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Pop - Released June 26, 2020 | Virgin EMI

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 6, 2019 | Virgin EMI

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Pop - Released June 26, 2020 | Virgin EMI

Rhapsodic dancefloor intimacy became a new specialization for Jessie Ware with "Overtime," the first in a wave of tracks the singer released from 2018 up to the June 2020 arrival of What's Your Pleasure?, her fourth album. Other than "Adore You," a chiming glider made with Metronomy's Joseph Mount, each one in the series was either produced or co-produced by James Ford, consolidating and rerouting a partnership that started during the making of Tough Love. Unlike Ford and Ware's collaborations on that 2014 LP, the new material didn't merely simmer. Hottest of all, "Mirage (Don't Stop)" worked a ripe disco-funk groove with Ware's opening line, "Last night we danced, and I thought you were saving my life" -- sighed in a Bananarama cadence -- a sweet everything if there ever was one. The loved-up energy was kept in constant supply with the dashing "Spotlight," the Freeez-meet-Teena Marie-at-Compass-Point bump of "Ooh La La," and the sneaky Euro-disco belter "Save a Kiss." All but "Overtime" are included here. That makes the album somewhat anti-climactic, but there's no sense in complaining when the preceding singles keep giving and the new material is almost always up to the same standard. Among the fresh standouts, the bounding Morgan Geist co-production "Soul Control" and the dashing "Step Into My Life" recontextualize underground club music with as much might and finesse as anything by Róisín Murphy. Stylistic deviations are few, well-placed, and maintain lyrical continuity with references to the senses as they relate to emotional and physical connection. "In Your Eyes" recalls Massive Attack's "Safe from Harm" with its hypnotizing bassline, subtly theatrical strings, and aching (if less desperate) vocal. Moving in gradually intensifying and similarly slow motion, "The Kill" enables Ware to let down her guard for an unassured lover. "Remember Where You Are," a stirring finale, takes a little trip to cherish the daybreak in Minnie Riperton and Charles Stepney's chamber folk-soul garden, replete with a goosebump-raising group vocal in the chorus. One can almost smell the baby's breath. © Andy Kellman /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released January 24, 2020 | Virgin EMI

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 24, 2020 | Virgin EMI

Preceded by the candid, intimate single "Novocaine," Power is the fifth album from Scottish alt-rockers Twin Atlantic. Inspired by "colours, moods, [and] memories," the project takes a self-described approach of empowerment and moving forward. It was released in January 2020 on Virgin EMI. © David Crone /TiVo
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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released September 27, 2019 | Virgin EMI

Taking its title from the iconic '90s comedy flick Wayne's World, T Wayne's World 3 is the third mixtape from North London rapper Tion Wayne. After a strong year landing spots on hits like Swarmz' "Bally" and NSG's "Options," the tape sees the rapper return to the ground-level rap that built his fan base thus far. With collaborations from Aitch, JAY1, and Swarmz, the project saw release in September 2019. © David Crone /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released January 31, 2020 | Virgin EMI

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 31, 2020 | Virgin EMI

Within four short years, U.K. indie band Blossoms went from small-town heroes to festival headliners, coursing a steady trajectory from scrappy kids on the verge to chart-topping grownups. On their third effort, Foolish Loving Spaces, the group shine with a collection of light, poppy confections that focus on love and relationships. With their hearts on their sleeves, they adopt a charming, almost precious style that packs elastic basslines, bright synths, relaxed guitars, and frontman Tom Ogden's sweet, yearning vocals into a brisk, ten-song burst. With longtime producers James Skelly and Rich Turvey, Blossoms improve upon their new wave-inspired sophomore LP Cool Like You and crack open the painfully hip constraints of their breakthrough debut. Foolish Loving Spaces unabashedly embraces the treacle and fuzzy emotions associated with love in its many forms, demonstrating a graceful maturity and comforting confidence in the process. From the peppy opener "If You Think This Is Real Life" to the humorous "Your Girlfriend" -- told from the perspective of a yearning third wheel -- Ogden's storytelling shines here as each song becomes a vignette of a larger narrative that is relatable and unassuming. The band also takes steps into fresh territory, recruiting a gospel choir for "Falling for Someone" and going acoustic for "My Vacant Days." While "The Keeper" is an adorable anthem that pledges devotion "until we're bones," the bittersweet "Romance, Eh?" resigns itself to the highs and lows of relationships. Additional highlights include the jaunty "Sunday Was a Friend of Mine," which echoes early-era Strokes, and the sleek closer "Like Gravity," which is the lone sonic throwback to their older material. While this set is not as immediate as their first two albums, Foolish Loving Spaces winds up being the one that is most rewarding after repeat listens, an enjoyable, nostalgic ode to pure affection. Coolness be damned. © Neil Z. Yeung /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released April 3, 2020 | Virgin EMI

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Pop - Released November 26, 2019 | Virgin EMI

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 3, 2020 | Virgin EMI

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 3, 2020 | Virgin EMI

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 3, 2020 | Virgin EMI

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R&B - Released April 24, 2020 | Virgin EMI

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Pop - Released November 6, 2019 | Virgin EMI

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Pop - Released January 24, 2020 | Virgin EMI

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 25, 2019 | Virgin EMI

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 18, 2019 | Virgin EMI

3 stars out of 5 -- "Featuring a bluesy acoustic song and a piano ballad, this EP is the sound of a band in flux, testing boundaries, though it's also unmistakably Slaves." © TiVo
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Pop - Released January 24, 2020 | Virgin EMI