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“The whole church just flipped out,” says Louisiana-born Du­rand Jones, re­call­ing of his pub­lic singing de­but. “That’s when I re­alised maybe I could make some­thing of this.” Which he did in 2012: af­ter a move to In­di­ana to study mu­sic, he formed his soul band DU­RAND JONES AND

THE IN­DI­CA­TIONS and spent Sun­days putting vin­tage-model R&B onto Tas­cam tape, re­sult­ing in 2016’s self-ti­tled de­but (reis­sued this year in ex­panded ver­sion). Songs are raw, built around Jones’s nu­anced emo­tional rasp (think Otis to Sam Cooke). Live, they are equally ex­plo­sive: with Jones an­i­mat­edly fronting a su­per-tight re­vue-band, soul sat­is­fac­tion is guar­an­teed. Lois Wil­son

Ti­juana-based MINT FIELD – 21-year-olds Estrella Sánchez (vo­cals & gui­tar) and Amor Amezcua (drums & synths) – make an im­pres­sive noise for a duo. Their sound is vast and con­tem­pla­tive, some­times driv­ing and abra­sive, with songs prompted by “ob­serv­ing spe­cific mo­ments in na­ture,” says Amezcua. Their de­but al­bum Pasar De Las Luces is in a dream-pop/post-rock lin­eage that stretches from Sonic Youth and Slow­dive through to Mog­wai and The xx, though for Sanchez, her in­spi­ra­tion reaches back fur­ther to the ethe­real post-punk of 4AD: “I re­mem­ber lis­ten­ing to El­iz­a­beth Fraser,” she says, “and think­ing she has the most unique and melan­cholic voice.” Joe Banks

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