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Josh T. Pearson – The Straight Hits! // Album Review

Essentially, he's the last musician you'd go to for light relief, and yet this new record was designed to "make people happy and spread peace."

Biig Piig // New Sounds

Just a fistful of tracks into her career, her talent stands out, not least because it’s not often you find Ireland's answer to Erykah Badu living above a pub in West London.

Young Fathers – Cocoa Sugar // Album Review

Three years on, Alloysious Massaquoi, Graham 'G' Hastings and Kayus Bankole are clearly no keener to convert casual listeners by making concessions to their art.

Chrystal // New Sounds

If you're labouring under the misapprehension that all the UK's best rap and R&B originates from the South, it's time for a long overdue reality check.

Wild Beasts – Last Night All My Dreams Came True //...

Danny Wright brings Gemma Samways and Lee Wakefield together to discuss the farewell of a beloved band.

Lanark Artefax // New Sounds

Perhaps unsurprisingly, this 23-year-old, Glasgow-based producer cites Aphex Twin, Autechre and Mike Paradinas of Planet Mu as influential figures.

Belle and Sebastian // Interview

Belle and Sebastian's new EP How To Solve Our Human Problems, depending on your disposition, could be a plea for guidance or a blueprint for change.

Shame – Songs Of Praise // Album Review

Recorded in just ten days, Songs Of Praise is entirely flab-free, and ably captures the visceral energy and the grimy, claustrophobic feel of the five-piece's legendary live performances.

IAMDDB // New Sounds 2018

New Sounds 2018 and we're so excited for IAMDDB's 2018 because it's going to be huge.

Rina Sawayama // New Sounds 2018

New Sounds 2018 we're just a little hooked on Rina Sawayama and can't wait to see her take over the world next year

Drahla // New Sounds 2018

New Sounds of 2018, we speak to Drahla about the exciting year ahead.

EERA – Reflection Of Youth // Album Review

There's a brooding darkness encircling this debut set, that's part inspired by her heroes PJ Harvey, Portishead and Blonde Redhead.

Nilüfer Yanya // New Sounds

If, on the surface, her own breezy melodies seem defiantly un-showy, listen harder and you'll find they're deeply complex and considered.

Ibeyi // Interview

In our October cover story, Ibeyi talk Beyonce, Michelle Obama and the powerful connection to their roots.

Superorganism // New Sounds

No wonder Frank Ocean and Ezra Koenig are already huge fans.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds // Live Review

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are more than capable of entrancing arenas.

LCD Soundsystem – American Dream // Album Review

Breaking new ground or on the decline like Arcade Fire? Gemma Samways and Danny Wright dissect one of the year's biggest releases.

Yellow Days // New Sounds

Part of September's New Sounds, Yellow Days is a talent with colossal potential.

Interpol // Live Review

When the reverb-drenched chords of ‘Untitled’ ring out across Alexandra Palace, you’re immediately engulfed by the same shivers you were upon first pressing play on the CD back in the summer of 2002.

Susanne Sundfør – Music For People In Trouble

Introspective, unguarded and tonally sombre, Music For People In Trouble finds the classically-trained, musical polymath reverting to singer-songwriter mode...

Goat Girl // New Sounds

South London's Goat Girl are one of a handful of new bands worthy of the hype surrounding them, even if they're not especially interested in engaging with it.

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