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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.

2 Chainz - 'BOATS II: Me Time'

2 Chainz’s second album comes with a cookbook, (shrimp scampi and garlic mash, anyone?) and features Pharrell, Drake and Lil Wayne.