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September Girls - 'Veneer' EP

September Girls - 'Veneer' EP

Where September Girls' January debut earmarked them as the latest addition to the Dum Dum Girls/Vivian Girls school of Phil Spector worship, 'Veneer' finds the Irish quintet throwing off the ’60s girl group coyness in favour of something...

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NME RATING

8/10

Frank Turner - 'The Third Three Years'

Frank Turner - 'The Third Three Years'

Fans of Frank Turner are frequently rewarded. When he’s not gigging, the 32-year-old is doing DJ sets, playing toilet circuit venues with lesser-known collaborators such as Billy The Kid and Beans On Toast or busking with famous friends like...

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NME RATING

7/10

Lee Ranaldo And The Dust - 'Acoustic Dust'

Lee Ranaldo And The Dust - 'Acoustic Dust'

After Sonic Youth split in 2011, Lee Ranaldo crawled away from the wreckage of the Thurston Moore-Kim Gordon marriage with a thirst for simplicity. He released two albums of straightforward guitar-pop that matched up to Kim or Thurston’s...

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NME RATING

6/10

Cult Of Youth - 'Final Days'

Cult Of Youth - 'Final Days'

Cult Of Youth’s third album for Brooklyn label Sacred Bones is brutal. Sean Ragon remains the gothic punks' central figure, but here he is part of a five-piece band. On opener ‘Todestrieb’, strings creak over hollow drums and a frightening...

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NME RATING

7/10

Iggy Azalea - 'Reclassified'

Iggy Azalea - 'Reclassified'

Australian rapper Iggy Azalea is back with a rework of April’s debut album ‘The New Classic’, a record big on chart impact but short on critical respect. Out go the more ‘who dat?’ guest spots, and in come five new tracks to prop up the...

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NME RATING

6/10

Savages & Bo Ningen - 'Words To The Blind'

Savages & Bo Ningen - 'Words To The Blind'

This 37-minute collaborative recording was committed to tape live in concert in May last year, but the roots of ‘Words To The Blind’ go back far beyond the 2012 origins of the alliance between London-based punk artists Savages and Bo Ningen....

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NME RATING

8/10

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

 
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