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Tourist - 'Patterns' EP

Tourist - 'Patterns' EP

Tourist (aka William Philips) is aiming squarely at the club with this EP of deep house. Weird, then, that soulful pop singer (and Prince’s newly anointed BFF) Lianne La Havas should pop up as a guest, though it turns out that her gospel-tinged...

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6/10

Led Bib - 'The People In Your Neighbourhood'

Led Bib - 'The People In Your Neighbourhood'

A jazz fusion group whose name immediately makes you think of Led Zeppelin, Led Bib couple jazz instrumentation with rock styling and play hard live, drawing as much from The Headhunters as they do Captain Beefheart. Their fifth album in 10 years...

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7/10

Iggy Azalea - 'The New Classic'

Iggy Azalea - 'The New Classic'

Iggy Azalea was born and raised in Australia. Not that you’d know it, from the faux-American accent she raps in on this much-delayed debut. Azalea grew up in Mullumbimby, a hippy town in New South Wales. Ostracised by her pop-loving peers for...

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4/10

FTSE - 'Love Un Ltd'

FTSE - 'Love Un Ltd'

Sam Manville used to be in a post-hardcore band called Blakfish. A sample Blakfish lyric: “I don’t like dance music and I don’t think I ever will!” He’s U-turned on that policy, though, and is now a lone electro producer whose moniker...

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7/10

Various Artists - 'The Space Project'

Various Artists - 'The Space Project'

In space, no-one can hear you scream, or do the dishes, or kill a fox with a penknife, because sound doesn’t travel in space. So there’s already a disingenuous premise at the heart of The Space Project. Lefse Records got hold of the...

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7/10

Tirzah - 'No Romance' EP

Tirzah - 'No Romance' EP

Tirzah follows up her 2013 EP ‘I’m Not Dancing’ with another collection of lo-fi pop oddities with beats provided by Mica Levi (Micachu & The Shapes). ‘No Romance’ is this five-tracker’s most accessible moment, a childlike take on a...

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6/10

Heterotic - 'Weird Drift'

Heterotic - 'Weird Drift'

With Heterotic, progressive Brit label Planet Mu swaps futuristic dance for an excursion into indie R&B. Fronted by Mu's own founder Mike Paradinas, the duo's deliciously ’80s soul-pop ballads are both elegantly blissful and headily atmospheric....

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5/10

Thee Oh Sees - 'Drop'

Thee Oh Sees - 'Drop'

This year at SXSW, San Francisco rock luminary John Dwyer appeared not as part of Thee Oh Sees, the merry psychedelic rock troupe he’s fronted since 2008, but as frontman of The Coachwhips – an ultra-lo-fi garage trio he was wrecking ears with...

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8/10

Little Matador - 'Little Matador'

Little Matador - 'Little Matador'

Could there be a less enticing phrase than Snow Patrol side project? At least with Little Matador, guitarist Nathan Connolly doesn’t sound too much like he’s making music that mum can buy dad for his birthday. This debut album’s a...

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5/10

Dead Fader - 'Blood Forest/Scorched'

Dead Fader - 'Blood Forest/Scorched'

John Cohen – minus former partner in electronic noise Barry Prendergast – returns with Dead Fader's first full-length since 2010's 'Corrupt My Examiner', and it's a big old game of two halves. Album one, 'Blood Forest', is the sweeter...

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NME RATING

8/10

 
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