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Album: The Imagined Village, Bending the Dark (ECC)

English folk buoyed on a current of ethnic rhythm: tabla, sitar, cittern, dhol, electronica ... It's not an easy trick to pull off without sounding self-conscious and contrived – and in truth contrivance is close to the essence of the project.

Album: Santana, Shape Shifter (Sony/Starfaith

While applauding Carlos Santana's dedication of Shape Shifter to native peoples everywhere, it might have been hoped that the album itself were more impressive.

Album: Nick Waterhouse, Time's All Gone (Innovative Leisure)

Nick Waterhouse is another retro-R&B stylist in the vein of Sharon Jones and Amy Winehouse, with the kind of analogue obsession that suggests even the valves of his heart glow: this debut album was even cut on the same Gold Star Studios lathe used by Phil Spector.

Album: Willie Nelson, Heroes (Sony Legacy)

For Heroes, Willie Nelson both delves into the past, with songs from country music's Forties prehistory, and the present day, with covers of material by Tom Waits, Pearl Jam and Coldplay.

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Shaun Ryder’s voice cuts sharply through the mix, every syllable landing cleanly. It’s as unexpected as the sight of a man who has spent most of his 49 years caning it, with a consistency which would put William Burroughs to shame.

Camden Crawl, Various, London

Following last year’s balmy weather, 2012’s Camden Crawl meets grey skies and drizzle that suit its low-key vibe.

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Ska pioneer Brevett dies, aged 80

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John Peel music collection going online

Music fans will be able to rifle through the contents of John Peel's record collection as the late DJ's huge archive begins to be opened to the public from today.

Duran Duran and Snow Patrol to play Olympic Games opening concert

Duran Duran are to represent musical talent from England at a concert marking the start of the Olympic Games.

Album: Norah Jones, Little Broken Hearts (EMI)

An album devoted to the examination of the bits left when hearts get broken.

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