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Jessie Ware: Devotion

Jessie Ware's glorious solo debut Devotion is a far cry from the UK bass of her prior collaborations, and is twice the record for it.

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Kindness: World, You Need a Change of Mind

Kindness's debut sounds like Adam Bainbridge is trying to party, but he’s so intoxicated he’s not sure what party he’s at. And that's what makes it so much fun.

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Brothertiger: Golden Years

Brothertiger may have once been just another chillwave artist, but to reach his first full length record is a rare achievement for such an act.

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Rusko: Songs

On his sophomore record Songs, Rusko is solid when he sticks back to basics dubstep, while his commercial dalliances are still hit and miss.

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David Guetta: Nothing But the Beat

Nothing But the Beat, despite its occasional glimmer of creativity, is in many ways a showcase of everything that is bad about pop music in 2011: derivative, novelty, shallow, rushed and thoroughly uninteresting.

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Chad Valley: Equatorial Ultravox

With his second EP, Chad Valley is creating a sound that will catapult him from the blogs to the big stages.

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SBTRKT: SBTRKT

SBTRKT is not a bad record by any means, but there are just not enough original sounds here to warrant enough of an identity for SBTRKT to make that transition from "great producer" to "great artist".

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Fenech Soler: Demons

Unlike so many "nu-rave" bands, Fenech Soler is no flash in the pan.

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Kisses: The Heart of the Nightlife

After the blog sensation that was the lo-fi nu-disco gem "Bermuda", Kisses rather hurriedly see the need to release an album, just when blogging seemed to be doing them in such good stead. A hasty move?

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Robin Guthrie & Harold Budd: Bordeaux

As gorgeous as "Bordeaux" is, this collaboration has well overstayed its welcome and fails to engage.

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Toro Y Moi: Underneath the Pine

Underneath the Pine will not smile and hug you when you meet, but with a bit of perseverance it will reveal its secrets, and they're worth hanging around for.

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Violens: Amoral

Violens' debut produces a veritable smorgasbord of sounds, but it's clear they're not quite sure what to do with these sounds.

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Static Recital [UK]

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Friendly Fire [US]

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Röyksopp: Senior

Senior isn't a terrible record, but neither is it a great one. If there was ever a B-sides collection masquerading as a studio album, then this is it.

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Stratovarius: Polaris 2CD/Infinite (Reissue)

After a decade of tedious symphonic experimentation and unnecessarily long songs, Polaris is a return to Stratovarius' frilly cheese anthems of yore. Kind of.

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Chiddy Bang: Opposite of Adults EP

Chiddy Bang come across as inventive and youthful at first, but fall short at the first hurdle.

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