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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.

Ariana Grande: My Everything review every so often a little shard of personality pierces the sheen

In pop, there are "good" girls and "bad" girls. Good and bad (not to mention "troubled") are, of course, lazy and tiresome pigeonholes in which to stuff female artists.

St Vincent review Annie get your axe

St Vincent's presiding genius Annie Clark exerts strict control over wild sonic experiments to exhilarating effect.

Neuroplasticity review more mood music from Cold Specks

I Predict a Graceful Expulsion, the debut album by Cold Specks, was a spectral affair, more mood piece than record.

Sinead O'Connor live review a tigress tamed?

The extraordinary, tear-jerking force of Sinead O'Connor at her best is undermined by too much mid-tempo pop rock.

Royal Blood review muscular debut from Brighton two-man riff factory

(Warner Bros)In January, Brighton duo Royal Blood seemed like a tokenistic entry on the BBC's Sound of 2014. The two twenty-nothing friends might have looked a little like a bearded Disclosure dipped in black Dylon, but they sounded like a riff factory, o

Benjamin Booker review self-titled pugnacious punk blues

Benjamin Booker comes from the same neck of the woods as Hurray for the Riff Raff that's New Orleans and shares the same pugnacious, scuffed-up roots sensibility as Alabama Shakes.

FKA Twigs: LP1 review barely-there R&B reaches ecstatic new heights

By now, those with their ears pricked up will probably know a little about the artist Formerly Known as Twigs, one of 2014's most eagerly anticipated debutantes.

When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day review Mirel Wagner specialises in 'stark yet catchy'

Let's pretend for a moment that the prospect of an artist born in Ethiopia and raised in Helsinki, one who sings Anglo-American folk-blues songs, isn't intriguing.

Beck Song Reader review 'a highly listenable, risk-free album of covers'

Back in late 2012, Beck released a volume of sheet music, a limited edition album housed between hard covers.