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BIBIO – A MINERAL LOVE

Over seven albums and eleven years, Stephen Wilkinson has expanded his Technicolor palette of sound with a prolific officiousness. With A Mineral Love, there is a sense that the shoots that started to protrude with his switch to Warp records in 2009 are finally blossoming into a hugely impressive paradox. There are some gorgeously structured songs… Continue reading BIBIO – A MINERAL LOVE

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THE LAST SHADOW PUPPETS – EVERYTHING YOU’VE COME TO EXPECT

Eight years on from the release of The Age of the Understatement, Alex Turner and Miles Kane have long ditched their tracksuits and youthful impudence, and now both reside in LA. The long awaited follow-up to that record is even more stylish than its predecessor, and its architecture gleams from the ornate intricacy of the album’s… Continue reading THE LAST SHADOW PUPPETS – EVERYTHING YOU’VE COME TO EXPECT

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SUUNS – HOLD/STILL

Suuns’ 3rd LP sort-of picks up where 2013’s excellent Images du futur left off, but with Hold/Still their sadistic swirls of feedback and surgical noise toe the line of being unlistenable. Three years ago the motorized basslines, controlling grooves and seductive electronics coursed through the veins with an indulgent toxicity, but here the dosage is much less attractive. There… Continue reading SUUNS – HOLD/STILL

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VICTORIA+JEAN – DIVINE LOVE

Victoria and Jean are a romantic couple as well as a musical one, and if their relationship is anywhere near as spontaneous as their multi-faceted debut album (and they’re fans of surprises), they’ll keep each other happy for a very long time. Their chemistry oozes from their songs, whether its amongst the dangerously catchy pop… Continue reading VICTORIA+JEAN – DIVINE LOVE

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GREYS – OUTER HEAVEN

Greys’ second LP is a gripping, captivating brand of politically-inclined punk. Where their debut If Anything relied on explosive power and ear-splitting noise, Outer Heaven builds from the brash template to create a record that is lyrically purposeful, boasting high-definition layering with compelling textures and pertinent changes in pace. Shehzaad Jiwani’s frank lyrics are strident, addressing uncomfortable issues in… Continue reading GREYS – OUTER HEAVEN