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MELKBELLY – NOTHING VALLEY

Chicago four-piece Melkbelly’s debut LP is a break-neck exhibition of frenetic noise-rock, fully equipped with evasive melodies and unsettling elasticity. Nothing Valley also happens to be the inaugural release from Sadie Dupuis’s (of Speedy Ortiz fame) record label, and there are many hallmarks of their song structures that would put them in the same ballpark… Continue reading MELKBELLY – NOTHING VALLEY

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FEVER RAY – PLUNGE

Karin Dreijer (who – it appears – has dropped the Andersson) returned last month with her first new record as Fever Ray in almost a decade in scintillating form. Plunge is an aggressively intricate trapeze of electronics, with soundscapes varying drastically in degrees of hardness whilst supercharged synth bursts patrol the arrangements. Her voice seems… Continue reading FEVER RAY – PLUNGE

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BENJAMIN CLEMENTINE – I TELL A FLY

Benjamin Clementine is an interesting case. His 2015 debut At Least For Nowpicked up the Mercury Prize, and offered the extraordinarily unique artist the platform to channel his musings to a larger audience. All that considered, you have to admire his determination to conceive a concept album about a pair of romantic flies in amongst… Continue reading BENJAMIN CLEMENTINE – I TELL A FLY

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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