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Frankie & The Heartstrings - 'Decency'

Frankie & The Heartstrings - 'Decency'

Frankie & The Heartstrings have become a Sunderland supergroup of sorts, with The Futureheads’ Ross Millard joining their ranks alongside Hookworms' MJ on production duties. This reshuffle – in 'Decency's best moments - adds bite to the band's...

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7/10

Ghostface Killah and Adrian Younge - 'Twelve Reasons To Die II'

Ghostface Killah and Adrian Younge - 'Twelve...

This sequel to the Wu-Tanger's 2013 concept album reunites him with producer-composer Adrian Younge. As well as continuing the labyrinthine plot from the first record - the backstory, in which the supernatural intersects with 1960s Italian...

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NME RATING

8/10

Years & Years - 'Communion'

Years & Years - 'Communion'

Years & Years won the BBC Sound Of 2015 poll in January. Past winners include Sam Smith (the only artist to shift a million LPs in both the UK and US last year) and Adele (whose album ‘21’ is the decade’s highest selling so far). So it seems...

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NME RATING

4/10

Tame Impala - 'Currents'

Tame Impala - 'Currents'

You’ve probably heard the story about how the human body replaces all its cells over a period of about seven years. It’s pretty much bullshit, naturally, but cast your mind back to what you were doing seven years ago: was that really you? Now...

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NME RATING

8/10

Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment - Surf

Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment - Surf

Initially thought to be the follow-up to Chance The Rapper’s 2013 second album/mixtape, ‘Acid Rap’, ‘Surf’ has come out as something unexpected. Its first offering – ‘Sunday Candy’, released last November – was billed to Donnie...

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NME RATING

8/10

9 Great Albums That May Have Passed You By This Week

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

You know about the big releases each week, but what about the smaller albums which may have passed underneath your radar? We've rounded up nine of the best new album releases from this week, from Ocar's lo-fi pop to the glitchy electronica of Son...

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Asian Dub Foundation - 'More Signal More Noise'

Asian Dub Foundation - 'More Signal More Noise'

As righteous as Asian Dub Foundation’s message was in their late-‘90s heyday, this eighth studio full-length is actually a reshuffled version of a 2013 album which only came out in Japan. Diminished status aside, the racism and imperialism the...

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NME RATING

6/10

Sleaford Mods - 'Key Markets'

Sleaford Mods - 'Key Markets'

In between the recording of the third Sleaford Mods album and its release, two of its highest-profile lyrical targets have been consigned to effective political oblivion. “Miliband got hit with the ugly stick, not that it matters / The chirping...

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NME RATING

8/10

Ezra Furman - 'Perpetual Motion People'

Ezra Furman - 'Perpetual Motion People'

The Pied Piper of restless outcasts everywhere, Chicago’s Ezra Furman – the sexual, religious and musical floating voter pictured in drag on the cover of ‘Perpetual Motion People’ – has made this third solo album specifically for fellow...

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NME RATING

8/10

Miguel - 'Wildheart'

Miguel - 'Wildheart'

Much of the appeal of Miguel’s 2012 breakthrough ‘Kaleidoscope Dream’ lay in the way the Los Angeles singer balanced standard-issue R&B lust with psychedelia. ‘Wildheart’ ditches such whimsy in favour of something more rampant. ‘The...

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NME RATING

8/10

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