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Ty Segall - 'Manipulator'

Ty Segall - 'Manipulator'

Ty Segall has managed to rattle off over a dozen albums of eccentric garage rock in just six years. But ‘Manipulator’, his latest, feels like the moment the 27-year-old Californian has been building towards all along. Whereas the gentle,...

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8/10

The New Pornographers - 'Brill Bruisers'

The New Pornographers - 'Brill Bruisers'

AC Newman’s third solo album ‘Shut Down The Streets’ was a missed masterpiece of 2012, the Pornographer-in-chief’s melodic deftness stripped bare and intimately licked. Returning to his Canadian base alongside Neko Case and their fellow...

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NME RATING

8/10

J Mascis - 'Tied To A Star'

J Mascis - 'Tied To A Star'

Dinosaur Jr mastermind J Mascis’ second solo album is categorised by steel-stringed acoustics and mid-tempo folk, following 2011's 'Several Shades Of Why' as a departure from his band's back catalogue of fuzz-laden joyrides. ‘Me Again’ sets...

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NME RATING

8/10

Rustie - 'Green Language'

Rustie - 'Green Language'

Perhaps more than any other producer, even Warp labelmate Hudson Mohawke, Rustie encapsulated the shift in electronic music in the early 2010s, when minimal production gave way to day-glo maximalism. Over a trio of lofty peaks – 2011 debut...

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NME RATING

7/10

Basement Jaxx - 'Junto'

Basement Jaxx - 'Junto'

Basement Jaxx have spent years playing to huge numbers of sweaty people in fields around the world, yet their recorded output has been far from essential. Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe’s amped-up Brit house formula has barely changed since...

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NME RATING

7/10

Cymbals Eat Guitars - 'Lose'

Cymbals Eat Guitars - 'Lose'

Cymbals Eat Guitars' third album sees lead singer Joseph D’Agostino work through the death of childhood friend Ben High. His sense of anger is immediate, with both 'Warning' and 'XR' providing early highlights. The frontman has said that he...

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NME RATING

7/10

The Wytches - 'Annabel Dream Reader'

The Wytches - 'Annabel Dream Reader'

Kristian Bell, The Wytches' singer, songwriter and guitarist, has said that the Brighton trio's debut is a break-up album. By the sounds of it, it’s a breakdown album too. Produced by Bell with ex-Coral member Bill Ryder-Jones, ‘Annabel Dream...

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NME RATING

8/10

Merchandise - 'After The End'

Merchandise - 'After The End'

The end came on April Fool’s Day 2013. According to Merchandise, on the day they released ‘Totale Nite’, their band changed forever. In January, frontman Carson Cox told NME their dramatic third album and its mesh of guitars, electronic...

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NME RATING

9/10

JJ - 'V'

JJ - 'V'

Swedish duo JJ's cloudy electronics don't seem as weird now as they did when the band first surfaced in 2009. But as their shtick of gothic synths and and standoffish vocals has become more widespread, JJ too have changed, welcoming conventional...

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NME RATING

5/10

Client - 'Loser Friendly'

Client - 'Loser Friendly'

Mixing shiny electropop with faceless bureaucracy, Client’s fifth album finds group mastermind Client A (Kate Holmes, formerly of Creation act Technique and married to Alan McGee) joined by new vocalist Client N (Nicole Thomas), following the...

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NME RATING

7/10

 
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