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New York’s premier abstract hip hop label goes west to enlist Murs of California’s Living Legends crew, whose angsty lyrics and pained delivery makes for a taxing hour’s listening. Some moments of sheer brilliance (“Gods Work”) help lighten the gloom.


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Revisiting the Sugarcubes debut album Life’s Too Good with Björk and Einar: “God is a bathtub!”

It is 1987 and the Sugarcubes’ extraordinary debut single, “Birthday” is galloping up the charts. As the band put the finishing touches to their breakthrough album Life’s Too Good, Melody Maker’s Chris Roberts learns the Icelandic art of creation, and inspiration from Björk, Einar and their cohorts