Wildflower – The Avalanches

Release Date – 8th July 2016 Few albums reach the towering reputation of The Avalanches’ debut studio album, Since I Left You. Released back in 2000 to universal critical acclaim, Since I Left You garnered praise for many reasons, but particularly for consisting entirely of an approximate 3,500 samples from various records, drawing from a number…

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99.9% – KAYTRANADA

Release Date – 6th May 2016 Having spent the last six years flirting with greatness on Soundcloud and as a DJ in several underground venues (see his 2013 Montreal Boiler Room set for reference), Kaytranada’s 99.9% is the breakout album that we have been longing for. Haitian born and Canadian raised, Kaytranada (Louis Kevin Celestin)…

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Headspace – Issues

Release Date – 20th May 2016 “Michael Jackson, Limp Bizkit and Meshuggah meet in the studio for a jam session…” If the above statement sounds like the start of a cruel joke lampooning music genres, it’s probably time to forget all of your preconceptions and listen to Issues’ latest album, Headspace. Those already familiar with…

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The Colour in Anything – James Blake

Release Date – 6th May 2016 There has long been rumour of a curse that accompanies winning the Mercury Prize. Despite a cash prize of £20,000 and unprecedented album sales spikes following a win, recipients of the award can fade into obscurity or deliver a less than impressive follow up to their award winning album.…

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Sleep Cycle – Deakin

Release Date – 6th April 2016 It’s been a long time since Animal Collective’s Deakin (Josh Dibb) opened up a Kickstarter project to raise funds for a solo album in 2009. Finally, the 7 year long ordeal is over and despite the wait and unrealistically high expectations, the project somehow has its happy ending. There has…

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Drones Tour – Muse at the O2 Arena

International Tour Ends 19th August 2016 Muse will always be my favourite band. Despite having made, in my opinion, their last truly great album a decade ago in 2006, Black Holes and Revelations, the band are one of the few of the mid-00s British guitar band boom to have since sustained an enormously successful career. Only…

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Gore – Deftones

Release Date – 8th April 2016 It’s difficult to recall another band in the metal scene that oozes class in the same way that Deftones does. Since the Sacramento outfit’s debut album Adrenaline in 1995, they have consistently transformed their youthful angst into controlled heaviness juxtaposed by soaring beauty. The ironically-titled Gore successfully builds on…

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