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RECORDS / The IoS Playlist: The five best sounds of the moment

Lutoslawski: Symphonies 3 & 4. Los Angeles Philharmonic / Salonen (Sony, CD only). Confirmation that Lutoslawski is an alluring symphonist, Los Angeles a world-class orchestra, and Salonen one of the finest younger MDs in the business. Michael White

Sinead O'Connor: Universal Mother (Ensign, CD/tape/ LP). An exquisite, exhausting, emotional documentary. NB

Bryan Ferry: Mamouna (Virgin, CD/tape). Ten new songs, done with the greatest of difficulty, but you wouldn't know: five of them are models of deluxe R&B (see under Dave Stewart, above). Tim de Lisle

The Prodigy: Voodoo People (XL, single). The flute is funky] Ben Thompson

Diamanda Galas with John Paul Jones: The Sporting Life (Mute, CD/LP/tape). Avant-garde diva and Led Zeppelin bass-player make homicidal soul together. BT