A deliberately frothy take on an under-documented moment in US politics
Babyshambles: The Blinding EP
Just here to pay the legal fees, natch
Miraculously, however, it verges on the, um, blinding. ‘I Wish’ is the key track here, a delicate horn-flecked homage to 2 Tone that sounds like the aborted summer of ska never happened. Such is the might of Pete’s lyrical trickery that, after listening to him sing for two minutes, even the most vindictive paparazzo is bound to feel some smidgen of sympathy for him. ‘I Wish’ is no exception, and lines like, “I’m piping almost every night/Watch my dreams float by/Out of sight/I wish to God I’d just been stabbed, oh” make you just wanna take him home and start pouring the Horlicks. Exposed to this EP, even those of us who despise Pete Doherty beyond all mortal sense will have to concede the lanky one some sliver of genius.
The second album from Piper and Skylar Kaplan is danceable, euphoric and pleasingly trippy
Mumford & Sons’ collaborative steps into world music aren’t embarrassing – but they’re not essential either
The iconic DJ Shadow returns with a mixtape-like album that frustrates as much as it fascinates
A Western that revolves around a trio of gun-wielding female leads, and has a clear and consistent feminist message