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Album: Au Revoir Simone, Still Night, Still Light, (Moshi Moshi)

The electro-pop popettes' third album finds the trio leaving behind the frothy pop of previous efforts and entering a Dark Phase.

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Album: Fischerspooner, Entertainment, (Low recordings)

Fischerspooner are the electroclash/performance-art project comprising lampshade-headed frontman Casey Spooner, reclusive boffin Warren Fischer and an enormous supporting retinue of choreographers, dancers and make-up artists.

Album: Depeche Mode, Sounds of the Universe (Mute)

Playing the Angel, from 2005, constituted a muscular return to form for Depeche Mode, but set a standard that Sounds of the Universe struggles to live up to.

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The departure of Florian Schneider from Kraftwerk marks a significant shift in the pioneering electronic group's musical chemistry. After a fruitful partnership lasting almost four decades, the creative core of Schneider and fellow founder member Ralf Hütter has been broken, which to electronic music aficionados is the equivalent of Lennon and McCartney splitting up.

Album: Stereolab, Chemical Chords (Duophonic/4AD)

Stereolab have made no fewer than 11 albums, many more than indie titans like Blur, Oasis, The Smiths and New Order, and far outstripping the output of technopop peers such as Depeche Mode, The Human League and even Kraftwerk – yet their appeal remains as inscrutable here as on their earliest releases.

Album: The Presets, Apocalypso (Modular)

The Presets are a thirty-something duo from Sydney whose musical CV includes Silverchair and the Dissociatives and who have been loosely affiliated with the nu-rave movement, but whose sound has more in common with the retro-futurist likes of Shiny Toy Guns.

Album: Moby, Last Night (Mute)

After making his fortune turning samples of blues records into a soundtrack for a million computer ads, bald vegan god-botherer Moby has fallen back in love with dance music.

Legends of the Bridge House: The venue everyone loved

Iron Maiden, Midge Ure, Mick Jagger – they all rocked in Canning Town

Concrete circles and glass spirals

A house that includes a pool table, a swimming pool and a recording studio? Yes, it belongs to a rock star. But Vince Clarke's home has other imaginative features, too

Album: Ladytron

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Music: Sleeve Notes

IN A rare show of Euro-harmony, a number of UK musicians are uniting with other European acts in a high-profile move to fight music piracy on the Net. Many have welcomed the Net as a cheap alternative to traditional retailing - but not everyone. Not Robbie Williams, The Corrs and Boyzone, at any rate. After all, music piracy is estimated to cost the industry more than pounds 3m a year, world-wide.

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