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Listen up! Six new albums to soundtrack your week

Posted at 1:30 pm, June 8, 2015 in Music & Nightlife
Muse

Monday blues? Fill your ears with this lot.

Muse – ‘Drones’
★☆☆☆☆

We called the new Muse album ‘tactless and crass’, saying that Matt Bellamy’s trio are ‘stuck in a glam-rock rut’. If that hasn’t put you off, you can stream it from today. Read our full review.


Of Monsters And Men – ‘Beneath the Skin’

★★★☆☆

Perhaps we’re still buzzing from Vienna 2015, but this second LP by the Icelandic band feels a bit Eurovision. Mumford-inspired folk-pop stomping has become increasingly popular over the last few years, and while no one does euphoric bombast as winningly as OMAM, compared to their debut this is short on energy and memorable tunes. More than nul points, but it’s no ‘Waterloo’. James Manning


Daughn Gibson – ‘Carnation’

★★★☆☆

Daughn Gibson’s 2013 album ‘Me Moan’ was a bizarre-but-brilliant mash-up of electronica, country and doomy alt rock. It sounds like he’s spent the two years since sharpening his songwriting skills and listening to loads of ’80s synthpop. The highlights here (‘Shatter You Through’ is essential) smack of Japan, Duran Duran and ‘Avalon’-era Roxy Music: another weirdly fitting addition to Gibson’s sonic smorgasbord.  James Manning


FFS – ‘FFS’

★★☆☆☆

Congratulations on the name, if nothing else. This Franz Ferdinand/ Sparks mash-up sets out its stall with the song ‘Collaborations Don’t Work’. On the evidence, they’re right. The tone is pure Sparks; FF contribute some indie guitars, but since the Mael brothers have never been shy of a stonking riff, they seem a bit redundant. This town is more than big enough for the both of ’em, just not in the same room. Chris Waywell


Spectrasoul – ‘The Mistress’

★★★★☆

The London drum and bass duo return with 13 tracks to prove that one of dance music’s most enduring genres can still be as brave and invigorating as during its ’90s heyday. ‘The Mistress’ tempers brutal sonic touches with cinematic soundscapes and deliciously soulful vocals, demonstrating the depth left in D&B. Jonathan Cook


Leftfield – ‘Alternative Light Source’

★★★☆☆

This is only the third album from the dance dons who achieved a ’90s landmark with ‘Leftism’. A lot has changed over the last two decades on the playing field – and Leftfield… well, not so much. There are some fiery hints of their classic, moody bangers (check out the title track and ‘Little Fish’) but a fair few cuts sound like ‘Leftism’ outtakes. Tristan Parker


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