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Jimi Sensational Shandrix Experience Electric Landlady (Brechin All Records) A fivesome of unwieldy party animals who look like an explosion in the basement underneath a music store and a fancy dress shop who rather surprisingly knock out a respectable line in trad reels and jigs with the odd contemporary twist.

Black Mountain In the Future (Jagjaguwar) Once described as psychedelia’s answer to Wu-Tang Clan, this gang of Canadian rock beasts throw down a virulent Flaming Lips meets Black Sabbath stew for their second majestic album.

Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Tim Story Inlandish (Grönland Records) Witness the graceful interweaving of strings and piano on the first album in four years to feature ambient electronica pioneer Roedelius who has been on hand to remix the likes of Ulrich Schnauss, Elbow and Lloyd Cole in recent years.

Rose Rose (Play Records) The influences of Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Alabama 3 and Leonard Cohen play heavy on this sardonic Glasgow quintet’s driving debut album filled with swagger, guts and groove.

Red Hot Chilli Pipers Bagrock to the Masses (Rel Records) More feisty progressive traditionalists; this time it’s a team of pipers tackling the classic rock canon. Their burly renditions of everything from ‘Smoke on the Water’ to ‘Voodoo Child’ have been endorsed by everyone from Paul McCartney to Ewan McGregor.

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