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SUPERFOOD – BAMBINO

Birmingham band Superfood have downsized to a two-piece since the release of 2014’s Britpop-shaded debut Don’t Say That. Couple that with the fact they’ve nabbed themselves a new label and put the fuzzier guitars on the shelf, this is – effectively – a second debut. It’s all for the better, too. Where the fuzzed guitars… Continue reading SUPERFOOD – BAMBINO

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IBEYI – ASH

22-year-old French-Cuban twins Lisa-Kainde and Naomi Diaz return with their second LP as Ibeyi, wearing defiance and resilience on the forefront of their sleeves. Their songs don’t fit into a given genre, instead weaving electro-soul, hip-hop and jazz inclinations around beats and rhythms that boast West African Yoruba influences (the word ‘ibeyi’ also translates as… Continue reading IBEYI – ASH

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DEATH FROM ABOVE – OUTRAGE! IS NOW

Death From Above have reverted to their original name (the band dropped the 1979 earlier this year) and continued their resurrection that saw a whole decade elapse between their furiously brilliant debut LP and 2014 follow up The Physical World. That record picked up where its predecessor left off, using volume, speed and efficiency as… Continue reading DEATH FROM ABOVE – OUTRAGE! IS NOW

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CHELSEA WOLFE – HISS SPUN

Chelsea Wolfe’s fifth studio album creates an alarmingly intense landscape, using an oppressive wall of malignant guitars to cauterize her own personal wounds. It’s a space that throbs with a massive sense of foreboding, with Wolfe’s strabilious vocals rarely leaving the shadows or fighting the devastating weight of the guitars that immerse them. Wolfe allows… Continue reading CHELSEA WOLFE – HISS SPUN

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ALVVAYS – ANTISOCIALITES

Alvvays’ self-titled debut record arrived in 2014 shrouded in sun-drenched, distorted jangly pop, laced with a charming wit and a conveyor belt full of affectionate, stirring melodies. As far as debut LPs go, Alvvays was a triumph, exploring the lineaments of the quarter-life crisis and the ruminations of figuring it all out in an extremely… Continue reading ALVVAYS – ANTISOCIALITES