D'Angelo And The Vanguard - 'Black Messiah'

D'Angelo And The Vanguard - 'Black Messiah'

Since the turn of the century, when he reinvented soul music with his second album, 2000’s 'Voodoo', all we've heard from D'Angelo were rumours: drugs and drink, car crashes and rehab, but - a couple of controversial leaks aside - no new music....

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Dumb and Dumber To - Film Review

Dumb and Dumber To - Film Review

"Did you have a C-section - or were you able to give birth au snatcherel ?" That's actually one of the smartest jokes in this relentlessly crass comedy sequel, which reunites simpleton pals Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) and Lloyd Christmas (Jim...

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Nicki Minaj - 'The Pinkprint'

Nicki Minaj - 'The Pinkprint'

What to make of Nicki Minaj. The 32-year-old banged on the door of hip-hop’s boys club with explosive second mixtape ‘Sucka Free’ in 2008. In 2010, she kicked it clean off its hinges with the raging, electric ‘Pink Friday’, a debut album...

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20 Tracks You Need To Hear This Week (17/12/2014)

20 Tracks You Need To Hear This Week (17/12/2014)

The Killers - Joel, The Lump Of Coal (feat. Jimmy Kimmel) Of The Killers’ nine Christmas singles for the Red charity to date, this looks like their best shot at festive immortality. The moving story follows a “lump of anthracite” called...

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Enemy - Film Review

Enemy - Film Review

Adam Bell is stuck in a rut. The bearded history professor played by Jake Gyllenhaal in Enemy gives the same lecture about totalitarianism every day, at the University Of Greater Toronto, then shuffles back to his shabby flat to have detached...

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Kid Astray - 'Back To The Ordinary' EP

Kid Astray - 'Back To The Ordinary' EP

In lead vocalist/pianist Benjamin Giørtz and singer/synth player Elizabeth Wu, Norwegian pop band Kid Astray count a junior golf champion and a prodigious young pianist among their number. But the sextet’s music isn’t nearly as interesting as...

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She & Him - 'Classics'

She & Him - 'Classics'

This is the fifth album from New Girl star Zooey Deschanel and Portland songwriter/guitarist M Ward. She & Him’s earlier records, ‘Volume 1’, ‘Volume 2’ and ‘Volume 3’, positioned original compositions alongside carefully chosen...

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Trash Kit - 'Confidence'

Trash Kit - 'Confidence'

Trash Kit have taken over four years to release this follow-up to their self-titled debut album. That might be cause for alarm if they were at all concerned with exploiting the hype cycle. Cheerfully, they’re not: they’re three London-based...

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Krill - 'Lucky Leaves'

Krill - 'Lucky Leaves'

If grungy Boston trio Krill prove anything on their debut album – originally out in the US in 2013 and getting a catch-up release over here ahead of a new record next year – it’s that more bands should write their own theme tunes. Opener...

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Various Artists - 'Shady XV'

Various Artists - 'Shady XV'

In its 15-year existence, Eminem’s Shady Records has enjoyed some monstrous successes (50 Cent), missed some golden opportunities (Detroit talent Obie Trice quit the label in 2008) and housed its share of dross (D12’s ‘Bane’ functions here...

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