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Editor's Pick of New Releases, July 2010

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Mike Diver Mike Diver | 17:49 UK time, Monday, 9 August 2010

The cream of July's album crop, ripe for investigation if they're not yet on your radar (or, more importantly, on your stereo)...

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rsz_big_boi.jpgBig Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
(Def Jam, released 5 July)
Recommended by Tim Westwood, Zane Lowe; 6 Music Album of the Day

"Sir Lucious Left Foot is a potent reminder of one of the more consistently inventive forces in rap. This splendid solo adventure from the Outkast member confirms Antwan Patton as one of the best pop-leaning hip hop artists around."

Read the full review and listen to previews
Read our Album Reviews Q&A with Big Boi

Big Boi - Shutterbugg
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rsz_fang_island.jpgFang Island - Fang Island
(Sargent House, released 5 July)

"Come on in and enjoy the sound of a band who describe these delectably dizzying ditties as the aural equivalent of 'everyone high-fiving everyone'. A collection that screams, from its first notes: party on, and on, and on, dudes... As instantly refreshing as dunking your head in a paddling pool."

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Fang Island - Daisy
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rsz_mystery_jets.jpgMystery Jets - Serotonin
(Rough Trade, released 5 July)
Recommended by Steve Lamacq, Rob da Bank; 6 Music Album of the Day

"Under the watch of venerable, veteran producer Chris Thomas (whose credits include The Beatles, Sex Pistols and countless others) these west Londoners have made a varied, touching, excitable and witty third album."

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Mystery Jets - Dreaming of Another World
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rsz_the-dream.jpgThe-Dream - Love King
(Def Jam, released 5 July)

"The man behind Rihanna's Umbrella and Beyoncé's Single Ladies keeps plenty of winning tunes for himself, as his third solo album of lady-chasing RnB proves. Already massive in the US, can The-Dream break the UK? Britain, it's over to you..."

Read the full review and listen to previews

The-Dream - Love King
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rsz_dangermouse.jpgDanger Mouse and Sparklehorse - Dark Night of the Soul
(Parlophone, released 12 July)
Recommended by Zane Lowe; 6 Music Album of the Day

"Boasts the best in dusty, scratchy balladry, undoubtedly guided by Mark Linkous's much-missed hands. It's a complex, winding late-night soundtrack that doesn't move too fast, but never stops to question the judgement of its own unique outsider logic."

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Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse feat. Vic Chesnutt - Grim Augury (audio only)
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rsz_jammer.jpgJammer - Jahmanji
(Big Dada, released 12 July)
Recommended by MistaJam

"It's not hard to see why Jammer has remained a respected producer on the grime scene for some 10 years. Jahmanji is proof that, if left alone by the mainstream, leftfield music will evolve not only intelligently but quite spectacularly."

Read the full review and listen to previews

Jammer feat. Boy Better Know - 10 Man Roll
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rsz_janelle.jpgJanelle Monáe - The ArchAndroid
(Atlantic, released 12 July)
Recommended by Gilles Peterson, Benji B, MistaJam

"Across the breadth of the record songs and icons are recalled and reinvented, flickering like ghosts you recognise but can't quite place; Monáe's skill is to fashion them into something bordering indefinable. She is an easy, natural star."

Read the full review and listen to previews

Janelle Monáe - Cold War
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rsz_mount_kimbie.jpgMount Kimbie - Crooks & Lovers
(Hotflush Recordings, released 19 July)
Recommended by Gilles Peterson, Rob da Bank

"Unmoored and out there, Mount Kimbie come across in interviews as a little startled themselves by what they've come up with, and continue to come up with, but that's all to the good. They've no idea where they're going. Go with them."

Read the full review and listen to previews

Mount Kimbie - Would Know

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rsz_hammock.jpgHammock - Chasing After Shadows... Living With the Ghosts
(Hammock Music, released 19 July)

"Anybody moved by the likes of Sigur Rós or Stars of the Lid, as well as the more bombastic Mogwai and Godspeed, are encouraged to investigate a band that effortlessly transports the listener to extraordinary mind's-eye horizons."

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Hammock - Breathturn

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