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Crystal Castles: 2 (Polydor) My friend Pete described this as “It sounds like they’re having an awesome party one room over and I’m not invited.” I get what he means – the production is a bit murky in spots and overcrowded, but nothing...

Tracey Thorn: Love And Its Opposite┬á(Buzzing Fly) Tracey Thorn is one chanteuse that I consider essential to pop music. Everything But the Girl has had a curious trajectory over its long history, but her voice remains the constant – and oh, what a voice! Her...

ANBB: Ret Marut Handshake (Raster-Noton) Carsten Nicolai (aka Alva/Noto) with Blixa Bargeld of Einst├╝rzende Neubauten? Sign me up. It’s nothing so off what you might expect – Noto’s signature buzz and pulse is here in full effect, and Bargeld’s...

Stars “The Five Ghosts” (Soft Revolution) It’s about time – Stars has come back to making a full-blown pop album. They’re so good at it that it was always a bit unfortunate that they went down the scattered, twee path of their last couple...

Flying Lotus “Cosmogramma” (Warp) It seems almost like a cliche for white dudes to reference “free jazz” when it comes to electronic music that loosely affiliated, but Cosmogramma earns the reference point. It’s not an album that screams...