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Crack Cloud – ‘Pain Olympics’ review: an electrifying sonic barrage fuelled by communal spirit

The Canadian collective’s debut album feels like an extension of their invaluable work as support workers on the frontline in the fight against their country’s opioid crisis

Oracle Sisters – ‘Paris I’ EP review: a dreamy indie-folk collection for blissful days

Cryptic lyrics and mesmerising harmonies combine with jangly guitar for a dreamy introduction to Parisian duo's two-parter release

Juice WRLD – ‘Legends Never Die’ review: rapper’s legacy eclipsed on crowded posthumous album

Too bad this 21-track collection stutters and starts without Jarad Higgins at the helm

otta – ‘songbook’ review: sharp, scattergun anthems eschewing the traditional format

Channelling the frenetic energy of early-Grimes, these songs are confrontational and discombobulating by design

The Beths – ‘Jump Rope Gazers’ review: Auckland four-piece fail to sustain early promise by going off-script for album two

The New Zealand quartet follow their 2018 debut 'Future Me Hates Me' with a record that sacrifices the traits that made their first LP irresistible

Shaggy – ‘Hot Shot 2020’: reggae-pop album re-recorded for the TikTok generation isn’t quite as wild as it could be

The Jamaican singer wants to market his "timeless records" to a whole new audience to mark his fifth album's 20th anniversary

Summer Walker – ‘Life on Earth’ review: insightful break-up bangers from Atlanta’s R&B hero

Scarcely ten months after her breakout debut album, Summer Walker's latest examines the highs and lows of break-ups

100 Gecs – ‘1000 Gecs & the Tree of Clues’ review: Brain-melting, genre-crushing vision of pop’s future

The likes of Fall Out Boy, Charli XCX and PC Music's A.G. Cook are among the 21 massive guest features on the Missouri duo’s brilliantly bonkers remix album
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