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The producers of 8 Mile expect it to do for hip hop what The Blackboard Jungle did for rock'n'roll...

Masami Akita & Russell Haswell - Satanstornade

Noise, basically. Catalogue number 666

The Broken Family Band - The King Will Build A Disco

Seven-track mini album from UK alt.country act

Satellite - Fear Of Gravity

Promising, optimistic debut from 21st-century Prefab Sprout

Power Pop - Three Minute Warning

Ring in the new year with the best in ringing guitars from the USA

The Solarflares - Look What I Made Out Of My Head

Medway-raised ramalama from onetime '80s cult heroes

Billy Joe Shaver - Freedom's Child

Hard-country survivor soldiers on with his 12th studio album

Just Jack - Diversion Tactics

Home-grown hip hop which is proud of its origins

Shy FX & T-Power - Set It Off

Return of drum'n'bass, weirdly

Mick Turner - Moth

Fine Australian guitar sketches

Ian Brown - Remixes Of The Spheres

Monkey man sends out mixed messages

Kirsty McGee - Honeysuckle

Strong debut from sensitive Lancashire singer-songwriter, with Boo Hewerdine providing the backing

Noriko Tujiko - Make Me Hard

Electronic siren songs

LL Cool J - 10

Tenth album from veteran rapper sounds as fresh as his first

Missy Elliott - Under Construction

Business as usual for newly slimmed-down genius

That Old Black Magic

More American recordings with Rick Rubin from everyone's favourite cowboy

Various - Homesleep2: Cover Songs

Italian lo-fi indie label collates impressive covers album

Xzibit - Man Vs Machine

Fourth album from Eminem chum

KTB - All Calm In Dreamland

Gentle debut from youthful singer-songwriter produced by her brother from Goldrush

Various Artists - The Fire This Time

Shaming secret history of the war on Iraq, soundtracked by Aphex Twin, Orbital and co

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The 28th Uncut Playlist Of 2014


There's a song on this new Purling Hiss album, playing again now, that sounds more or less like "Debaser" played by Dinosaur Jr. Along with the intensely spirited debut by Mary Timony's Ex-Hex and a comp of the pre-...