ALBUMS REVIEWS

AC/DC - 'Rock Or Bust'

AC/DC - 'Rock Or Bust'

‘Rock Or Bust’ was made in tragic circumstances, as founding AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young (not featured here) succumbed to early-onset dementia. It is not, it may or may not surprise you, a piano-lead lament to the ultimate horror of losing...

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NME RATING

7/10

Fugazi - 'First Demo'

Fugazi - 'First Demo'

For a certain generation of punk rock fan, Fugazi weren’t so much a band as a belief system. The Washington DC band's lean, righteous rocking was bound inextricably to their ethical stance, which preached social justice, sobriety and...

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NME RATING

7/10

Gala Drop - 'II'

Gala Drop - 'II'

The Balearic Islands meet Detroit on Gala Drop's first album in six years, after a chance meeting in Lisbon between the Portuguese collective and Motor City expat Jerrald James, aka Jerry The Cat. Primarily a percussionist, the some-time...

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NME RATING

8/10

Kelis - 'Live In London'

Kelis - 'Live In London'

Released in April, ‘Food’ – Kelis’ full-band, indie-soul album – was never going to deliver a smash like 2003’s ‘Milkshake’, but it was a wonderful record, expertly produced by TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek and ripe for playing...

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NME RATING

5/10

Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - 'Gone Girl' OST

Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - 'Gone Girl' OST

This is Reznor’s third soundtrack for director David Fincher, and 'Gone Girl''s narrative is matched perfectly by the Nine Inch Nails man and regular collaborator Atticus Ross. The seemingly idyllic life of a married couple (played by Rosamund...

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NME RATING

8/10

Sleaford Mods - 'Tiswas' EP

Sleaford Mods - 'Tiswas' EP

Despite being the mouthpiece for one of the most talked-about British acts of 2014, Sleaford Mods frontman Jason Williamson only packed in his day job last month. For the foreseeable future, then, ‘Tiswas’ will be the Nottingham duo’s last...

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NME RATING

8/10

Kid Wave - 'Gloom' EP

Kid Wave - 'Gloom' EP

Londoners Kid Wave might be one of Heavenly's latest acquisitions but they're less inclined towards mind-altering swathes of psychedelic noise than the majority of the label's roster (see: Toy, Temples, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard). There are...

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NME RATING

7/10

Crookers - 'Sixteen Chapel'

Crookers - 'Sixteen Chapel'

In 2008, Italian duo Francesco ‘Phra’ Barbaglia and Andrea ‘Bot’ Fratangelo were among the hottest names in dance music thanks to rowdy house bangers such as ‘Knobbers’ and their remix of ‘Day ’N’ Nite’ by Cleveland rapper Kid...

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NME RATING

6/10

Ekkah - 'Last Chance To Dance'

Ekkah - 'Last Chance To Dance'

The debut EP from Birmingham newcomers Ekkah – comprising and named after two mates called Rebecca and Rebekah – is packed with sleek rhythms and smooth R&B grooves. In London, all-girl trio Juce are doing a similar thing, but Ekkah’s songs...

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NME RATING

7/10

September Girls - 'Veneer' EP

September Girls - 'Veneer' EP

Where September Girls' January debut earmarked them as the latest addition to the Dum Dum Girls/Vivian Girls school of Phil Spector worship, 'Veneer' finds the Irish quintet throwing off the ’60s girl group coyness in favour of something...

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NME RATING

8/10

 
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