pioneer of Shangaan electro, a South African musical style that originated in his home province of Limpopo and is influenced by Kwaito house and the Africa-meets-Latin throb of Tsonga...

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NME RATING

8/10

Soak - 'Before We Forgot How To Dream'

Soak - 'Before We Forgot How To Dream'

Songwriters have long chronicled life on the teen frontlines, from Bob Dylan and Neil Young to Jamie T and Laura Marling. This accomplished and eloquent debut from Northern Irish 18-year-old Bridie Monds-Watson, aka Soak, stakes her claim to be...

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NME RATING

8/10

Florence + The Machine - 'How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful' Review

Florence + The Machine - 'How Big, How Blue,...

It’s fair to say the run-up to the release of Florence + The Machine’s third album hasn’t gone to plan. After three low-key dates in London and San Francisco during March and April, Florence Welch’s first big gig back was at the daddy of...

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NME RATING

8/10

Girlpool - 'Before The World Was Big'

Girlpool - 'Before The World Was Big'

Girlpool have a message for anyone who thinks there’s something unappealing about two LA girls lamenting their teenage feelings in earsplitting unison: up yours. Guitarist Cleo Tucker, 18, and bassist Harmony Tividad, 19, haven’t made an...

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NME RATING

8/10

7 Great Albums That May Have Passed You By This Week

7 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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Snoop Dogg - 'Bush'

Snoop Dogg - 'Bush'

In 1993, when his debut album, ‘Doggystyle’, came out and he was simultaneously caught up in a murder case, Snoop Dogg was about the most-feared rapper on earth. No longer. Over time, he’s gone through countless reinventions – pimp figure,...

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NME RATING

7/10

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