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DAVE SEAMAN Renaissance Masters The man who has mixed more of these albums than anyone else and - for me - is far and away the world's best DJ, Dave Seaman delivers, with this latest collection, his usual top drawer romp through various degrees of house music.

It was he more than any other jock who showed that progressive house is anything but boring, and here he continues on that quest, cruising through deep, growling basslines and uplifting riffs galore.

This is the sort of set that any club would be pretty privileged to host. MM IAN BROWN nnnnn My Way Monkey man continues to swear that he won't reunite the Roses, but with solo material this good emanating from his studio, I'm sure most fans can forgive him. Standouts for me are Stellify, My Way - which Brown says was influenced by Thriller - and For The Glory, which namechecks his sadly-missed former band. MM

CHROMEO nnnnn DJ Kicks You MUST buy this. Chromeo are the quirky electropop double act from Canada who had a few minor hits with genius tracks like Needy Girl. However, in their home country they are best known for their staggeringly innovative DJ mix tapes - and they've released one of them here at last. Utterly amazing from start to finish, why are these guys not superstars yet? MM

STRIKE THE COLOURS nnnnn Seven Roads This is the follow-up to their debut The Face That Sunk A Thousand Ships. It's no wonder front woman Jenny Reeve finds herself sought after by the likes of Malcolm Middleton - her voice is crystal clear and beautiful and its soulful edge shines through to stop you in your tracks. Gentle indie folk and a lovely autumm evening album. AC

PARAMORE nnnnn Brand New Eyes There's a lot more to this energetic pop-punk outfit than feisty singer Hayley Williams looking good. Their polished but powerful sound sets them apart from many of today's young pretenders. With a slick pop edge yet an angry intensity, they're great live and this album is packed with new anthems. MM

ANIMAL KINGDOM nnnnn Signs & Wonders This London quartet are tipped to be one of the big breakthrough acts of this year. Their debut album is dreamy, ethereal pop with cinematic soundscapes and Richard Sauberlich's delicate vocals. Highlights include Chalk Stars and the wistful Tin Man, and a swirling Mephistopheles hints at a darker side to the band. An album to fall in love with. AC FANFARLO nnnnn Reservoir This was released earlier this year as a $1 download and now gets is full UK release. The London-based quintet, fronted by a David Byrne-sounding Simon Balthazar, use lots of instrumentation seen from the opener I'm A Pilot. It's grandiose and passionate, mixing melancholy with euphoria. AC
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Sep 27, 2009
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