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ICEAGE

How Many Mata­dor

★★★★ At first I have to check that my lap­top isn’t hav­ing a con­nip­tion. This new sin­gle from the Danes re­ally does sound like two dif­fer­ent Smiths demos play­ing simultaneously, at the wrong speed. Singer and sil­ver­tongued lyri­cist Elian Ben­der Ron­nen­felt – “Such a per­fect lover I could be­come/An al­liance in body and mind”(!?) – has even mas­tered Mor­ris­sey’s trade­mark “purr”, a vo­cal tic they ap­par­ently both now share with Moz’s old neme­sis the Queen. But How­Many re­wards more than one air­ing. Iceage’s third al­bum, Plough­ing Into the

Field of Love, is out Oc­to­ber 6th.

DAMIEN RICE

I Don’t Want to Change You

Warner ★★★ Tor­tured mid­dle-of-the-road artist Damien Rice re­turns from eight years of, pre­sum­ably, skulk­ing in the woods and con­duct­ing ad­vanced ex­per­i­ments with fa­cial hair. His third al­bum, My Favourite

Faded Fan­tasy, was recorded in LA and Ice­land with Rick Ru­bin. “Love is not for fun,” he pro­nounces on this, its first of­fi­cial sin­gle. Of course, know­ing mis­er­able old Rice cakes, he prob­a­bly says the same thing about crazy golf.

KEN­DRICK LA­MAR

i In­ter­scope ★★★★ La­mar’s 2012 ma­jor la­bel de­but, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, sur­veyed the re­al­i­ties of life in the Comp­ton ghetto. But on this first track from the rap­per’s un­ti­tled follow-up (con­structed around a de­li­cious sam­ple of the Is­ley Brothers’ That Lady), he sounds as though he’s cruis­ing up the Pa­cific Coast High­way with the hood rolled down. Sure, gang vi­o­lence and po­lice ha­rass­ment still form the back­drop to some of th­ese lyrics. But this is the sound of a man ris­ing above the past and look­ing to the fu­ture.

SIMI CROWNS

Pres­sure ★★★ Nige­ria-born rap­per Simi Crowns earned air­play across the coun­try with this an­them about over­com­ing the odds and achiev­ing suc­cess. In the video, filmed at Dublin’s Beau Jack Box­ing Club, he get the crap beaten out of him. Swings and round­abouts, eh?

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