Redinho - 'Redinho'

Redinho - 'Redinho'

Redinho has been kicking around with the Rustie, Hudson Mohawke and the rest of the Glasgow-based Numbers label collective for years. The blend of electro, funk and high-gloss production on the London-based DJ’s first full-length sets him apart,...

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Leonard Cohen - 'Popular Problems'

Leonard Cohen - 'Popular Problems'

With each year that passes, Leonard Cohen’s voice gets ever deeper. On this, his 13th studio album, his gravelly vocals are so low they’re practically in the gutter - as is, brilliantly, his mind. Opener ‘Slow’ has the soon-to-be...

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Duologue - 'Never Get Lost'

Duologue - 'Never Get Lost'

London five-piece Duologue take a while to get going on their second album. The first two tracks, 'Memex' and 'Correctress' - perhaps in thrall to their tongue-twisted titles - spend too long artfully constructing a sound-space and not long enough...

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King Tuff - 'Black Moon Spell'

King Tuff - 'Black Moon Spell'

Kyle Thomas is the musician, King Tuff the character he plays. On this third album, the LA-based scruff is in autobiographical mood: "King Tuff is my name, I got madness in my brain" (‘Madness’); "I play the guitar like a demon from hell”...

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Perfume Genius - 'Too Bright'

Perfume Genius - 'Too Bright'

Mike Hadreas, aka Perfume Genius, introduced 'Queen' by saying that it addresses "faces of blank fear when I walk by… if these fucking people want to give me some power – if they see me as some sea witch with penis tentacles that are always...

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Allah-Las - 'Worship The Sun'

Allah-Las - 'Worship The Sun'

Allah-Las' 2012 debut album was a coming together of the fuzz-laden influences they’d picked up working in LA record store Amoeba Music. ‘Worship The Sun’ continues that approach, sounding more cohesive in the process. Somehow, though,...

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Joanna Gruesome/Trust Fund - 'Split 12-inch'

Joanna Gruesome/Trust Fund - 'Split 12-inch'

Reeks Of Effort describes itself as ''a DIY label sticking it to the squares''. Its latest release, a split 12'' between proto-indie foursome Joanna Gruesome and no-fi Bristol musician Trust Fund, is full of two fingers up abandon. Joanna Gruesome...

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She Keeps Bees - 'Eight Houses'

She Keeps Bees - 'Eight Houses'

Brooklyn duo She Keeps Bees peddle a reliable indie-rock take on the blues, played with a stripped-down guitar/drums set-up. Their albums to date – ‘Eight Houses’ is their fourth – have remained accessible, the see-sawing riffs on 2009's...

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Arp - 'Pulsars E Quasars' EP

Arp - 'Pulsars E Quasars' EP

Having already released two albums of analogue synth compositions, New York bedroom composer Alexis Georgopoulos turned to cosmic pop on last year's 'More'. The Moog returns here, but 'Suns' - two minutes of busted TV static - is an inscrutable...

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SBTRKT - 'Wonder Where We Land'

SBTRKT - 'Wonder Where We Land'

In 1936, Mexican artist Pedro Linares was bedridden with a serious illness. As he slept, he dreamt of deformed creatures - a donkey with butterfly wings, a cockerel with antlers and a koala with a boa constrictor's tail. His hallucinations...

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