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1 The Spe­cials Vote For Me

The first new orig­i­nal mu­sic from the ska band in 37 years, this is classy skank­ing com­plete with pianos and strings – but there’s bite to the lyrics aimed at a prospec­tive po­lit­i­cal can­di­date.

2 Lit­tle Simz 101FM

There’s a lovely, al­most drunk reverie to the un­du­lat­ing psy­che­delic pi­ano, pro­vid­ing a wavy con­trast to the rap­per’s gruff rec­ol­lec­tions of child­hood.

3 Health Slaves of Fear

After well over a decade in the game, the hip­ster-in­dus­trial vet­er­ans are now more HD than ever: per­cus­sive bass and mar­tial drums feed goth-rock of con­crete-splin­ter­ing power.

4 Toro Y Moi Or­di­nary Plea­sure

Chaz Bundick sounds jaded: “Does sex even sell any more?” he asks. “I feel like I’ve seen it all.” Yet his saucy, hel­terskel­ter funk feels very open to sen­sa­tion.

5 Lau­rel Halo & Hodge Tru

A dream col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Amer­i­can and Bris­to­lian re­sults in brisk and good-na­tured techno, with quick­sil­ver melodies and head­rush­ing washes of synth.

6 Sônge Magic Hairdo

From the Cameroo­nian-French artist’s forth­com­ing de­but comes this spir­i­tual about the “the mys­ter­ies of the uni­verse” and “beauty tricks of African women”.

7 Gaelic Psalm Singers led by DR Mac­Don­ald Free Church Psalm 43:3-4

One of the stag­ger­ingly beau­ti­ful Gaelic psalms reis­sued as vinyl com­pi­la­tion Salm, recorded on the Isle of Lewis: cho­ral works that sound swept by salty wind.

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