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The Lim­er­ick-born Richard D James is the go-to guy if you’re af­ter bite-your-legs-off cut­ting-edge elec­tronic mu­sic. A DJ, pro­ducer, la­bel boss (Rephlex) and remixer with a string of al­ter-egos, James has some sem­i­nal re­leases to his name, no­tably Se­lected Am­bi­ent Works and the crunchy, freaky wipe-out of Win­dowlicker and Come To Daddy and other as­sorted acid-techno brain­dances.


Tricky’s new album Knowle West Boy sees him bring­ing it all back home to the ‘hood where he spent his youth. It’s a fan­tas­tic album, eas­ily his most co­he­sive and en­gag­ing col­lec­tion since he first rhymed “they call me Tricky for par­tic­u­lar rea­sons” all those years ago when he was run­ning with the Wild Bunch. www.mys­­cola


Cur­rently plug­ging Juke­box, her sec­ond album of cov­ers, Cat Power has taken some right twists and turns in the road over the course of nine al­bums. Whether it’s the sweet, slow­core de­lights of 2006s The Great­est or re­work­ing songs by The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan or Nina Si­mone, Power’s a one-off. www.mys­­power


Hear the drum­mer get wicked. John Stainer’s high-rise cym­bal may get all the vis­ual wows when Bat­tles go to work, but this is a group where all four mem­bers are ca­pa­ble of strik­ing win­ning notes. Their pul­sat­ing tribal clat­ter, best seen on boom tune At­las, has won ap­plause from world­wide and their Ir­ish fan base, con­tin­ues to grow. www.mys­ bat­tles­the­band


Full-bod­ied rock­tron­ica is what God is an Astro­naut bring to this par­tic­u­lar party. Their three al­bums to date has seen them be­com­ing a band more than ca­pa­ble of turn­ing the quiet-loud-quiet for­mula into some­thing hugely in­fec­tious and, on oc­ca­sions, ri­otous. www.mys­ godis­anas­tro­naut

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