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If you’re not overtly familiar with Ty Segall’s presumably sleepless existence over the past decade, the second self-titled LP of his prolific solo career (Ty Segall mk. II is the Californian garage-rock auteur’s ninth record in as many years) is the perfect entry point into his work. Opener Break a Guitar leaves a sludgy trail from the blocks, with Segall’s amp doing its best impression… Continue reading TY SEGALL – TY SEGALL

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Menace Beach’s second LP sees them expand their horizons from the heady, fuzzed-out college grunge of 2015 debut Ratworld. Lemon Memory (which incidentally gets its name from the idea of a ‘lemon curse’ – a curse designed to bring destruction to someone that has done you wrong, and something that Liza Violet and Ryan Needham believe was placed… Continue reading MENACE BEACH – LEMON MEMORY

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Frank Carter is back with his Rattlesnakes for a second LP, and it’s a half hour scourge of abrasive pop-punk, propulsively led by furious, agitated guitar riffs and Carter’s caustic howl. Carter was a cult figure as the outrageously enigmatic frontman with Gallows before their 2011 split, and maintains a horde of followers from those days, in addition to… Continue reading FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES – MODERN RUIN

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Sam France and Jonathan Rado have achieved something pretty impressive with Hang: they’ve produced a record that can be admired hugely, but is almost impossible to enjoy. In contrast to 2014’s 24 track drag …And Star Power, Hang is barely half an hour long, but makes up for its lack of temporal bulk by making use of a 40 piece band,… Continue reading FOXYGEN – HANG

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Simon Green’s experiential body of work as Bonobo is one of the more accomplished electronic collections around. Upon each release, an informed shift of focus and measure has always seemed organic, and Migration continues this trend, with its nascence motif appearing as the natural progression from the dancefloor sensibility of The North Borders. Green’s ability to create lapsing soundscapes of immense richness is displayed… Continue reading BONOBO – MIGRATION

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Ben Coyle-Larner – or Loyle Carner to you and me – cuts a quirkily peculiar figure in today’s rap paradigm. His music is generally restrained and deeply personal, stylishly furnished with jazz guitar chords and the sort of melancholic, typically British soul that juxtaposes perfectly with grey skies and rain-sheeted windows. In short, it’s a world away from the aggressive… Continue reading LOYLE CARNER – YESTERDAY’S GONE