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Azealia Banks feat. Pharrell - 'ATM Jam'

Azealia Banks feat. Pharrell - 'ATM Jam'

Oh look, here's Pharrell, repeating the same leaden, monotonous hook over and over and over (and over) again. He sounds so half-interested you'd swear someone recorded him complaining about a cash machine queue and spliced it with a few so-so...

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Anna Calvi - 'Eliza'

Anna Calvi - 'Eliza'

Another entry in the ever-popular 'woman running through figurative forest in search of inner child' genre –although the video features Ms Calvi running through a painfully literal one. I know this is an intro to a probably excellent album, but...

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Pokey LaFarge - 'Central Time'

Pokey LaFarge - 'Central Time'

Pokey LaFarge is a man who ignores post-1946 musical developments like evangelical Christians ignore the fossil record: nuh-uh, Jesus says no. Which makes him a natural fit for the Third Man Records roster. 'Central Time' is three minutes of...

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Swim Deep - 'Honey'

Swim Deep - 'Honey'

You know this one. It's the one that goes " Don't just dream in your sleep, it's just lazy ", which some people seem to think is a wonderful lyric, but whose double use of the word 'just' has always struck me as being, well, a bit lazy. But Swim...

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Deer Tick - 'The Dream's In The Ditch'

Deer Tick - 'The Dream's In The Ditch'

You know how country purists always moan about how that countrypolitan Nashville crap ruined everything? That, I imagine, is how alt.country purists of the future will look back on Deer Tick. I'm all for Springsteen glockenspiel becoming the new...

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Spectrals - 'Karaoke'

Spectrals - 'Karaoke'

I'd always assumed the line " I don't think I was really cut out for this " was one of those things musicians say but don't mean, like " I am the eggman ". Turns out he was sincere and this melancholic number is Spectrals' actual epitaph....

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Exclamation Pony - 'Pseudo Individual'

Exclamation Pony - 'Pseudo Individual'

Exclamation Pony is the love affair between Ryan Jarman of The Cribs and Jen Turner of Here We Go Magic being played out in public. Their debut gig saw them snogging onstage, and now their first single contains the line " I don't have to love...

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Fuck Buttons - 'Brainfreeze'

Fuck Buttons - 'Brainfreeze'

Fuck Buttons' music isn't always as hardcore as their name implies, but 'Brainfreeze' is a clattering, pulse-quickening racket that could soundtrack Skrillex's nightmares. It's eight and a half minutes long. If you listen past seven, you may have...

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Glasvegas - 'Later… When The TV Turns To Static'

Glasvegas - 'Later… When The TV Turns To Static'

The title may be a subliminal pitch to Jools Holland, but 'Later…' is gut-punchingly direct. " I think my friends have all given up on me ", sings James Allan from his " lonely attic ", painting a picture as desolate as anything Ken Loach could...

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Joanna Gruesome - 'Sugarcrush'

Joanna Gruesome - 'Sugarcrush'

Given that this Cardiff quintet's name is a weak pun on a harp-toting cult indie star, it's fair to say they probably haven't set their sights on reaching the top of the hit parade. But even bearing that in mind, 'Sugarcrush' sounds like it was...

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