Pop and rock

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Alan Hawkshaw the best-known British composer you’d never heard of
The late musician’s track The Champ was sampled on more than 700 other records, while others pop up everywhere from Jay-Z songs to Milk Tray ads. What links them all is his compositional joy and irreverence

Michael Hann

18, Oct, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Remi Wolf: Juno review – hardly a dull moment
The Californian’s high-energy debut fizzes with imagination

Kadish Morris

17, Oct, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Finneas: Optimist review – Billie Eilish’s brother plays it straight
Eilish’s celebrated producer sibling abandons his adventurous instincts on his largely forgettable debut

Michael Cragg

17, Oct, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Alan Hawkshaw, Countdown and Grange Hill composer, dies aged 84
Leeds-born musician and producer worked with artists such as Barbra Streisand and was sampled in numerous hip-hop tracks

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

17, Oct, 2021 @10:47 AM

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Coldplay review – stadium poppers take the big-time small scale
Chris Martin and co – and Ed Sheeran –launch Coldplay’s space-inspired new album in a venue the band last played in 1999

Kitty Empire

16, Oct, 2021 @1:00 PM

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One to watch: Jamire Williams
A go-to collaborator for everyone from Herbie Hancock to Solange, the LA-based musician explores endless possibilities on his new solo album

Kate Hutchinson

16, Oct, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Elton John scores first No 1 single in 16 years, ending 15-week Ed Sheeran run
Cold Heart, a collaboration with Dua Lipa and producers Pnau, tops chart in same week as hip replacement surgery for 74-year-old

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

15, Oct, 2021 @5:00 PM

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Adele: Easy on Me review – reliably, relatably Adele-esque
The first single from her divorce-focused new album 30 is quintessential Adele: piano, romantic recrimination, and soaring vocal work

Alexis Petridis

15, Oct, 2021 @8:45 AM

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Tenement Kid by Bobby Gillespie – piquantly preposterous
Primal Scream’s frontman indulges himself wildly in this overblown memoir. But underneath all the cobblers lurks a fascinating story

Alexis Petridis

15, Oct, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Joy Crookes: Skin review – vibrant politics and beautiful storytelling
The Bangladeshi-Irish south Londoner’s urgent debut album laces trauma and social commentary with bouncing melody and retro stylings

Alim Kheraj

15, Oct, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Adele’s heartfelt new single Easy on Me wins praise from Lil Nas X and Alicia Silverstone: ‘You always make me cry’
Attracting more than half a million views within an hour of the song being uploaded, the emotional ballad is the singer’s first release in six years

Steph Harmon

15, Oct, 2021 @2:09 AM

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60s hitmakers Manfred Mann: ‘I’ve sung this 10,000 times and never liked it!’
They had screaming fans and transatlantic hits as part of the 60s’ British invasion – an unlikely result for a band of jazz and blues heads. Still touring as the Manfreds, they look back on one of the strangest catalogues in UK pop

Alexis Petridis

14, Oct, 2021 @2:52 PM

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