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Where’s the revolution?

2017 is barely six weeks old and Depeche Mode have made an early bid for single of the year with their first release in four years.

This may be their best record yet in a 26-year career, remarkable as much for the survival of rock ’n’ pop’s most notorious drug takers as it has been for the music.

This is the first Depeche single I’ve bought since 1981’s New Life.

Depeche Mode // Where’s the Revolution?

I hate to be one of those people who harks back to an earlier era as a “golden age of pop”, but let’s be honest, 2016 was a distinctly average year, music-wise (and largely depressing otherwise). 2017, there’s a lot riding on you.

Thankfully,New Zealand’s finest is back, with her first release in more than a year, and excellent it is too.

Fazerdaze // Lucky Girl

Philadelphia’s Pet Milk are self-styled proponents of punklife and kitchen-sink romance, perennial victims of post-teenage ennui.

Pet Milk // Ostalgia [rough mix]

Her profile picture channelling her inner Thomas Dolby (look it up kids), Magana’a first release of 2017 is, apparently, “a gorgeous standalone document of her evolving creativity and expression”. What promise.

Magana // Pages

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