Jamie T’s second album in two years is a punk, rap, pop and hardcore tour de force
Bloc Party : Silent Alarm Remixed
Proof that University Challenge contestants can dance too
It all makes sense, of course, when you consider that they were one of the first bands to make the Paul Epworth indie-dance connection. He appears here in his ‘Phones’ guise, on an overfamiliar but deliciously skeletal version of ‘Banquet’. With remix turns from Ladytron, Erol Alkan, Nick Zinner and Death From Above 1979, it’s like the cool kids from school being let loose on the new equipment in the music room: the results are pretty much all quality, with some even usurping the originals (see M83’s swoony version of ‘The Pioneers’). Hopefully it’s a taste of things to come.
Character studies and ready melodies abound in the latest record by the Oxford quartet
A battle-like record where fear and dread rule
Another gripping Pedro Almodóvar mystery, full of vibrant visuals and emotional revelations
The Californian succeeds, once again, in exposing the ugliness of mankind. It’ll get under your skin