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Thee Oh Sees - 'Drop'

This year at SXSW, San Francisco rock luminary John Dwyer appeared not as part of Thee Oh Sees, the merry psychedelic rock troupe he’s fronted since 2008, but as frontman of The Coachwhips – an ultra-lo-fi garage trio he was wrecking ears with round a

The Afghan Whigs - 'Do To The Beast'

Hey, mimsy buttoned-up slick-haired Sam Smith-alikes - call that soul?

Ramona Lisa - 'Arcadia'

Caroline Polachek has decribed 'Arcadia', her first solo album under the name Ramona Lisa, as a "document of being alone," after creating the record on her laptop in private moments while touring with her band, Chairlift.

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - 'Pinata'

The combination of Freddie Gibbs and Madlib – knuckleheaded rap thug and sophisticated, jazz-loving producer – may sound unlikely on paper.

Kylie Minogue - 'Kiss Me Once'

Producers Of The Moment, Ariel Rechtshaid and Pharrell Williams, on a Kylie album? Why not?

Pharrell - 'G I R L'

Judging by his solo discography, it’s difficult to see why Pharrell Williams’ second LP might be considered An Event.

The Rifles - 'None The Wiser'

Since 2004, The Rifles have ploughed a very particular furrow, releasing album after small-to-midsize-venue-filling album of spiky, straightforward and defiantly unfashionable guitar-pop that’s as aware of its limitations as it is careful to play to its

Mogwai - 'Rave Tapes'

Perhaps it’s inevitable, for a group who’ve carved such a long and unbroken furrow, but almost 19 years on from their foundation, Mogwai seem to be approaching a sort of national treasure status: they are where you look first if you’re after some un

Tindersticks - 'Across Six Leap Years'

To mark 21 years in the ‘mumbling lounge lizard’ business, Tindersticks hit Abbey Road to re-record a selection of tracks that they felt had been “lost along the way”.

The Presets - 'Pacifica'

Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes were an integral part of Australia’s early ’00s dance boom, alongside bands such as Cut Copy.