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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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For many of us who came of age in the mid '80s, The Smiths probably provided the soundtrack to a political maturing as much as an emotional one. My epochal moment of teenage rebellion came on July 23, 1986, a day I had strategically reserved for the purchase of The Queen Is Dead, so as to...