By contrast, No Shame finds the singer-songwriter abandoning that distracting slickness, and exploring personal traumas to create her strongest set since Alright, Still.
Though his stage name was inspired by a former proclivity to mumble, the Northampton MC spits with a quietly-seething aggression redolent of his early-hero Eminem.
"...now I wake up at three in the morning worrying about Mel Gibson and his mental state..."
Fated or not, there's no denying Parks' artistic vision is exceptional, and that it elicits sublime results.
A paranoid darkness seeps into the set, capturing what the band term "the societal insanity of 2016-17".
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."
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.
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.
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.
Danny Wright brings Gemma Samways and Lee Wakefield together to discuss the farewell of a beloved band.
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's new EP How To Solve Our Human Problems, depending on your disposition, could be a plea for guidance or a blueprint for change.
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.
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There's a brooding darkness encircling this debut set, that's part inspired by her heroes PJ Harvey, Portishead and Blonde Redhead.
If, on the surface, her own breezy melodies seem defiantly un-showy, listen harder and you'll find they're deeply complex and considered.
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No wonder Frank Ocean and Ezra Koenig are already huge fans.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are more than capable of entrancing arenas.