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Rudimental – ‘We The Generation’

You can’t deny it, Rudimental have hit on a formula. Bursting out of Hackney in 2012, their blend of chunky drum’n’bass rhythms and winsome singer-songwriter bits – supplied by a…

Morrissey – ‘List Of The Lost’

There is, ironically, an unwritten rule in book reviewing: you don’t trash first-time novelists. With filmmakers, say, or musicians, you can spread the blame because they seem to work in…

New Order – ‘Music Complete’

It would be generous to call New Order’s previous reunion albums patchy but ‘Music Complete’ at last succeeds in doing the Manchester legends’ pioneering dance-rock legacy justice. Overlooking recent by-numbers…

Swim Deep – ‘Mothers’

In two years, Swim Deep have gone from indie pop sweethearts to sounding like they've spent a lot of time tripping out of their minds. Second album 'Mothers' (an ode…

Angel Haze – ‘Back To The Woods’

Note: In February this year, Angel Haze came out as agender, stating they prefer to be described using gender-neutral pronouns, which is respected in the following review. About the…

Drake and Future – ‘What A Time To Be Alive’

Way before Drake’s much-publicised beef with Meek Mill (the latter rapper alleged the former employed ghost-writers and the war of words escalated), Drizzy feuded in 2013 with Future, the wilfully…

Beirut – ‘No No No’

It’s surprising that Beirut bandleader Zach Condon has become the critical darling he is. The story goes that he dropped out of New Mexico’s Santa Fe High School aged just…

Disclosure – ‘Caracal’

The Footlocker funk of Disclosure’s 2013 debut ‘Settle’ saw them shoot to Number One, go platinum and scoop up a host of Grammy, Mercury and Brit Award nominations. The album…

Lana Del Rey – ‘Honeymoon’

Earlier this year, Lana Del Rey said that her third album 'Honeymoon' would be "very different" to her previous release, 2014's underselling 'Ultraviolence'. That album had seen the…

Chvrches – ‘Every Open Eye’

My mother made me a lifelong Eurythmics fan. A constant in our house alongside the Celtic rock anthems of U2 and Runrig, they offered a vision of a Scottish voice…

Carly Rae Jepsen – ‘Emotion’

After her bubblegum pop banger 'Call Me Maybe' became inescapable in 2012, Carly Rae Jepsen seemed destined to become a classic one-hit wonder: Toni Basil for the Twitter era, if…

Keith Richards – ‘Crosseyed Heart’

As the dad-snorting, drug-devouring, cop-dodging heart and soul of The Rolling Stones for 50-odd years, and the epitome of the hedonistic rock’n’roll survivor who’ll probably outlive Princess Charlotte, Keith Richards…