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Yung Lean – ‘Starz’ review: influential sad-rap pioneer continues to intoxicate despite bad habits

The Swedish rapper's new record features just enough dazzling moments to justify his cult status

Hayley Williams – ‘Petals For Armor’ review: Paramore singer goes it alone with fiercely vulnerable alt-pop

This week's NME cover star dissects grief, divorce and self-identity on her eclectic solo debut

Lil Tjay – ‘State Of Emergency’ EP review: trap’n’b star makes cynical grab for New York drill hype

This record is so hollow that even a posthumous Pop Smoke appearance fails to land

Little Simz – ‘Drop 6’ EP review: a raw and rough-edged time capsule of the now

London rapper delivers a stripped-back and snappy release that plays to her strengths as a very relatable MC

Mark Lanegan – ‘Straight Songs of Sorrow’ review: grunge survivor shares music that salves the soul

The former Screaming Trees frontman and Queens of the Stone Age collaborator lays himself bare on an album as viscerally honest as his new memoir

Buscabulla – ‘Regresa’ review: Puerto Rican duo’s homecoming laced with slick grooves and sparks of hope

Returning home in the wake of a natural disaster, Buscabulla have channelled their complex emotions wonderfully

Kehlani – ‘It Was Good Until It Wasn’t’ review: a newly brooding sound takes the shine from her sparkling R&B

This patchy album is lifted by guest appearances from Megan Thee Stallion and James Blake

I Break Horses – ‘Warnings’ review: cinematic Swedish duo trace the line between darkness and the light

Chief songwriter Maria Lindén and percussionist Fredrik Balck evoke vivid, noirish narratives that are well-set to their masterful, atmospheric music

Drake – ‘Dark Lane Demo Tapes’ review: business as usual on rapper’s forgettable stop-gap release

Drizzy fails to learn the lessons from his previous album, 'Scorpion', on this bloated and unnecessary mixtape