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  • Roots Manuva – Bleeds
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    Roots Manuva – Bleeds

    The lyric that has haunted Roots Manuva for over a decade came on Colossal Insight, a key cut from his 2005 album Awfully Deep: “This could well be my last LP/I’ve had a good run, I’ve made a few Gs… I just wanna rest my knobbly knees.” That was ten years and several albums ago

  • Half Moon Run – Sun Leads Me On
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    Half Moon Run – Sun Leads Me On

    Canada’s Half Moon Run enchanted us in 2012 with their debut album, Dark Eyes. Despite the band being formed via a craigslist ad, they demonstrated a sonic synchrony rare even in veteran groups. The spacious emotionality of this first album, comprised equally of slow-burn indie-rock and sucker-punch sonics, made most of us chime the phrase,

  • Palms – Crazy Rack
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    Palms – Crazy Rack

    Distorted Guitars? Check. Plucky bass lines? Check. Drums? At times a bit inaudible, but still a check. Vocals? …Is that what that is? Ok, I joke. It’s probably all part of the “kids in mum’s garage making noisy, messy, surfy/indie rock” image that Sydney fuzz-sters Palms have going on. But those DIY good vibes just

  • Little May – For The Company
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    Little May – For The Company

    Aaron Dessner can’t really do much wrong. Chief music writer for The National (yes, that means THOSE HORN SECTIONS), he’s taken on a second life as a producer, working on records like Mumford and Sons’ Wilder Mind and Local Natives’ Hummingbird. His knack for making records sound full and unleashing their full potential is second

  • City And Colour – If I Should Go Before You
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    City And Colour – If I Should Go Before You

    Coming in at 9 minutes and 17 seconds Woman, the opening track City and Colour’s eagerly awaited If I Should Go Before You, is suitably epic. Complete with a hefty dose of dreamy reverb teamed with Dallas Green’s exquisite falsetto it’s a strong start to a very strong album. If you’ve ever had the pleasure

  • The Dead Weather – Dodge And Burn
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    The Dead Weather – Dodge And Burn

    The Dead Weather has always felt less like a side-project to me and more like a plaything for Jack White and Alison Mosshart. The Kills haven’t exactly been prolific for the modern era, only churning out a record every three or so years. And with some of the most bad ass vocals and killer stage

  • CHVRCHES – Every Open Eye
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    CHVRCHES – Every Open Eye

    Sometimes you just need some sincere and poignant music to clarify certain things, or at least to get you excited enough to ignore the miserable rain pelting onto the vast windows of a city bound train. And far out, from the moment those sharp, affecting synth ripples tantalise my eardrums, my whole body is literally

  • Silversun Pickups – Better Nature
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    Silversun Pickups – Better Nature

    Silversun Pickups have had a history of writing breakout songs, but not breakout albums. Lazy Eye for instance, has one of the most iconic indie rock guitar riffs of the last decade, while Panic Switch is one of the most explosive songs ever cut to tape. Even the futuristic finish of Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings)

  • Disclosure – Caracal
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    Disclosure – Caracal

    The year’s most anticipated dance music album? It’s gotta be Disclosure’s Caracal. The Brit nu-garage duo are resurfacing at the same time as their drum ‘n’ bass pals Rudimental (with We The Generation). But, due to their US crossover success, Disclosure’s opus is inevitably the bigger news. Whether the producers can eclipse Settle – 2013’s

  • Basenji – Trackpad EP
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    Basenji – Trackpad EP

    Simplicity in the realm of the electronic soundscape is a very hit or miss affair. Minimalism at it’s best is a remarkable entity, that allows for projection of ones own thoughts onto a creation that doesn’t boast superficiality or an overload of elements. While artists like Tei Shi and Cashmere Cat can achieve this undoubtedly

  • Parkway Drive – Ire
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    Parkway Drive – Ire

    Over the last 12 years, Byron Bay mosh lords Parkway Drive have blast-beat a path from the surf beaches of the NSW North Coast to the forefront of the international metalcore scene. On fifth full-length Ire the band set their sights on something bigger, going all in on their artistic vision to create their most

  • Battles – La Di Da Di
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    Battles – La Di Da Di

    An odd-spot of trivia: Battles, the New York outfit perhaps defined by being primarily an instrumental band, have released their first-ever entirely-instrumental album. 2007’s Mirrored featured the warped howls, chirps and cries of then-member Tyondai Braxton; while follow-up Gloss Drop included guests such as new-wave veteran Gary Numan. It’s here, on their third LP overall,

  • Glen Hansard – Didn’t He Ramble
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    Glen Hansard – Didn’t He Ramble

    Half-drunk pints, memories and mistakes – Glen Hansard evokes a whole range of feelings through his latest album Didn’t He Ramble. Prepare yourself for one hell of an emotional journey. Yet, despite his at times melancholic musings, his underlying and unyielding sense of positivity prevails. After all, what’s a good love story without a dose

  • The Dead Daisies – Revolución
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    The Dead Daisies – Revolución

    Classic rock fans, the kind who probably turned off their local hit music radio station in dismay long ago, can take a break from plumbing the depths of their parents’ old record collections in the hunt for new musical inspiration, because here’s something brand new for a change. Sort-of kind-of Aussie-ish supergroup The Dead Daisies’

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