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Nice to get back from a week or so’s holiday and find a heap of new music worth listening to. Quick highlights: Kendrick of course (the U2 track is, against the odds, tremendous); the new Floating Points jam; an amazing Kamasi Washington tune and film; the Como Mamas with a band; and James Elkington and Jeff Tweedy direct from the Wilco loft. Wish I had something to play you from the new (last?) Träd, Gräs Och Stenar album, but it’s very much of a piece with that gorgeous box set from last year. Also amazed and delighted to get Van’s Bang recordings and much more, finally, in a legitimate form, and the Mulatu Astatke reissue is beautiful.

Have fun on Record Store Day, if you’ve got the strength, and grab me a copy of that unreleased Alice Coltrane disc if you spot one. Also, please buy our new issue of Uncut, which is on sale today: I wrote about our Summer Of Love special and the other key ingredients (Fleet Foxes, Dylan, Twin Peaks etc) here.

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1 Floating Points – Reflections – Mojave Desert (Pluto)

2 Kendrick Lamar – DAMN. (Top Dawg)

3 Michael Mayer – DJ Kicks (!K7)

4 Bedouine – Bedouine (Spacebomb)


5 Kamasi Washington – Truth (Young Turks)

6 Dean McPhee/Seabuckthorn – Altar Rock/Pine Darkened Slopes (Sonido Polifonico)

7 Can – The Singles (Mute)

8 Lynn Castle – Rose Coloured Corner (Light In The Attic)

9 Waxahatchee – Out In The Storm (Merge)

10 Träd, Gräs Och Stenar – Tack För Kaffet (Thanks For The Coffee) (Subliminal Sounds)

11 Terry Riley & Don Cherry – Duo (B.Free)

12 Mulatu Astatke – Mulatu Of Ethiopia (Strut)

13 Meredith Monk – Key (Tompkins Square)

14 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Murder Of The Universe (Heavenly)

15 James Elkington – Wintres Woma (Paradise Of Bachelors)

16 Como Mamas – Move Upstairs (Daptone)

17 Lillie Mae – Forever And Then Some (Third Man)

18 House And Land – House And Land (Thrill Jockey)

19 Jeff Tweedy – Together At Last (dBpm)

20 Fleet Foxes – Crack Up (Nonesuch)

21 Prince – Deliverance (Rogue Music Alliance)

22 Cannonball Adderley Quintet – Classic Albums 1959-1960 (Acrobat)

23 The Stars Of Heaven – Lights Of Tetouan (Rough Trade)

24 The Stars Of Heaven – The Clothes Of Pride (Hotwire)

25 Peter Perrett – How The West Was Won (Domino)

26 Van Morrison – The Authorised Bang Collection (Sony Legacy)



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