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Alex Highton

Alex Highton

Nobody Knows Anything is a much more satisfying listen when in reflective mode, but it maintains a satisfying pace and lyrical intimacy throughout.

Pinkshinyultrablast

Pinkshinyultrablast

Opening with the distant ghostly vocals of lead-singer Lyubov, Everything Else Matters is a soothing and dynamic album.

Micah P. Hinson and the Gospel of Progress

Micah P. Hinson and the Gospel of Progress

Though much has changed for Hinson, still recovering from a near-fatal car accident, these songs have weathered the years with bittersweet grandeur and honesty.

Robin Williamson

Robin Williamson

Robin Williamson returns with his fourth album for ECM, adding to his solo The Seed-At-Zero and his group discs, Skirting the River Road and The Iron Stone.

The Wands

The Wands

Danish psych duo The Wands deliver a colourful and confident debut album of acid rock, filled with light, haze and just a small amount of darkness.

Dems

Dems

Awash with colour, South London trio Dems unleash a brilliant debut in the form of the concise, emotive, Muscle Memory.

Rachael Dadd

Rachael Dadd

An imaginative cluster of oddball pop that pursues spontaneity and contradiction at the very boundaries of the genre.

Hooray For Earth

Hooray For Earth

Racy marks a significant step forward both in terms of sound and creation for Hooray for Earth, a process in which each member has been more actively involved.

Kormac

Kormac

Dublin-based artist Kormac releases his sophomore album, and achieves both cinematic and genre-hopping intrigue.

Anja Lechner & François Couturier

Anja Lechner & François Couturier

Combining Anja Lechner’s classical ear with François Couturier’s jazz background, the album makes for a unique listen.

We Were Promised Jetpacks

We Were Promised Jetpacks

We Were Promised Jetpacks isn’t a band that wants you to listen, it is a band that knows it will effortlessly have your attention.

Alt-J

Alt-J

This Is All Yours is astounding and lives up to the brilliance of the 2012’s Mercury Award-winning An Awesome Wave.

Bahamas

Bahamas

Bahamas returns with a collection of songs that bear all the hallmarks of a composer comfortable in his own skin.

Faded Paper Figures

Faded Paper Figures

From the opening electronic notes of Breathing  to the heavy drum beats of Not the End of the World, the album features catchy hook after hook.

The Moons

The Moons

The Moons’ Mindwaves sees the foursome dive headfirst into rock ‘n’ roll’s dressing-up box in pursuit of the quintessential pop song.

Morton Valence

Morton Valence

Soft riffs and pain you can sing along to is the order of the day, as Left ambles through 15 songs of gentle storytelling.

Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden

Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden

Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden reunite for the beautifully seductive Last Dance. Primarily comprising of new material, the album still finds room for the duo to build on some of Jasmine’s songs.

Woman’s Hour

Woman’s Hour

Conversations takes the listener on a journey, down long, straight roads into a period of introspection.

The Voluntary Butler Scheme

The Voluntary Butler Scheme

One-man powerhouse Rob Jones returns for his third full-length album, rather charming and doting, jam-packed with meandering guitar melodies.

Hausckha

Hausckha

A haunting record, Abandoned City isn’t just about capturing the vibe of the cities left behind; it’s concerned with working out what loneliness means.

Simone Felice

Simone Felice

Raw, naked emotion remains through Strangers, a collection of songs about real people and real life situations with each number having a distinct sense of place.

DENA

DENA

Berlin-based Denitza Todorova’s hip-hop-layered lyrics don’t waste time on metaphors, instead they are clear and concise with lashings of attitude.

Samaris

Samaris

Each song on this record is beautifully crafted, resembling a soundscape more than a traditional piece of music.

Vijay Iyer

Vijay Iyer

Vijay Iyer’s Mutations is a montage of piano, electronics and strings. Constructed from fragmented melodies, the instrumental songs are ever-evolving.

Fanfarlo

Fanfarlo

Fanfarlo’s third album, Let’s Go Extinct, is a joy to listen to, infusing pop anthems with lyrical concerns about the future and human evolution.

Breton

Breton

At the heart of War Room Stories is a wonderful and vast muddle of textures – found sounds, atmospheric synths and subtle movements.

Keziah Jones

Keziah Jones

We rather like the genre name Jones has cooked up to define his music: blufunk. It combines punk, funk and Yoruba rhythms to form a reasonably enticing mix.

Super Electric Party Machine

Super Electric Party Machine

Conceived from the notorious club night of the same name, Super Electric Party Machine has concocted a high octane, fierce explosion of an album.

Davidge

Davidge

Full of electronica and orchestral echoes, Slo Light is a collection of songs built on suspense and varied levels of noise.

Ásgeir

Ásgeir

In The Silence is the debut of Icelandic singer-songwriter Ásgeir, who is already something of a sensation in his homeland.

Vuvuvultures

Vuvuvultures

Combining electronics with a punchy rhythm and a splattering of pop, Push/Pull is an endlessly catchy album.

Susanna and Ensemble neoN

Susanna and Ensemble neoN

A collaboration between singer Susanna Wallumrød and Ensemble neoN, The Forester is a wildly ambitious album that deals with loss, power and loneliness.

Tristesse Contemporaine

Tristesse Contemporaine

Tristesse Contemporaine is a trio based in France with no French members, which delivers synth pop that sounds equally at home in the mainstream or underground.

Beastmilk

Beastmilk

Coming from the same angle as Joy Division, Beastmilk cook up some great songs. Death Reflects Us, in particular, is massive, with huge guitars and perfectly-controlled reverb.

Dear Beloved

Dear Beloved

Barging its way through 12 tracks of stormy, experimental guitars, Hawk Vs Pigeon succeeds in completing a compelling, and totally bonkers album.

The Rifles

The Rifles

The Rifles’ fourth album, None the Wiser, is a fast paced indie rollercoaster which finds the band’s trademark rock and roll sounds once more.

Zsófia Boros

Zsófia Boros

Evocative and passionate are two words that perfectly encapsulate Zsófia Boros’ ECM debut, En Otra Parte.

Agnes Obel

Agnes Obel

As soon as the opening notes of Agnes Obel’s second album Aventine fill the air, it becomes impossible to stop listening.

Black Onassis

Black Onassis

Black Onassis’ unique sound is a potent mix of electronic beats and guitar rock.

Young Rebel Set

Young Rebel Set

Channelling the dulcet, pained tones of Springsteen, Young Rebel Set’s lead singer Matty Chipchase echoes the cadence of Born To Run throughout Crocodile.

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