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Gin and The Bee Gees, that's about the size of it

Drake: Views review - hip-hop's crabby king tightens his grip on the crown — Midway through Drake's fourth studio album comes a song called Still Here. The musical backdrop is sparse and eerie - its two-chord hook marooned over a scattering of vaguely gothic-sounding electronics - but the mood is self-congratulatory: "Doin' well, dog," he keeps repeating, with the air of a man who might be nodding his head and smiling as he says it.

Brian Eno: The Ship review - bold experiments of varying success — Brian Eno's 25th solo album arrives trailed by a very Enoesque explanation. The latter takes in the sinking of the Titanic, the first world war, the Velvet Underground's third album, an installation in a Copenhagen gallery, Israeli history professor Yuval Harari's acclaimed bestseller Sapiens: A History of Humankind, and the effect of the ageing process on Eno's voice.

Beyoncé - Lemonade review: 'A woman not to be messed with' — Dishearteningly billed as "a conceptual project based on every woman's journey of self knowledge and healing" - a description that makes it sound like something agonisingly earnest you'd go out of your way to avoid at the Edinburgh Fringe - Beyoncé's sixth solo album touches on a lot of potent topics.

Prince was someone you just couldn't understand — It seems strange to relate now, but in the early years of Prince Rogers Nelson's career, there were voices that doubted whether he would ever be truly successful.

The Crosley generation: the record player that has the kids in a spin — I was delighted when my eldest daughter, who is nine, asked for a record player for Christmas. It wasn't to do with any great residual love for vinyl on my part, although I do have a weird notion that the actual act of having to put a record or a CD on might make you listen more closely to music than more modern, convenient alternatives.

A$AP Ferg: Always Strive and Prosper review - more than just Rocky's supporting man — Let us pause for moment and consider hip-hop's supporting characters, its second-stringers, the doughty lieutenants of rap. Their story is always the same: hoisted to a weird kind of semi-fame by the best-known member of their crew's success, they launch their own solo career, but it never quite takes off in the same way as their more celebrated mate, and obscurity beckons.

Jean-Michel Jarre records with Edward Snowden - after the Guardian brings them together — The Guardian's coverage of the Edward Snowden NSA leaks has had a wide variety of repercussions, but perhaps none are as improbable as the latest: a collaboration between the 32-year-old whistleblower and French electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre, on a techno track to be released this weekend.

PJ Harvey: The Hope Six Demolition Project review - potent, beautiful songs and minor lyrical missteps — The Hope Six Demolition Project is an album with quite a story attached. Preparations for the follow-up to 2011's Mercury prize-winning Let England Shake involved Polly Harvey travelling to Afghanistan, Kosovo and the grimmer parts of Washington DC in the company of film-maker and photographer Seamus Murphy, the better to record the effects of war and poverty.

How we made: Sister Sledge’s We Are Family — We'd had a couple of hits in 1974, 1975, we'd been to Germany and made an album with the disco act Silver Convention, but by the time we met Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards of Chic, the four of us had been in the music business for eight years and we were frustrated.

The Last Shadow Puppets: Everything You've Come to Expect review - more a smirking in-joke than a band — It's tempting to say that in promoting their second album as the Last Shadow Puppets, Miles Kane and Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner haven't exactly done themselves any favours. Their debut, The Age of the Understatement, was a widely acclaimed collection of string-laden ballads and melodramatic 60s pop, pleasing proof that Turner could do more than knock out smart indie disco hits about teenage life in Sheffield.
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Apr 22, 2016

RT @Dorianlynskey: "He was the best at what he did, and he did everything." My Prince tribute.…

Apr 22, 2016

RT @andrew_mueller: There is and will be lots of great writing about Prince, but don't miss this, by @simon_price01 for @theQuietus:…/

Apr 22, 2016

@haydngrey Gosh, that’s really kind of you. Thank you!

Apr 21, 2016

@darryljoemurphy Hi there - sorry I can’t do anything. too busy writing.

Mar 20, 2016

@DarrenSole Ha! I’ve not actually heard the new M83 album yet…

Mar 18, 2016

@JoeyNegro Not on whoever does your press’s list, but not to worry - Taste Of Bitter Love in particular is a magnificent bit of work!

Mar 17, 2016

@residentmusic Excellent! I was in your shop this morning - sorry I missed you (if that’s Tom I’m Tweeting)

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