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When Saints Go Machine: Fail Forever

Fail Forever is an admirable synthesis of the rigidities of dance music and the vicissitudes of pop. Like a night bus ride, it can be simultaneously mindless, frightful, and perversely beautiful.

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Smith Westerns: Smith Westerns

The Smith Westerns show it is possible to pull off garage-style glam rock, and then some.

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Kero One: Kinetic World

Another feather in the cap for the Asian-American rapper.

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DVAS: Society

This Canadian outfit’s second album Society is geared to lubricate dance limbs and aid insobriety with plenty of synth action, but it runs out of puff fairly quickly.

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Eux Autres: Broken Bow

Eux Autres' wish to be considered as more than a band that puts smiles on faces goes unheeded with Broken Bow. But that's okay.

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Tapes 'n Tapes: Outside

They may have revived their indie ethos, but don't expect the clever Tapes 'n Tapes from 2006.

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Bon Mots

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Plug

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Bon Mots Records

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Houses: All Night

Pure hypnogogic bliss from a cabin in Hawaii.

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Apache Beat: Last Chants

Sick of bands from Brooklyn? Don't give up yet, because Apache Beat are all the hype for a good reason.

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Babylon

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jj: no 2

There is little detectable difference between this edition of jj no 2 and the original, so it is clearly for all those late arrivals who missed the first coach of the Swedish pop bandwagon. Summer is not over yet, and neither is the shelf life of jj.

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!!!: Strange Weather, Isn't It?

!!! have a track record of misfortune. Strange Weather, Isn’t It? won’t turn things around for them.

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Warp Records

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Wavves: King of the Beach

This comeback album from Nathan Williams aka Wavves proves that this bedroom musician, who rocks it out with Jay Reatard's rhythm section, is still a darling of the chillwave scene.

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Kode9: DJ-KiCKS

Kode9: DJ-KiCKS is akin to having box office seats at the premier showing of the mental inner workings of an A&R man on a mission. That mission is to restore danceability to dubstep.

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Ratatat: LP4

Ratatat are no longer just quirky electro rockers capable of getting the indie crowd on their feet, but auteurs of musical fantasies you want to experience over and over.

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Two Door Cinema Club: Tourist History

Despite appearances, Two Door Cinema Club have all it takes to not be just another indie rock band.

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Gotan Project: Tango 3.0

Tango 3.0 is much less revolutionary than its title suggests.

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The Juan MacLean: DJ-Kicks

The Juan MacLean goes straight house on DJ-Kicks, but this was a mistake.

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Christian Prommer: Drumlesson Zwei

This second installment of Drumlesson has the producer once again finding the thread between distinct music genres.

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Good Shoes: No Hope No Future

With no delusions of grandeur attached to a debilitating hype machine, Good Shoes seem happy remaining cranky young men in their niche, keeping their less-than-stadium-sized but fervent crowd on their toes.

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