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M83 - DSVII

M83 – DSVII

by Ben Devlin

In an era of streaming where algorithmically selected playlists provide background music and the internet provides an abundance of opportunities to listen casually, ambient music…



Metronomy – Metronomy Forever


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Gruff Rhys – Pang!


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(Sandy) Alex G – House Of Sugar


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Iggy Pop – Free


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Frankie Cosmos – Close It Quietly


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Modern Nature – How To Live


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Alexander Tucker – Guild Of The Asbestos Weaver


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Bat For Lashes – Lost Girls


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Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell!


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Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Bryce Dessner & Eighth Blackbird – When W...


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Festival Review: Leeds 2019


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