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Various Artists - 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 OST'

Various Artists - 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay...

At the beginning of this month, Ella Yelich-O'Connor, the girl from an Auckland suburb who is known to millions as Lorde, celebrated her 18th birthday. While others before her have topped the charts before they could legally buy a round, Lorde is...

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NME RATING

8/10

iamamiwhoami - 'Blue'

iamamiwhoami - 'Blue'

‘Blue’, the third full length from Jonna Lee’s electronic iamamiwhoami project, is an ‘audiovisual album’, the songs accompanied by short films on YouTube, where the singer has gained 30 million hits. But ‘Blue’’s 10 tracks don’t...

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NME RATING

7/10

Febueder - 'Lilac Lane' EP

Febueder - 'Lilac Lane' EP

Berkshire trio Febueder have described themselves as “limited” by their core of drums, bass and guitar. However, there’s no restraint evident on this debut EP for Manchester label Melodic, however, its five tracks marked by leftfield...

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NME RATING

8/10

The Saints - 'King Of The Sun/King Of The Midnight Sun'

The Saints - 'King Of The Sun/King Of The...

In September 1976, The Saints’ garage punk classic ‘(I’m) Stranded’ was NME ’s Single Of The week. Time has dulled some of the Brisbane punk legends’ snarl but none of their soul, and ‘King Of The Sun’ - accompanied by a second...

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NME RATING

7/10

Fryars - 'Power'

Fryars - 'Power'

Benjamin Garrett’s second album as Fryars arrives five years after his debut 'Dark Young Hearts' and two years after excitement-building singles 'Love So Cold' and 'In My Arms'. In a recent NME interview, Garrett blamed the long and arduous...

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NME RATING

7/10

The Brian Jonestown Massacre - '+-' EP

The Brian Jonestown Massacre - '+-' EP

For a band so deeply rooted in the joint-fugged 1960s, Brian Jonestown Massacre’s latest EP follows rather a modern concept. Following their latest album, May’s ‘Revelation’, this shotgun release is made up of four tracks recorded this...

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NME RATING

8/10

Paul Smith And Peter Brewis - 'Frozen By Sight'

Paul Smith And Peter Brewis - 'Frozen By Sight'

Maximo Park frontman Paul Smith can’t be interested in reviving his mid-‘00s level of indie-disco fame. If he was, he wouldn’t be teaming up with prog-pop composer Peter Brewis from Field Music. ‘Frozen By Sight’ is an anthology of...

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NME RATING

8/10

Meatbodies - 'Meatbodies'

Meatbodies - 'Meatbodies'

Meatbodies is the more-or-less solo project of LA musician Chad Ubovich. Time spent honing his craft in the background for a couple of similar one-man shows means there’s an audible swagger and strut to Meatbodies’ dirty garage. Having played...

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NME RATING

7/10

Shy Nature - 'Birthday Club' EP

Shy Nature - 'Birthday Club' EP

Just Off Pop, the name of London quartet Shy Nature’s record label, serves as an accurate description of their latest EP. Each of its four songs twist pop structures into intriguing directions. The title track rides an upbeat melody, but Shy...

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NME RATING

7/10

TV On The Radio - 'Seeds'

TV On The Radio - 'Seeds'

The past three years have been tough for New York art-rock experimentalists TV On The Radio. In 2011, they lost their bassist Gerard Smith to lung cancer nine days after the release of their fourth album ‘Nine Types Of Light’, a record whose...

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NME RATING

8/10

 
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