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With a career snaking back to the early eighties with Depeche Mode and a second chart bothering outfit with Alison Moyett in Yazoo (or just plain Yaz to our American cousins) before creating the colossal 45rpm success story that is Erasure Vince Clarke can reasonably claim to know a little bit about making successful pop music, and with Erasure currently in a holding pattern with only a compilation album in the racks to celebrate their thirty year career and Andy Bell busy with his one man show Torsten The Beautiful Libertine Clarke has once again struck out on a new collaborative venture (for his new label Very Records no less) this time with Orbital's Paul Hartnoll, and yes it sounds exactly what you would hope a record created by the king of disco-pop nous and the doyen of festival rave-ups would sound like. We emailed him at home in Brooklyn...
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Track Of The Year

Lars and Martin Horntvedt and Mathias Eick. It's not often that one single track bonds the entire TM-Towers team into a homogenous whole rather than a group of bickering duffers obsessed with 'their' music, but Jaga Jazzist actually managed such a feat this year with the utterly gobsmacking prog-jazz breakbeat lunacy of 'Starfire' (from the album of the same name), and then went one stage further and recreated it better live for a radio broadcast in the US - just watch the grin-inducing wired intensity of drummer Martin Horntvedt as he hammers buggery out of a tiny kit...
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Mexrrissey

El Gato In El Sombrero OK, so it's not the most 'out there' idea we've ever heard (Hayseed Dixie's bluegrass metal covers and Dread Zeppelin's skanking makeover of the rock behemoths back catalogue for two) but a Mexican Morrissey covers band is right up there with those ideas that scream 'really?' Moz fans will already be aware of the almost mythical regard the be-quiffed one is held in Mexico so it's not quite as mad as it sounds and what makes it worthy of attention is that it is done with such gusto, check this cover of 'Suedehead' ('Estuvo Bien')
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Best of 2015

top twenty albums 2015 Another year another avalanche of repackaged old record company goods (some of 'em pretty good to be scrupulously fair), but in amongst the re-masters and re-releases there are still plenty of 'new' releases to entice and excite (plus depress and disappoint, but we have no interest in those), and so we come to that time of year once again where we look back over the year and then cherry pick the 20 best new releases just for you so that you know what to listen to without wading through the dross.
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