Album Reviews

Flume – ‘Palaces’ review: Australian producer’s Damon Albarn-featuring ode to nature

the musician couples his floor-shaking, hit-making style with quieter moments of introspection

Lykke Li – ‘EYEYE’ review: intimate, lo-fi bedroom pop for lovers of sad sounds

The Scandi pioneer strips things back for her moody and cinematic fifth album

Porridge Radio – ‘Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder To The Sky’ review: a bittersweet sequel

The Brighton band continue to prove themselves uniquely compelling

Everything Everything – ‘Raw Data Feel’ review: A.I. bot’s lyrics outshone by pop gold

Forget the lyric-writing AI bot – the glistening instrumentation proves the focus here

Kendrick Lamar – ‘Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers’ review: a cathartic, soul-baring autobiography

The rapper triumphs with a collection on which observational skills go into overdrive

The Smile – ‘A Light For Attracting Attention’: free and easy Radiohead side-project

Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood and Sons Of Kemet’s Tom Skinner cut loose

The Black Keys – ‘Dropout Boogie’ review: down-the-line rock destined for good times

The Ohio blues-rockers pack a familiar swagger on their 11th studio album

Mallrat – ‘Butterfly Blue’ review: sublime pop portraits

Much of the Australian alt-pop artist’s debut screams potential hit – these compelling compositions are still perfect for bedrooms, but could captivate festival stages, too