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Editor's Pick of New Releases, May 2010

Sun is shining, the weather is sweet, yeah, makes you wanna move... Not necessarily to late-90s Brit-winner Finley Quaye, but certainly along with some splendid records released last month. Here's a dozen fine picks from May's new albums crop.

Catch up with previous Editor's Pick articles of 2010 so far.
April
March
February
January

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rsz_deftones.jpgDeftones - Diamond Eyes
(Warner Bros/Reprise, released 3 May)
Recommended by Zane Lowe, Rock Show with Daniel P Carter

"A statement of consolidation, a neatly segued set that finds Deftones playing to their well-established strengths. It won't blow experienced minds, yet still knocks every pretender to the band's throne into the middle of next week."

Read the full review and listen to previews

Deftones - Diamond Eyes
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rsz_flying_lotus.jpgFlying Lotus - Cosmogramma
(Warp, released 3 May)
Recommended by Rob da Bank, Gilles Peterson, Benji B, Nick Grimshaw

"Constantly mutating just when you begin to pin it down, drawing everything around in before rearranging atoms before your very eyes, Cosmogramma proves itself time and time again as mind-meltingly boundless as a black hole."

Read the full review and listen to previews

Flying Lotus - Galaxy in Janaki (unofficial video/audio only)
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rsz_foals.jpgFoals - Total Life Forever
(Transgressive, released 10 May)
Recommended by Zane Lowe, Nick Grimshaw; 6 Music Album of the Day 11 May

"For all their occasionally high-falutin' talk of Arthur Russell and Fela Kuti and the Wu-Tang Clan as influences, Foals' victory here is to loosen up and enjoy the moment. After all, the future can be a self-defeating business."

Read the full review and listen to previews

Foals - Spanish Sahara
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rsz_1the_national.jpgThe National - High Violet
(4AD, released 10 May)
Recommended by Nick Grimshaw, Radcliffe & Maconie; 6 Music Album of the Day 13 May

"Live with High Violet, The National's fifth album, for a while and it rewards patience with songs that colour one's waking existence, becoming vivid night-time narratives when curtains are drawn. After a gradual rise to recognition, the Brooklyn-based band has now delivered a potential album of the year."

Read the full review and listen to previews

The National - Bloodbuzz Ohio

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rsz_gayngs.jpgGayngs - Relayted
(Jagjaguwar, released 17 May)
Recommended by Rob da Bank

"If you like textured, atmospheric and extremely druggy songs, where discordant saxophones glide soporifically through a pink-purple glow of narcotic keyboards, vocals flapping lazily overhead like stoned alien birds... then you are in for a treat."

Read the full review and listen to previews
Read a Q&A with Gayngs on their new album

Gayngs - Cry
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rsz_kelis.jpgKelis - Flesh Tone
(Interscope, released 17 May)
Recommended by Tim Westwood, Fearne Cotton, Nick Grimshaw

"This is surprisingly taut - nine tracks, most around four minutes long - incredibly disciplined for an RnB artist, unheard of for a dance act. And it only improves with further listens, the rich layering revealing itself and the hooks bedding in. It's a sensual and exhilarating album."

Read the full review

Kelis - Acapella
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rsz_nas_marley.jpgNas and Damian Marley - Distant Relatives
(Universal, released 17 May)
Recommended by MistaJam, Tim Westwood

"The fierce integrity exhibited by both could have led to a clashing of egos - but Distant Relatives is the result of a harmonious union, as if these performers had been recording together for several albums. It succeeds where previous "Artist A feat. Artist B" efforts have not."

Read the full review and listen to previews

Nas & Damian Marley - As We Enter
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rsz_crystal_castles.jpgCrystal Castles - Crystal Castles (II)
(Fiction, released 24 May)
Recommended by Zane Lowe, Nick Grimshaw; 6 Music Album of the Day 24 May

"A gauzy tendency dominates this second album, and by going light on oppressive darkness, Crystal Castles have allowed their obvious skill for writing dramatic pop with weird inflections twinkle through, helped along by more than just blazing anger."

Read the full review and listen to previews

Crystal Castles - Celestica (unofficial video/audio only)
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rsz_villagers.jpgVillagers - Becoming a Jackal
(Domino, released 24 May)
Recommended by Rob da Bank, Dermot O'Leary; 6 Music Album of the Day 25 May

"There's a bewitching, precocious charm about Conor O'Brien's debut album as Villagers. Having served his indie rock apprenticeship with The Immediate, the Dubliner's solo offering is a different beast altogether and exudes an aura of maturity that belies his tender age."

Read the full review and listen to previews

Villagers - Becoming a Jackal

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rsz_rolo-tomassi.jpgRolo Tomassi - Cosmology
(Hassle, released 24 May)
Recommended by Huw Stephens

"By the time Cosmology comes to a close it's like the Sheffield quintet has morphed into a completely different band. Compare its closer to the brutal, eardrum-battering attack music that makes up the rest of the record and you wouldn't believe it could be done."

Read the full review and listen to previews
Read a Q&A with Rolo Tomassi on their new album

Rolo Tomassi - Party Wounds
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rsz_teenagge_fanclub.jpgTeenage Fanclub - Shadows
(PeMe, released 31 May)
Recommended by Radcliffe & Maconie, Dermot O'Leary; 6 Music Album of the Day 4 June

"Opener Sometimes I Don't Need to Believe in Anything is fabulous, the guitar thrum and crisp beat creating a sort of organic motorik pulse, before the heavens open and the chorus breaks through like sunshine after the rain. It is as great a track as any TFC have ever recorded."

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Teenage Fanclub - Sometimes I Don't Need to Believe in Anything (audio only)
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rsz_kings_go_forth.jpgKings Go Forth - The Outsiders Are Back
(Luaka Bop, released 31 May)
Recommended by Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show

"Rousing, noisy rambunctious funk, and its passion is matched by the skill and subtlety of the arrangement - KFG understand perfectly that the best funk sounds so spontaneous because it's been meticulously put together."

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Kings Go Forth - One Day


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