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The five best albums of the month: June

Posted at 12:30 pm, June 30, 2014 in Music & Nightlife

Jack White

If you’ve been outside enjoying the sun for the last few weeks, you might have missed some of the great new music that June pumped into our ears. So let us get you up to speed with five fantastic albums, all of which deserve a permanent place in your music library. Get downloading…

1. Jack White – ‘Lazaretto’

Sure, the deluxe ‘Ultra LP’ vinyl version of this album (featuring locked grooves, a hologram of an angel and more bells and whistles) is pretty snazzy. But you don’t need a turntable to get deep into the ex-White Stripe’s stomping blues riffs and plaintive country-rock… ★★★★☆

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2. How To Dress Well – ‘What Is This Heart?’

It’d be easy to hipster-hate on Tom Krell, aka trendy producer/singer How To Dress Well, but his third album of stark, arty R&B is both forward-thinking and sexy: more than enough to justify his unwieldy stage name… ★★★★☆

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3. Tom Vek – ‘Luck’

We waited ages for a third album from diminutive electropop producer Tom Vek. Fortunately, ‘Luck’ is well worth the three years he took to make it: he’s kept the bizarre factor of his early records, and added a new knack for intimate songwriting… ★★★★☆

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4. The Antlers – ‘Familiars’

The arty Brooklyn trio return with a new album that’s as downbeat as anything they’ve done – but its haze of piano, brass and guitars is seductive and uplifting enough to make it an unlikely summer soundtrack… ★★★★☆

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5. Clean Bandit – ‘New Eyes’

After dominating the charts with their single ‘Rather Be’, the London-via-Cambridge foursome follow up with a pure pop album that unites classical strings and house beats. It’s not edgy, but  with tunes this classy that hardly matters… ★★★☆☆

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Head to timeout.com/albums to check out more great music from the past month, and catch up on the best albums of 2014 so far.

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