- From eschewing tattoos and wild partying to remaining grounded in the face of life-altering fame, Imagine Dragons have always prided themselves on rejecting the usual rock’n’roll clichés. And where openly cultivating a wholesome reputation might have impacted negatively on the career of a lot of rock bands, the Vegas-formed foursome have still found themselves scoring international number ones, and comfortably selling out stadiums. This third album was designed with those stadium-sized shows in mind, wielding slick production and huge pop choruses, some of which were precision-engineered by Carly Rae Jepsen-collaborators Mattman & Robin.
- When it’s time to rank the year’s finest rap records, it’s unlikely that Vince Staples’ second LP won’t be vying for top spot. Branded “Afrofuturism” by its creator, Big Fish Theory finds the Long Island MC holding forth on subjects as diverse as fame and institutional racism, and raising Summertime ‘06’s average BPM to deliver industrial, club-optimised cuts that fuse elements of minimal techno and jagged electro with doomy sub-bass. One moment he’s sampling Amy Winehouse discussing the creative process, the next he’s spitting rhymes over productions by the Detroit's Jimmy Edgar or PC Music-trailblazer SOPHIE. Every listen reveals new riches.