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Sébastien Tellier - 'L'Aventura'

Sébastien Tellier - 'L'Aventura'

As the World Cup reaches its sharp end, what better tribute than a lurid, kitschy concept album about an imagined childhood spent in Brazil by a French auteur who depicts himself naked on a giant bird of paradise on the cover? Sébastien Tellier...

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NME RATING

8/10

Explosions In The Night Sky & Steve Jablonsky - 'Lone Survivor OST'

Explosions In The Night Sky & Steve Jablonsky -...

The instrumental soundtrack to new Mark Wahlberg war film Lone Survivor is a meeting of the stormy atmospherics of Explosions In The Sky (arguably the most self-descriptive band name in post-rock) and composer Jablonksy (Transformers, Nightmare On...

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NME RATING

5/10

Slow Club - 'Complete Surrender'

Slow Club - 'Complete Surrender'

Coming on like Sheffield’s very own two-person take on The Commitments, Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor’s third album sees them loading up the big soul guns for a shot at the mainstream. On their first LP away from indie Moshi Moshi, Slow...

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NME RATING

6/10

Gulp - 'Season Sun'

Gulp - 'Season Sun'

While Gruff Rhys occupies himself hauling a stuffed historical figurine across the States, the debut album by Gulp suggests his Super Furry Animals bandmate Guto Pryce has settled for simpler domestic pleasures. Revolving around a core duo of...

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NME RATING

7/10

Ali Love - 'P.U.M.P'

Ali Love - 'P.U.M.P'

After an early career as a ketamine-confused art punk stuck in his 'K-Hole', Ali Love's work with Hot Natured, cameo on The Chemical Brothers' Do It Again' and co-write on Justice's 2011 banger 'Civilization' earned the London scenester and DJ...

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NME RATING

5/10

Big Deal - 'Sakura'

Big Deal - 'Sakura'

If the lyrics of Big Deal’s new EP are anything to go by, guitarist Kacey Underwood and singer Alice Costelloe’s hearts have been stomped on more times than Kevin Shields' apocalypse pedal (possibly by each other, it's been rumoured). The...

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NME RATING

8/10

Woman's Hour - 'Conversations'

Woman's Hour - 'Conversations'

According to Hype Machine, Woman’s Hour were 2013’s sixth most blogged band. And there’s a reason that the London-via-Kendall four-piece, centred around siblings Fiona and Will Burgess, have been attracting such attention. In fact, there are...

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NME RATING

8/10

Honeyblood - 'Honeyblood'

Honeyblood - 'Honeyblood'

"I will hate you forever!'' goes 'Super Rat', ''Scumbag sleaze! Slimeball grease! You really do disgust me!" Look, honestly, our phone just ran out of battery. Can we at least get our Sufjan box-set back? Be careful with that, it's coloured...

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NME RATING

9/10

Morrissey - 'World Peace Is None Of Your Business'

Morrissey - 'World Peace Is None Of Your Business'

In some alternate universe, Morrissey’s turned his back on this music lark for a life as a beloved raconteur: a former pop star who’s left his singing and gladioli-swinging behind him for a cushy gig as a snarky media darling. There he goes...

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NME RATING

9/10

Wolves In The Throne Room - 'Celestite'

Wolves In The Throne Room - 'Celestite'

The black sheep of black metal, a genre in which all normal human values of decency are inverted, are required to be polite and well behaved. Take Pacific Northwestern duo Wolves In The Throne Room, unlikely advocates of a self-sufficient,...

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NME RATING

8/10

 
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