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Aphex Twin - ‘Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt 2’

Aphex Twin - ‘Computer Controlled Acoustic...

Among plentiful praise, one of the main criticisms hurled at Aphex Twin’s ‘Syro’ when it arrived last year was that it sounded a bit straightforward, a bit safe. As if Richard D James – lest we forget, a man who once DJed using not vinyl,...

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6/10

Björk - Vulnicura

Björk - Vulnicura

Björk’s last album, 2011’s ‘Biophilia’, was a multimedia project examining the connections between nature, sound and technology – or “the universe”, as she succinctly put it. It became known as an “app” album and it wasn’t a...

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NME RATING

8/10

Joey Bada$$ - 'B4.DA.$$'

Joey Bada$$ - 'B4.DA.$$'

You could call Joey Bada$$ a victim of his own tardiness. Having broken out of the New York mixtape underground with fizzing breakout single ‘Survival Tactics’ three years ago, had 'B4.DA.$$' been released in mid-2014 as planned, this delayed...

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NME RATING

6/10

All We Are - 'All We Are'

All We Are - 'All We Are'

In May 2013, All We Are described their single ‘Utmost Good’, accurately, as “The Bee Gees on diazepam”. Nearly two years later, bassist Guro Gikling is touting the Liverpool trio’s debut album as “psychedelic boogie”. The 11 tracks...

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NME RATING

7/10

Pond - 'Man It Feels Like Space Again'

Pond - 'Man It Feels Like Space Again'

“The ultimate rock’n’roll cliché” – that’s how Nick Allbrook described Pond in an interview with a Tame Impala fanzine in 2012. The wild-eyed and loose-limbed frontman, who quit as Tame’s bassist in 2013, may have been joking, but...

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NME RATING

8/10

Mark Ronson - 'Uptown Special'

Mark Ronson - 'Uptown Special'

It’s easy to be suspicious of Mark Ronson, a man with enough A-list connections to merit his own Six Degrees Of… drinking game. When it comes to this pop music lark, however, it’s getting harder to dismiss him. We live in a retro-maniacal...

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NME RATING

7/10

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 seven of the...

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Enter Shikari - 'The Mindsweep'

Enter Shikari - 'The Mindsweep'

Over the course of 12 years and three albums, Enter Shikari have spewed heavily politicised, in-your-face rhetoric over an uncompromising blend of post-hardcore, metal and trance. It’s served them well. The St Albans four-piece’s fiery...

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NME RATING

7/10

Marilyn Manson - 'The Pale Emperor'

Marilyn Manson - 'The Pale Emperor'

Once the sultan of shock, the Marilyn Manson that greets us in 2015 cuts a different figure. Late last year, the 45-year-old Brian Warner was forced to clarify that a leaked video by filmmaker Eli Roth – which apparently depicted Lana Del Rey as...

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NME RATING

6/10

Viet Cong - 'Viet Cong'

Viet Cong - 'Viet Cong'

At first, Viet Cong's debut appears to be coming from a dark place. “If we're lucky we'll get old and die” sings bassist Matt Flegel on 'Pointless Experience', but context is important: three years after his former Women bandmate Christopher...

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NME RATING

8/10

 
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