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SBTRKT: Wonder Where We Land review dizzying electronic soundscapes

Second time around, London producer SBTRKT’s dizzying electronic soundscapes are fleshed out by all sorts of voices: returnees Sampha and Jessie Ware, plus Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend (on the terrific retro funk of New Dorp. New York), Chairlift’s

Goat: Commune review back into the psychedelic groove

Goat’s first album, 2012’s World Music, fused African music, psychedelia and elaborately costumed Swedish eccentricity.

Leonard Cohen: Popular Problems review brief, satisfying, full of surprises

Popular Problems is principally concerned with conflict, disaster and the almighty, but the second great gag on Leonard Cohen's 13th album is to start it with Slow, a fabulously sleazy blues about making the moment last.

My Brightest Diamond: This Is My Hand review operatic cult stars most accessible album yet

Butterfly-voiced and art-minded, My Brightest Diamonds Shara Worden has, thus far, been a familiar name to a limited coterie of left-field pop fans.

Allah-Lahs: Worship the Sun review sun-dappled and faintly sinister

Naturally, for a band made up of former second-hand record shop employees, the title of Allah-Lass second album makes reference to a song by an indie touchstone Felts I Worship the Sun.

Robert Plant: Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar review a candid and tender break-up album

(Nonesuch)Seven years ago, two equal and opposite forces clashed in the musical life of Robert Plant. In October 2007 the singer released Raising Sand, a landmark album with bluegrass artist Alison Krauss that scooped five Grammy awards. This million-plus

Goddess review Banks is slow-burning, fidgety and attractively troubled

(Harvest)Penumbral, sultry and digital, the early-2010s vogue for minimal R&B shows no signs of abating. Having set blogs alight last year, Los Angeles singer Banks has since toured with the scene don, The Weeknd, and her debut album sounds exactly as you

Kate Bush review a magical new dawn

Hammersmith Apollo, LondonWhat is truly thrilling about Kate Bush's comeback is how little her voice, or her questing spirit, have changedKate Bush, you notice, is barefoot. It is rather wonderful that she has taken her shoes off and thrown them in the la

Indiana: No Romeo review dance-pop that's no stranger to despair

Dressing despair up as dance music is an idea older than disco itself.

Mean Love review easy-going psychedelic groove pop from Sinkane

(DFA)Brooklyn's Ahmed Gallab has been many things a multi-instrumental Yeasayer and Caribou collaborator, the band leader in the recent William Onyeabor revival tour, and a recording artist in his own right, now on a couture indie-dance label.