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MS MR - 'How Does It Feel?'

MS MR - 'How Does It Feel?'

As co-founder of New York label Neon Gold – which has released records by Haim, Charli XCX and Marina & The Diamonds – Lizzy Plapinger deals in bold pop hooks on a daily basis. It's a role she carries into MS MR, the band she formed with...

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NME RATING

7/10

The Chemical Brothers - 'Born In The Echoes'

The Chemical Brothers - 'Born In The Echoes'

The Chemical Brothers are arguably one of the most important groups in dance history. Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons’ peerless ‘Dig Your Own Hole’ introduced rock and psychedelia to dance music’s palette in 1997, and they pioneered combining...

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NME RATING

8/10

Four Tet - 'Morning/Evening'

Four Tet - 'Morning/Evening'

Since his 1999 debut ‘Dialogue’, Kieren Hebden has turned his hand to all manner of electronic noise, from the jazz of 2007’s ‘Tongues’ (made with jazz drummer Steve Reid) to garagey pirate-radio rave (2013’s ‘Beautiful Rewind’,...

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NME RATING

8/10

6 Great Albums That May Have Passed You By This Week

6 Great Albums That May Have Passed You By This...

You know about the big releases each week, but what about the smaller albums which may have passed underneath your radar? We've rounded up nine of the best new album releases from this week, from Sea Of Bees' folkie emotion to De Lux's disco...

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Frankie & The Heartstrings - 'Decency'

Frankie & The Heartstrings - 'Decency'

Frankie & The Heartstrings have become a Sunderland supergroup of sorts, with The Futureheads’ Ross Millard joining their ranks alongside Hookworms' MJ on production duties. This reshuffle – in 'Decency's best moments - adds bite to the band's...

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NME RATING

7/10

Ghostface Killah and Adrian Younge - 'Twelve Reasons To Die II'

Ghostface Killah and Adrian Younge - 'Twelve...

This sequel to the Wu-Tanger's 2013 concept album reunites him with producer-composer Adrian Younge. As well as continuing the labyrinthine plot from the first record - the backstory, in which the supernatural intersects with 1960s Italian...

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NME RATING

8/10

Years & Years - 'Communion'

Years & Years - 'Communion'

Years & Years won the BBC Sound Of 2015 poll in January. Past winners include Sam Smith (the only artist to shift a million LPs in both the UK and US last year) and Adele (whose album ‘21’ is the decade’s highest selling so far). So it seems...

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NME RATING

4/10

Tame Impala - 'Currents'

Tame Impala - 'Currents'

You’ve probably heard the story about how the human body replaces all its cells over a period of about seven years. It’s pretty much bullshit, naturally, but cast your mind back to what you were doing seven years ago: was that really you? Now...

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NME RATING

8/10

Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment - Surf

Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment - Surf

Initially thought to be the follow-up to Chance The Rapper’s 2013 second album/mixtape, ‘Acid Rap’, ‘Surf’ has come out as something unexpected. Its first offering – ‘Sunday Candy’, released last November – was billed to Donnie...

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NME RATING

8/10

9 Great Albums That May Have Passed You By This Week

9 Great Albums That May Have Passed You By This...

You know about the big releases each week, but what about the smaller albums which may have passed underneath your radar? We've rounded up nine of the best new album releases from this week, from Ocar's lo-fi pop to the glitchy electronica of Son...

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