ALBUMS REVIEWS

Lone - 'Reality Testing'

Lone - 'Reality Testing'

Nottingham musician Matt Cutler mixes hip-hop and house on this, his sixth album as Lone. The success at the heart of 'Reality Testing' lies in the way it unites the grainy fluidity, sample sources and black music heritage both genres share....

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8/10

Happyness - 'Weird Little Birthday'

Happyness - 'Weird Little Birthday'

London trio Happyness might have adapted their sonic template from American college/indie rock bands like Pavement, Rilo Kiley and Sparklehorse, but the wit and lyrical context of their music is all British. Songs on this impressive debut album...

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NME RATING

8/10

Kasabian - '48:13'

Kasabian - '48:13'

Back in April, Serge Pizzorno and Tom Meighan were spotted in east London in decorators’ overalls, daubing the numbers ’48:13’ onto the wall of their designer’s studio. The men behind such intellectual manifestos as ‘Empire’,...

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NME RATING

7/10

Fhloston Paradigm - 'The Phoenix'

Fhloston Paradigm - 'The Phoenix'

A few years back, an ambient record inspired by sci-fi cinema was still a novel premise in electronica. Lately, though, after everyone from Portishead's Geoff Barrow to trap producer Kuedo mounted the bandwagon, the formula has become hackneyed....

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NME RATING

8/10

The Pictish Trail - 'Secret Soundz Vol 1 & 2'

The Pictish Trail - 'Secret Soundz Vol 1 & 2'

Trawler-chic beardie Johnny Lynch was King Creosote’s compadre in Fence Records while he was knocking off beautifully disparate albums of Casio-folk, minimalist house, pastoral psychedelia and Donkey Kong electronics in his spare time as The...

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NME RATING

7/10

The Proper Ornaments - 'Wooden Head'

The Proper Ornaments - 'Wooden Head'

The Proper Ornaments make nostalgic pop that makes them sound like Temples’ chilled-out West Coast cousins. Featuring Veronica Falls guitarist James Hoare among their number, the London quartet have largely passed under the radar so far, but...

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NME RATING

8/10

Clipping - 'CLPPNG'

Clipping - 'CLPPNG'

This unpredictable LA hip-hop trio caught Sub Pop's attention with 2013's 'Midcity' album; its successor is a series of sonic bombs awaiting detonation. Pairing Daveed Diggs' vocals with schizophrenic noise from musicians William Hutson and...

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NME RATING

8/10

The Fresh & Onlys - 'House Of Spirits'

The Fresh & Onlys - 'House Of Spirits'

"The point of forgetting is so you can live", sings The Fresh & Onlys' Tim Cohen, and this expansive album sees the San Francisco band leaving their gritty punk past behind. From dainty torch songs ('Ballerina') and soaring chamber-pop ('Animal Of...

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NME RATING

7/10

Bob Mould - 'Beauty & Ruin'

Bob Mould - 'Beauty & Ruin'

Bob Mould – hero to everyone from Dave Grohl to Billie Joe Armstrong – can’t help but remind us of the overwhelming influence he’s had. Opening his 11th solo album with the Dinosaur Jr sludge of ‘Low Season’, he harks back to the days...

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NME RATING

6/10

First Aid Kit - 'Stay Gold'

First Aid Kit - 'Stay Gold'

First Lykke Li and now First Aid Kit – there’s a serious sadness affecting Sweden’s twentysomething female folk-poppers at the moment. After two records on acclaimed indie Wichita, ‘Stay Gold’ is Klara and Johanna Söderberg’s first...

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NME RATING

8/10

 
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