Joe Goddard “Electric Lines”

Hot Chip linchpin delivers a second solo album of melodic house music. There is lots to savour here – split between vocal and instrumentals, not least the utterly essential “Music is the Answer”. However, an uneven second-half featuring a couple of slower numbers and the lumpy “Funk You Up” break the spell. 7/10

Future Islands “The Far Field”

Baltimore three-piece consolidate the success achieved with 2014’s “Singles” with slightly more cohesive album (now with added drummer). It flags a little towards the end, but there is enough pathos and trademark soul-searching from vocalist Samuel T Herring to warrant our continued adoration. 8/10

Hauschka “What If”

Latest album from Volker Bertelmann features extensively manipulated piano works – sitting somewhere between modern classical and electronica. Complex, beautiful and endlessly rewarding, “What If” is already a contender for album of the year. 9/10

Depeche Mode “Spirit”

Umpteenth album from the ex-Basildon boys. After three Ben Hillier produced albums, the change of producer to James Ford (of Simian Mobile Disco fame) was welcome. Unfortunately, Spirit isn’t blessed with a particularly strong suite of songs. There is a distinct lack of depth, with the whiff that these new (largely mid-tempo) songs are built for playing live. It’s all a bit route one. And very metallic sounding. “Where’s the Revolution” and “Cover Me” are probably the picks. 5/10

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