Fucked Up's Ben Cook puts to use his experience ghostwriting for Clarkson, Swift and more… A record that wants to be a pure pop album on its own terms
This is carefully constructed, out-there pop, with Khan’s up front three-minute formula remaining undeniably on point within the realm of a four-track release.
On Kalevi's self titled debut, synth pop and disco sit next to lounge-y psychedelia, melding diverse influences ranging from techno to eighties pop and post-punk into a cohesive sound
This is sincere and deceptively direct alt; as charming as it is odd
Sugar Now doesn’t merely appropriate the sounds of various regions, but demonstrates actual, lived experiences - and it’s all the stronger for it
Twenty years after their heyday and Skunk Anansie are still standing apart, seemingly a little out of their time.
Each track on Grandfeathered is coated with seismic amounts of reverb, making this nu-gaze with the grandest of pretentions
Joining forces with Dutch artist girlfriend Ebony Hoorn has lent Roberts a lighter touch, a synthier sound and maybe even something approaching peace
A ripe and ready, bright and breezy, honest summer soundtrack
A salivating prospect for any fan or fabric devotee.
Beach Baby’s debut suffers from a terminal lack of inspiration as the group trundles inelegantly from one half-baked idea to the next
In this beautiful debut, Magana delivers the haunted resilience of someone who has found self-acceptance
It may lack a little diversity in sound, but it's a solid foundation for whatever happens next.
Post-Frenz Container Buzz is a body of work that reveals more as it goes on – about Wilde, his view of the world and his new lease of life.
Instrumentally the record is pleasant enough, if a little uninspired.
On Rest, Gainsbourg flits between singing in French and English, and sounds just as mysterious whatever language she's operating in - even if you only find one of them intelligible.
The album itself serves as a collection of snippets that perfectly accompany 2015's Carrie & Lowell.
The band's first effort for Bella Union is simply gorgeous; mission accomplished.
XL Recordings co-founder Richard Russell presents Everything is Recorded; a collaborative project born from studio jam sessions which sees him sewing together past and present with remarkable cohesion.
Like many of the veteran African artists recently uncovered for wider delectation, Kamal Keila gives good back-story.
Post-punk meets art-pop on Instant Nostalgia, as Bas Jan suggests we frequently knacker our own well-being and relationships.