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Aphex Twin - 'Syro'

Aphex Twin - 'Syro'

We’ve binned 13 calendars since the last Aphex Twin album, 2001’s ‘Drukqs’, which raises an obvious question: why now? Forty-three years old and certainly a millionaire several times over, Cornish rave goblin Richard D James has nothing to...

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9/10

Twin Peaks - 'Wild Onion'

Twin Peaks - 'Wild Onion'

Twin Peaks are more than just garage-rock party starters. The Chicago band's gnarly 2013 debut ‘Sunken’ mixed thrashers like ‘Stand In The Sand’ with ‘Irene’, a slower, moodier cut that proved it wasn’t always a race to the finish....

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9/10

My Brightest Diamond - 'This Is My Hand'

My Brightest Diamond - 'This Is My Hand'

Alongside her genre-shifting operatic My Brightest Diamond project, Arkansas musician Shara Worden has worked with Sufjan Stevens, The National and Bon Iver. 'This is My Hand', the fifth MBD album, begins with the orchestral sass of...

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NME RATING

9/10

Gnarwolves - 'Gnarwolves'

Gnarwolves - 'Gnarwolves'

Their music has been blaring from manky UK skateparks for the past couple of years, and now it's time for Gnarwolves to properly introduce themselves. This ratty debut speaks of nights spent wasted in parked cars, but alongside the breakneck power...

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NME RATING

7/10

Octave Minds - 'Octave Minds'

Octave Minds - 'Octave Minds'

In Octave Minds, his collaboration with German producer Boys Noize, Chilly Gonzales sounds more comfortable than ever in the same harmony-arranging role he did on Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories'. There’s not a smidgen of his hokey rap-style...

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NME RATING

7/10

Ryan Adams - 'Ryan Adams'

Ryan Adams - 'Ryan Adams'

At a 2002 concert, Ryan Adams famously (and understandably) reacted angrily upon hearing a request for ‘Summer Of ’69’. With this 14th album, he's asking for trouble – much of it sounds like something his Canadian near-namesake could have...

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NME RATING

8/10

Alt-J - 'This Is All Yours'

Alt-J - 'This Is All Yours'

Alt-J were born of the internet age; they also encapsulated it. Creeping out of their Leeds University accommodation in 2007 with their un-Googleable symbol name, they sang of maths and new dimensions. By initially obscuring their faces in every...

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NME RATING

8/10

U2 - 'Songs Of Innocence'

U2 - 'Songs Of Innocence'

U2's last album, 2009's 'No Line On The Horizon' might have been a flawed midlife crisis of a record but, like an actual midlife crisis, it contained some brilliantly fun flashes. Its follow-up, unfortunately, has only a handful of standouts....

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NME RATING

4/10

Hiss Golden Messenger - 'Lateness Of Dancers'

Hiss Golden Messenger - 'Lateness Of Dancers'

Hiss Golden Messenger’s MC Taylor has often used his woody caw to sing of how unscrupulous believers use religious salvation as a get-out clause for their worst behaviour. The implication is that the North Carolina songwriter may also have been...

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NME RATING

9/10

Love Inks - 'Exi'

Love Inks - 'Exi'

Minimalist Texas trio Love Inks’ sleepy, sultry night-time music is rarely anything less than beguiling. The songs on this, their third album, come on like The xx ditching introversion for exorcism, as singer Sherry LeBlanc lays tales of longing...

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NME RATING

6/10

 
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