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Jon Hopkins – ‘Singularity’ Review

A thumping, mind-meltingly good night out was the subject of Jon Hopkins' Mercury-shortlisted 2013 album 'Immunity'. This time, on album five, the electronica mastermind wants you to have a blissful…

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Middle Kids – ‘Lost Friends’ Review

Middle Kids aren’t massive fans of albums. Interviewed by NME last month, bassist Tim Fitz revealed he rarely listens to a full LP, concluding: “If you make a whole album nowadays,…

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Iceage – ‘Beyondless’ review

“I can’t stop killing, and we’ll never stop killing and we shouldn’t stop killing,” Iceage's Elias Bender Rønnenfelt snarls on the machine-gun opener to their fourth album. It’s a welcome battle-cry from…

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Parkway Drive – ‘Reverence’ Review

Once the party-starting surfer bros of modern metal, Parkway Drive have been forced to grow up fast on ‘Reverence’. Plagued by a multitude of close-to-home deaths and faced with grief…

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Gaz Coombes – ‘World’s Strongest Man’ Review

The annual broadcast of the World’s Strongest Man competition is, for some, as much a part of the British festive TV calendar as the Queen’s speech and Home Alone. An…

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Leon Bridges – ‘Good Thing’ Review

Since releasing his 2015 debut ‘Coming Home’, Leon Bridges has found himself in an uncomfortable spot. His polished first work was perceived in some parts to be a simple, cynical…

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Peace – ‘Kindness Is The New Rock And Roll’ Review

Peace have always been a band with something to say. In 2013, following the release of debut album 'In Love', guitarist Doug Castle appeared on BBC radio show Pienaar's Politics…

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Frank Turner – ‘Be More Kind’ Review

England kept his bones, now Trump wants to watch them burn. For a good five years Frank Turner has largely steered clear of politics in song, having dug into folk…

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Stimulator Jones – ‘Exotic Worlds and Masterful Treasures’ Review

Samuel Lunsford, aka Stimulator Jones, grew up in Roanoke, Virginia – not exactly a hotbed of R&B – but, undeterred by the scene around him, Jones started to put out…

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Forth Wanderers – ‘Forth Wanderers’ Review

Pen pals are going out of fashion. In the age of social media, WhatsApp and the like, the thought of crafting a long thoughtful message – one that only your…

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Post Malone – ‘beerbongs & bentleys’ Review

Overlong, streaming-friendly albums – The Weeknd's 'Starboy', Drake's 'Views', Migos' 'Culture II' – have become so commonplace that they almost deserve their own classification. More of a stultifying moodboard than…

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Janelle Monáe – ‘Dirty Computer’ Review

“Young, black, wild, free, naked in a limousine,” Janelle Monáe sings on the breezy but soaring electro-pop of ‘Crazy, Classic, Life’, setting up a manifesto for the record that follows: to live…

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