Album, track, gig and club reviews
Album of the Week Chief Keef - 'Finally Rich' The debates surrounding the Drill scene frontman go above and beyond his music, but his debut album is a reminder of his raw energy and talent.
Song of the Week Nautic - Fixxx The British sort-of supergroup have created an utterly fantastic piece of British pop music.
Album of the Week X-TG - 'Desertshore' The covers album proves an unexpectedly personal medium for industrial noise artists X-TG, as the emotional intensity of Nico’s original record breathes new life into their work.
Song of the Week Bayou - Cherry Cola Anonymity is becoming something of a tired marketing ploy in the online music industry, but this tender track from new artist Bayou is an exception to the rule.
Album of the Week Legowelt - 'The Paranormal Soul' Dutch techno hero releases a new album of electrifying, idiosyncratic jams.
Song of the Week The Spaceape – He Gave His Body Over To Science This track off the Hyperdub artist’s remarkable ‘Xorcism’ EP is a powerful vision of bodily subservience, but carries a message of steadfast refusal to give up on spirit.
Album of the Week Steve Hauschildt - 'Sequitur' The Emeralds synthesist’s second solo album is a concise exploration of synthetic androgyny.
Song of the week Jessie Ware & BenZel - If You Love Me The Brixton pop star’s ear for the sound of now makes this 90s rework our favourite new track this week.
Album of the Week James Ferraro - 'Sushi' One of the most divisive artists of the 21st century gears up to release his new album, striking a perfect balance between conceptualisation and sheer fun.
Song of the Week Meek Mill - Dreams and Nightmares The title track to the Philly livewire rapper’s album is a brilliantly evocative opener.
Unsound report [Sunday 14th October – Sunday 21st October, Krakow, Poland] Julia Holter, Fatima Al Qadiri, Nguzunguzu and others helped explore cyclical ideas of beginnings, endings and re-appropriation at this year’s brilliant Unsound festival.
Album of the Week The Crystal Ark - 'The Crystal Ark' Gavin Russom and Viva Ruiz’s new project is pure, intuitive dance music, and a total blast at that.
Song of the week Fatima Al Qadiri - Desert Strike The sinister title track from the experimental producer’s latest project is haunted by the residue of a war that was played out on screens.
Album of the Week Kendrick Lamar - 'good kid, m.A.A.d city' Self-awareness and smart experimentalism sets Kendrick Lamar’s major-label debut album apart from the rest.
Song of the Week Dam Mantle - RGB The stand-out track of the Glaswegian producer’s latest album has all the frosty novelty and all the natural ease of a mature, autumnal transition.
Album of the week Bat For Lashes - 'The Haunted Man' Natasha Khan’s third album is her finest, and Dummy’s first pick for our new album of the week series.
Song of the Week DELS - You Live In My Head The Ipswich MC turned heads this week when he flexed his artistic muscles on a stark and moving new track.
Albums of the week Listening Post: 8th October Read Dummy’s take on the week’s most significant releases, including Caribou alter-ego Daphni, the latest from Tame Impala and Rinse FM’s ode to grime.
Song of the week Darkstar - Timeaway A year in the countryside has done wonders for the Warp trio’s sound and soul.
I'll Be Your Mirror, New York City Glass Half Full Observations on Phlip Glass and Tyondai Braxton’s collaboration at ATP’s IBYM in New York City.
Song of the week Cold Pumas - Fog Cutter Brighton trio return with a bold, brutal antidote to procrastination nation.
Albums of the week Listening Post: 24th September An experimental special, as a bumper crop of out-there releases from artists new and old hit the stores.
Song of the week AlunaGeorge - Your Drums, Your Love In praise of the complicated pop single.
Listening Post: 17th September Albums of the week The records to hear this week, including two strangely elegiac blockbusters.
Song of the Week G.O.O.D. Music - To The World (prod. Hudson Mohawke) Hudson Mohawke’s turn at producing for Kanye West is exceptional as an example of how the digital age elevates people from their Playstation to the global music industry.
Listening Post: 10th September Albums of the week Five stone-cold bangers released this week, with one standout from the kids reaching from Putney to eternity.
Listening Post: 3rd September Albums of the week A classic week for understated out-there pop, as the Egyptian Hip Hop solo project reaches high.
La Route du Rock [St Malo, France] Huw Nesbitt hops over to France for the rock festival but is instead romanced by terrifying soul and atonal saxophone compositions.
Song of The Week Ricardo Donoso – From Sterling To Silver [Digitalis] A exemplary piece of restrained, humane electronica from a Brazilian in Boston heralds Saturn’s return.
Song of the week King Felix – Armstrong Limit Laurel Halo’s latest release as King Felix evokes the stillness of extreme speed, says Charlie Robin Jones.
Listening Post: 20th August Albums of the week A week of huge hitting records in the world of radical pop music, from the south London soul masterclass to Sierra Leonian folk psyche to Brooklyn art house reaching high-higher-highest.
Song of The Week Rick Ross - So Sophisticated feat. Meek Mill Lauren Martin salutes Rawse’s commitment to bossed-up fictionalising on his latest bold banger.
Song of the week Jessie Ware - Sweet Talk [PMR] South London popstar’s got our number on knowing shuffle soul song.
Listening Post: 6th August 2012 Albums of the week A sport classic in the making, our verdict on Antony’s live album and more to hear, read and feel inside.
Listening post: 30th July 2012 Albums of the week A British youth soul classic in the making and the other albums worth hearing this week.
Searching For Sugar Man A film by Malik Bendjelloul How little-known 60s Detroit singer Sixto Rodriguez found superstardom in South Africa is the subject of this must-see new doc.
Song of the week Jeremih - 773 Love [Self-release] Why an ode to the booty call by one of Chicago’s most interesting R&B singers tucked away on a mixtape deserves to be a pop classic.
Listening post: 23rd July 2012 Albums of the week The week’s top free pop listens, streaming away inside.