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August/September Release Round-Up

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As summer turns to autumn, so the thoughts of serious music geeks turn to end of year best-of lists. The last couple of months have given us plenty of contenders for that all-important top 20. As has been a trend in 2013 (and an often delightful one), there were a fair few big-name comebacks,

including a couple of surprises. As with David Bowie's surprise return at the start of the year, most music fans had all but surrendered hope of hearing anything new from much-adored alt-country duo Mazzy Star when they nonchalantly slouched back into our lives with Seasons of Your Day, their first album for over a decade.

Pixies were also back with an EP of robust new material, albeit minus the bass-playing and Chesire cat grinning of Kim Deal. Arcade Fire gave us a taste of what to expect on their much-longed-for new album with the seven-minute disco-angst of 'Reflektor', featuring guest vocals from Mr Comeback himself, David Bowie.

The comebacks continued with Manic Street Preachers, Yuck, Arctic Monkeys, Sebadoh, Babyshambles, Mark Lanegan, MGMT and Kings of Leon causing entire generations of alt-rock fans to wet themselves in excitement. Those searching for more recent rock thrills could be sated by releases from The Naked and Famous, PINS and the unfortunately David Cameron-endorsed Haim.

Further leftfield, there were new albums from electronica wizard Oneohtrix Point Never, recently signed to Warp Records, Icelandic experimentalists Mum (whose new album Smilewound featured a surprise appearance by Kylie Minogue), and the reliably bonkers No Bra, whose Candy is a shoo-in for most out-there release of the year. If Kylie's looking to make any more guest appearances, may we suggest looks up No Bra's number? Crossover hit of 2014? Yes please.

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