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MARIKA HACKMAN – I’M NOT YOUR MAN

The Marika Hackman of I’m Not Your Man is almost unrecognisable from the spectral, tangling folk of her unsettling debut, We Slept at Last. Replacing her is a direct, comparatively feral version, favouring an arsenal of seductive grunge guitars, prowling sultriness and a Wolf Alice-like brand of constricting noise. Like the latter’s debut LP, I’m… Continue reading MARIKA HACKMAN – I’M NOT YOUR MAN

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FLEET FOXES – CRACK-UP

Fleet Foxes have produced a typically intelligent, uncompromising and metamorphosising body of work six years on from their previous LP. In the time that’s elapsed, their former drummer has skyrocketed beyond the band in the public eye in flamboyant fashion, and it’s difficult not to compare Crack-Upwith Father John Misty’s Pure Comedy. Both are impressionably… Continue reading FLEET FOXES – CRACK-UP

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BETH DITTO – FAKE SUGAR

The songs that make up Beth Ditto’s first solo LP were initially intended for another Gossip album before – to her surprise – her band mate moved back to Arkansas, paving the way for her to go it alone. Ditto has arranged the tracks into a slick, professional record littered with strutting, sequin-daubed stompers, Dusty… Continue reading BETH DITTO – FAKE SUGAR

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ALT-J – RELAXER

I’ve listened to this record several times since its release last month, and I’m still undecided as to whether I like it or passionately hate it. Five years ago, Mercury Prize winning debut An Awesome Wave immediately encapsulated with its veiled, fidgety, innuendo ridden troposphere, but on closer inspection, the substance was harder to find… Continue reading ALT-J – RELAXER