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Little Joy Little Joy (Rough Trade) Strokes’ drummer Fabrizio Moretti joins Los Hermanos’ singer Rodrigo Amarante for this slice of slowed-down 60s pop, with Moretti’s girlfriend Binki dropping in for some adorably dreamy singalongs.
Fabric 43 Metro Area (Fabric) Hand clapping and strutting through 70s disco beats and glowing 80s electro, Brooklyn duo Metro Area (Morgan Geist and Darshan Jesrani) take over the mix and pass on a grinning, upbeat and retro NYC club vibe.
Kelli Ali Rocking Horse (One Little Indian) There’s not a trace of trip hop on Kelli ‘ex Sneaker Pimps’ Ali’s third solo album. Instead, producer Max Richter cloaks everything in a gentle, baroque tapestry of whispered folk vocals, tip-toeing flutes and acoustic guitars.
Neu Gestalt Altered Carbon (Alex Tronic) Like a slower, more numbed and zen version of fellow Edinburgh electronicists Boards of Canada, producer Les Scott often, a bit frustratingly, lets his lush, echoey soundscapes float around rather than reining them in with beats.
Brightblack Morning Light Motion to Rejoin (Matador) There’s a lot of moody build up, but no real pay off on this spaced out, atmospheric swirl around the blues and gospel, led by their very hippily-named singer, Naybob Shineywater.
School of Seven Bells Alpinisms (Ghostly) Dizzying, mesmerising, hypnotic; SOSB are worth the hype, as proved by this shoegazy fuzz of feedback from Secret Machines’ ex-guitarist with feather-light singing from identical twins Alejandra and Claudia Dehaza.