Album, track, gig and club reviews
Song of the Week Yung Gleesh - Lazyness Why a self-confessed “shitbag” rapper deserves great credit for making an anti-banger.
Album of the Week Pure X - 'Crawling Up the Stairs' The Austin band’s close-to-the-bone new album takes a wistful glance at unattainable pasts and futures, while stuck in the tragedy of the present.
Song of the Week Mariah Carey ft. Miguel - #Beautiful Look past the tags and tropes, and there’s a brilliant pop song here.
Album of the Week Savages - 'Silence Yourself' The post-punk four piece’s debut album is bold, bare-faced and difficult to ignore.
Song of the Week Majical Cloudz - Bugs Don't Buzz With just a piano and his voice, the Canadian singer-songwriter sounds bolder and better than ever.
Album of the Week Dean Blunt - 'The Redeemer' The Hype Williams artist’s new album wants you to step away from Google and enjoy it for what it is – dense, colourful, intricate music.
Song of the Week Daft Punk - Get Lucky Hype can only get you so far; great tunes will get you a lot further.
Album of the Week Slava - 'Raw Solutions' The Russian-born producer’s penchant for raw sounds reveals sometimes fresh, sometimes familiar results.
Song of the week Jai Paul - Track 7 The London producer might’ve had a bad week but, musically, he’s not put a foot wrong.
Album of the Week The Haxan Cloak - Excavation Expect the unexpected as you go on this record’s journey, says Robert Darnell.
Song of the Week Robert Wyatt - The Age of Self As revellers ring bells over the death of Margaret Thatcher, Wyatt’s poignant words sound out even louder.
Album of the Week The Knife - 'Shaking The Habitual' The Swedish duo’s new album is bold and challenging, but if you think it’s too difficult then you’re playing it too safe, says Selim Bulut.
Song of the Week James Blake – Take A Fall For Me (feat. RZA) The producer’s collaboration with the Wu-Tang rapper shows he’s in no need of a confidence boost.
Album of the Week Vondelpark - 'Seabed' The R&S trio’s serene debut goes against the tide of expectations, and is better for it.
Album of the week Lapalux - Nostalchic Patience does turn out to be a virtue, as the Essex producer’s debut is a sturdy give and take between the US and UK.
Song of the week Shlohmo - Bo Peep (Do U Right) ft. Jeremih The LA producer and the R&B star have never sounded more zeitgeist-y but are we all just getting off on a jingle?
Album of the Week Deptford Goth - Life After Defo The debut album from South London artist Daniel Woolhouse feels both intensely personal and endlessly expansive.
Song of the Week DJ Rashad - Let It Go In the context of footwork’s history, DJ Rashad’s new single is an innovative and exciting release; and even without context, it’s a killer tune.
Album of the Week David Bowie - The Next Day The superstar’s new LP not only proves he’s “not quite dying”, but that he’s still got plenty to say.
Song of the week Mount Kimbie - Made To Stray The influential UK duo return with vital signs of growth.
Album of the Week Julia Kent - Character Cellist and experimentalist Julia Kent’s album combines artistic freedom with emotional focus, resulting in something totally, overwhelmingly personal.
Song of the week Autre Ne Veut - Ego Free Sex Free The abstract, idealistic passion of the Brooklyn artist’s ‘Anxiety’ album track pushes all of Ruth Saxelby’s buttons.
Album of the Week Atoms For Peace - 'Amok' Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich’s new project does for the body what Radiohead do for the soul.
Song of the Week Saa - Against Interpretation The new-as-they-come duo quietly cut against the grain by building a fluid and open musical conversation.
Album of the Week Maxmillion Dunbar - 'House Of Woo' Maxmillion Dunbar’s new album for RVNG Intl. is a beautiful world of its own.
Song of the Week Justin Timberlake - Mirrors The returning popstar’s latest single is just the right kind of vintage.
CTM festival report [Monday 28th January - Sunday 3rd February, Berlin, Germany] Mykki Blanco, Holly Herndon and Dean Blunt pushed boundaries at the weird and wonderful Berlin festival.
Album of the Week Salva - 'Odd Furniture' EP The Friends of Friends producer’s new EP runs the gamut of styles without sacrificing originality.
Song of the week James Blake - Retrograde The dubstep poster-boy’s return sounds like a man suddenly sure of himself, and is resolutely our song of the week.
Album of the Week Darkstar - News From Nowhere The Warp trio have stepped into a new identity with ease on their second LP.
Song of the Week The Knife - Full Of Fire The great Swedish duo make a very welcome return with a harsh and exhilarating call to arms.
Album of the Week La Big Vic - 'Cold War' Dub’s spaciousness proves vital in not letting the New York trio’s second album suffocate under the weight of its own influences.
Song of the Week The Haxan Cloak - The Mirror Reflecting (Part 2) It’s all just doom and gloom – or is it?
Album of the Week FaltyDL - 'Hardcourage' The New York producer has shed all the additional voices and found his own.
Song of the Week Shlohmo - Later Shlohmo’s beautiful new track conjures ideas of how subjective listening experiences can be.
Album of the Week A$AP Rocky - Long.Live.A$AP A$AP Rocky can be a star, although for a rapper who can take things in his stride, his debut album has a few stumbles.
Song of the week Phaseone - It's Not Forever The bittersweet contradiction of the human condition summed up in song.
Album of the Week Ethernet - 'Opus 2' Whether you let it wash over you, or dive headfirst into it, the Portland artist’s latest album is a fully-realised conceptual space.
Song of the Week Skrillex - Leaving What does it mean when the figurehead for the largest new musical movement in the world right now starts making post-brostep?
Album of the Week Chief Keef - 'Finally Rich' The debates surrounding the Drill scene frontman go above and beyond his music, but his debut album is a reminder of his raw energy and talent.