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April Release Round-Up

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April - always a mixed month. One minute it's warm and sunny, the next it's pissing it down and you're bitterly regretting your choice of shorts and t-shirt. It was a mixed month in music too, but in a good way. Across the board, from experimental hip hop to good old-fashioned rock 'n' roll, strong releases came in a constant stream. Seattle's THEEsatisfaction and Sacramento's Death Grips continued to bring startling new sounds and voices to hip hop, while guitar heroes Jack White and Graham Coxon returned with solo albums which played to their strengths and provided ample proof of their continued potency.

Speaking of guitar heroes, young Marissa Paternoster and her hard-rocking band Screaming Females were back with their tight second album, Ugly. However, if all that nimble fret-work wasn't your bag, you could enjoy the simple, visceral thrill of getting aurally whacked around the head by hardcore noise-mongers Cancer Bats, or dispense with guitars completely with The Futureheads and their a cappella covers album, Rant.

Of course, April 21 also brought us Record Store Day, an annual explosion of limited addition releases and rarities, such as The Pains of Being Pure at Heart's Acid Reflex EP. However, even without RSD's deluge of releases, there was a dizzying variety on offer in April. Superb freakery came from Labirinto's Kadjwynh EP and Not Bleeding Red, the debut by former Front 212 members Nothing But Noise; South West London rapper Potent Whisper fused politics and post-dubstep on his single 'Sacrifice'; Mystery Jets tried on Americana for their fourth album Radlands .

So much to choose from - so why not get choosing?

Here's what Soundblab had to say:

The Futureheads - Rant

Potent Whisper - Sacrifice

Labirinto - Kadjwynh EP

Death Grips - The Money Store

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Acid Reflex EP

THEEsatisfaction - Awe Naturale

Cancer Bats - Dead Set on Living

Mystery Jets - Radlands

Jack White - Blunderbuss

Nothing But Noise - Not Bleeding Red

Screaming Females - Ugly

Graham Coxon - A + E

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