Album: James Vincent McMorrow, Early in the Morning (Believe Digital)

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Just as the waft of trip-hop wormed its way on to some unlikely albums in the 1990s, so the values of dubstep (as they manifest through artists such as James Blake) are beginning to be heard in the strangest places.

JVM is an Irish singer-songwriter who might, in other times, have found himself compared to Ray LaMontagne. That his debut is shrouded in vaporous vocals tells us everything about the here and now and little about him. Gets better as such artifice slips, though. Simmy Richman