RECORDS: THE IoS PLAYLIST

THE FIVE BEST SOUNDS OF THE MOMENT
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Elastica: Elastica (Deceptive, CD/ LP/tape). Justine Frischmann and company's long-awaited dbut. Fifteen spiky gems, some of which are even longer than two minutes - every bit as good as the old wave of new wave. Nicholas Barber

Radiohead: The Bends (Parlophone, CD/LP/tape). Oxford's answer to Nirvana, proving there is life after their brilliant single, "Creep". Social inadequacy turned into art. NB

The Pastels: Mobile Safari (Domino, CD/LP/tape). Blithe and spirited return of criminally under-rated Scottish lo-fi pioneers. BT

Sunchilde: Flava Pack (Sony S2, single). Seductively funky US newcomers sock it to Columbus. BT

Kirsty MacColl: Galore - The Best of (Virgin, CD/tape). Tunes, jokes, home-spun wisdom, singles you might have forgotten but had never got tired of: a near-perfect compilation.

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