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Album artwork of 'Glowing in the Dark' by Django Django

Glowing in the Dark Django Django

The album dusky psychedelic pop is covered in so much haze that, despite serious musical detours, tracks tend to blend together. It’s a good blend, though.

Album artwork of 'For the first time' by Black Country, New Road

For the first time Black Country, New Road

A blend of teenage angst and a primordial, animalistic sense of something lurking beneath a thin surface, a beastly shape clawing at the other side.

Album artwork of 'Tago Mago' by Can

Tago Mago Can

The record listens like an all-night jam at an impossibly cool bohemian gettogether. It’s funky, relaxed, audacious, exhausting... but above all, it’s brilliant.

Album artwork of 'Isles' by Bicep

Isles Bicep

Tracks swirl about at a slower pace than in Bicep’s debut. It often feels as though in creating a ‘home version’ they have instead cut out the excitement.

Album artwork of 'Painting the Roses' by Midnight Sister

Painting the Roses Midnight Sister

Part dramatic dream, part sun-soaked soliloquy, part love letter to mid-century pop rock, Midnight Sister have sewn together a wistful, woozy record.

Album artwork of 'MM..FOOD' by MF DOOM

MM..FOOD MF DOOM

Never does the record come off as grandiose or self-important; it’s just that good, and it’s just that much fun. Not a masterpiece, but a master at work.

Album artwork of 'The Great Dismal' by Nothing

The Great Dismal Nothing

Unabashedly grim, but reassuringly gentle. The album's striking cover art of a menacing but fragile old man is a good indicator of what to expect.

Album artwork of 'Visions of Bodies Being Burned' by clipping.

Visions of Bodies Being Burned clipping.

Relentless and unpredictable, the album's like the spawn of a Satanic ritual in a theme park. It’s oppressive and challenging, but also warm and charming.

Album artwork of 'Pet Sounds' by The Beach Boys

Pet Sounds The Beach Boys

The harmonies are wonderful, the instrumentation is charming, and, well, everything sounds rather bloody marvellous. Lots to love and little to dislike.

Album artwork of 'Ultra Mono' by Idles

Ultra Mono Idles

There is a huge amount of musical and lyrical ingenuity to enjoy here, with strong messages, jovial piss takes, and Joe Talbot as the megaphoned town crier.