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Alternative & Indie - Released June 3, 2020 | 4AD

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 27, 2020 | 4AD

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 26, 2020 | 4AD

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 26, 2020 | 4AD

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 20, 2020 | 4AD

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 19, 2020 | 4AD

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 19, 2020 | 4AD

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 13, 2020 | 4AD

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released May 12, 2020 | 4AD

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released May 12, 2020 | 4AD

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 1, 2020 | 4AD

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 29, 2020 | 4AD

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 15, 2020 | 4AD

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Electronic/Dance - Released April 3, 2020 | 4AD

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Having described it as “A quest for comfort, the search for a resting place”, it almost sounds like Canadian duo Purity Ring are searching for a place to die in their new album, but the title Womb, is instead more of an invitation to stay safe at home and enjoy the life we’ve been given. Megan James and Corin Roddick came out of the shadows in 2012 following the release of their album, Shrine, and have since been endorsed by the likes of Jon Hopkins and Danny Brown. Their artistic approach hasn’t changed all that much and their synthetic pop is still blossoming and finding its fullness and depth in this third studio album which may even surpass the work of their fellow compatriot Grimes, who has a similar style. Roddick’s production is as compelling as ever here and James, with her vocals sounding less and less human, is an expert in making catchy choruses. The duo from Edmonton have released a whole load of potential hits, (notably the ballad rubyinsides, built on layers upon layers of synthesizers, as well as the future pop in sinew and the single stardew), and shown great skill in this album. An amniotic haven that definitely lives up to our expectations. © Smaëm Bouaici/Qobuz
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Electronic/Dance - Released April 3, 2020 | 4AD

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 25, 2020 | 4AD

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 24, 2020 | 4AD

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 20, 2020 | 4AD

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Garlands, the first album by the Cocteau Twins published in September 1982 by the 4AD record label lay the groundwork for that unique post-punk, shoegaze and dream pop combination that the Scottish band would develop until the early 90s. Liz Garland imposes a totally atypical vocal bolstered by a dreamy charisma and which would later see dizzying acrobatics, to which Robin Guthrie adds a wall of sound: his reverb-filled guitar paints electric and often impressionist landscapes. Guthrie also pilots the machines, notably an omnipresent TR-808 which offers a nice balance against the dreamlike guitar/voice solo. On the bass is Will Heggie, who would leave the adventure in due course, replaced in 1984 by Simon Raymonde who is more inspired in this field. In hindsight, even though Garlands remains one of the greatest albums of the 80s, these Cocteau Twins appear to still be searching for some identity, too stuck in the same universe as The Cure and Siouxsie & The Banshees. However, Liz Garland and Robin Guthrie would eventually cut their ties with the cold wave and broaden the colour of their sound to deliver gems such as Treasure (1984), Victorialand (1986), Blue Bell Knoll (1988) and Heaven or Las Vegas (1990). ©️ Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released March 6, 2020 | 4AD

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 6, 2020 | 4AD

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