ON THE STEREO

THE TUNES ON RE­PEAT IN THE Q OF­FICE THIS MONTH.

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ROYAL BLOOD

I ONLY LIE WHEN I LOVE YOU

The Brighton duo’s new al­bum twists the hard rock jud­der of their de­but into new shapes. This bluesy dirge is a high-point, and only partly be­cause of some ex­cel­lent use of a cow­bell in the cho­rus. Out: 16 June, on Im­pe­rial Galac­tic.

PUMAROSA

SNAKE

The Lon­don four-piece’s de­but al­bum is an ex­cel­lent mix of airy artrock and spacey grooves, and this swag­ger­ing closer re­sem­bles a psych re­work­ing of the Knight Rider theme tune. Out: 19 May, on Fic­tion.

THE DARKER THE SHADOW THE BRIGHTER THE LIGHT

BAD DE­CI­SIONS IN THE NIGHT

Mike Skin­ner’s first solo re­lease since he re­tired The Streets is cap­ti­vat­ing. A slow groove car­ries Skin­ner’s un­set­tled rap and dreamy lyrics. Pi­rate ma­te­rial up there with his best. Out: now, on Mike Skin­ner Ltd.

KEVIN MORBY

1234

Singer-song­writer ups the deci­bels on this giddy Ra­mones sa­lute, which also nods to NY punk-poet Jim Carroll, taken from his new me­trop­o­lis-themed LP. Out: 16 June, on Dead Oceans.

PETER PERRETT

HOW THE WEST WAS WON

Given Perrett’s well­doc­u­mented bat­tle with drug ad­dic­tion, the fact that The Only Ones front­man is re­leas­ing his solo de­but in 2017 is, in it­self, re­mark­able. That songs such as the witty coun­try twang of the al­bum’s ti­tle track stand up with the best of his old band’s out­put even more so. Out: now, on Domino.

KEN­DRICK LA­MAR

DUCKWORTH

The clos­ing track on DAMN. de­tails a chance en­counter be­tween the rap­per’s fa­ther and fu­ture men­tor An­thony “Top Dawg” Tif­fith. The sort of mas­ter­ful sto­ry­telling that con­firms La­mar as the best rap­per of our times. Out: now, on Top Dawg/ Af­ter­math/In­ter­scope.

CHILD­HOOD

CAL­I­FOR­NIA LIGHT

While the South Lon­don­ers’ first al­bum was all shoegaz­ing in­die rock, their new sin­gle sees them com­pletely rein­vent them­selves

with a glis­ten­ing mix of Cur­tis May­field and The Is­ley Broth­ers. Out: now, on Marathon.

FOREST SWORDS

PANIC

The third of­fer­ing from Wir­ral sound-sca­per Matthew Barnes’s top-notch new al­bum, Com­pas­sion, blends dis­lo­cated R&B and ragged hip-hop to con­jure an at­mos­phere of deep, dark dread. Out: now, on Ninja Tune.

BLACK GRAPE

EVERY­THING YOU KNOW IS WRONG

If you found re­cent events in Amer­ica bam­boo­zling, try view­ing them through the eyes of Shaun Ry­der. Taken from the first Black Grape al­bum in 20 years, Every­thing You Know Is Wrong de­clares Hil­lary Clin­ton “an old bird who fuckedup on a com­puter” while band­mate Ker­mit la­bels Trump “a knob­head”. Out: 7 July, on UMC.

HAIM

RIGHT NOW

The MOR grooves and soft-fo­cus cho­ruses on Haim’s de­but earned them com­par­isons with Fleet­wood Mac. The un­usual struc­ture, sparse ar­range­ments and tribal drum­ming crescendo on the first taste from their fol­lowup LP sug­gest the LA sis­ters might have gone “full Tusk” on this one. Out: now, on Poly­dor.

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