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La Roux - 'Trouble in Paradise'

La Roux - 'Trouble in Paradise'

When Future Islands cut a rug across the //Late Show With David Letterman// set in March, it wasn't just the spectacle that quickened the pulse. For all Samuel T Herring's spasms – a Marlon Brando marionette with all the strings pulled at once...

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NME RATING

9/10

King Creosote - 'From Scotland With Love'

King Creosote - 'From Scotland With Love'

In 2011, electro wunderkind Jon Hopkins took Scottish folkie legend King Creosote by the hand and led him into a dark, ambient pastoral hinterland – and the pair garnered a Mercury Music Prize nomination for their stark and stunning ‘Diamond...

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NME RATING

6/10

Zulu Winter - 'Stutter'

Zulu Winter - 'Stutter'

The world is speeding up. If you don’t believe it, just take a look at Zulu Winter’s career trajectory. Formed in 2011, they became ‘next big things’, released one album, toured with Keane and then unceremoniously split when their slick,...

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NME RATING

5/10

The Moons - 'Mindwaves'

The Moons - 'Mindwaves'

Before daubing his face with glitter and shining centre-stage in Temples, James Bagshaw used to play in Northampton band The Moons. Like Temples, they rely on ’60s psych flourishes, but that’s where the similarities end. The Moons also chuck...

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NME RATING

4/10

Flamingods - 'Hyperborea'

Flamingods - 'Hyperborea'

It makes sense that the Shape label, run by Islet’s Mark Thomas, should release Flamingods’ second album, as the Cardiff oddballs are about the closest stylistic reference point to its contorting songs. But whereas Islet deal in haphazard...

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NME RATING

8/10

Emma Tricca - 'Relic'

Emma Tricca - 'Relic'

‘Relic' is not a word that normally brims with positive connotations, but it seems a wholly appropriate title for this second album from Italian-born, London-based singer-songwriter Emma Tricca. Sounding like some sort of pre-psychedelic...

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NME RATING

7/10

The Black Angels - 'Clear Lake Forest'

The Black Angels - 'Clear Lake Forest'

The Black Angels are no strangers to the kaleidoscopic heritage of their native Austin, Texas, and on ‘Clear Lake Forest’ they paint a psychedelic rainbow across a host of ’60s American icons. ‘Sunday Evening’ has all the exciting,...

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NME RATING

8/10

Got A Girl - 'I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now'

Got A Girl - 'I Love You But I Must Drive Off...

Got A Girl are actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead and producer/Deltron 3030 member Dan 'The Automator' Nakamura. They met while making Scott Pilgrim Vs The World (she played Ramona Flowers, he wrote the score), and bonded over their shared love of...

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NME RATING

7/10

Donovan Blanc - 'Donovan Blanc'

Donovan Blanc - 'Donovan Blanc'

Donovan Blanc is a wannabe heart-throb who spends Friday evenings looking for ladies to photograph naked in his flat. At least that’s how New Jersey musicians Joseph Black and Raymond Schwab, formerly known as Honeydrum, describe the character...

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NME RATING

8/10

Joyce Manor - 'Never Hungover Again'

Joyce Manor - 'Never Hungover Again'

Joyce Manor might have a new record deal with LA punk totem Epitaph, but the Californians have kept things decidedly lo-fi on their third album. As soon as the lazy chords of opener ‘Christmas Card’ trundle out of the speakers, what's in store...

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NME RATING

7/10

 
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