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If this world-fusion outfit had opened their long-awaited new album with the ghastly third-rate funk-rock track that closes it, your reviewer would have instantly pressed the eject button and you wouldn’t be reading this.

Album: Adrian Sherwood, Survival and Resistance (On-U Sound)

Not, as you might anticipate given the title, one of the mixmaster's outpourings of noise-rage, but a quiet, meditative, even warm exploration of slooooow, in dub.

Electric turn of pace: Power (left), ridden by Joseph O'Brien, quickens clear of his rivals in yesterday's Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh

Power surges to Irish Guineas glory

Trainer Aidan O'Brien maintains his stranglehold on this year's Classics and the best may be yet to come

Album: Ifetayo, Black Truth Rhythm Band (Soundway)

It's the muted ring of steel drums that gives the game away that this 1976 re-release is of Caribbean rather than African provenance.

The rise of melancholic dance music

Smiling disco divas turn back – the dancefloors have had a melancholic makeover - but still upbeat enough to simultaneously dance and cry to.

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Kinshasa on the beat

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Disco, the glittering beast on sateen wings

Album: Various artists

World Psychedelic Classics 3: Love's a Real Thing, LUAKA BOP

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Kokopelli, Arista

Album: Moloko

Statues, Echo

Album: Daniel Bedingfield

Gotta Get Thru This, Polydor

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