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Album: Alex Clare, The Lateness of the Hour (Island)

Twenty-five-year-old North Londoner Clare isn't the first 2011 newbie to harness old-school soul to modern dance music, but he's certainly the most bracing.

Loin of lamb with asparagus and lovage

Serves 4

Steve Mason, Scala, London

Of all the implements you wouldn't expect to see Steve Mason – ex of The Beta Band and his own side projects, King Biscuit Time and Black Affair – to be wafting around in Kings Cross's dingy Scala, it's a light-up, see-through plastic tambourine. The kind of thing you might buy outside Manchester's Nynex Arena while queuing for a Boyzone gig... in 1995. It looks silly, but seems to fit in with a newfound lightness of soul in the Fife singer. One that was evident – albeit in parts – on his majestic 2010 LP, Boys Outside.

Album: James Vincent McMorrow, Early in the Morning (Believe Digital)

Just as the waft of trip-hop wormed its way on to some unlikely albums in the 1990s, so the values of dubstep (as they manifest through artists such as James Blake) are beginning to be heard in the strangest places.

Album: Ibrahim Maalouf, Diasporas (Discograph)

Lebanese/French trumpeter Maalouf uses a quartertone instrument invented by his father to create impressively wobbly, Arabic-sounding departures from the well-tempered scale.

Tricky, Koko, London

Still tripping on the ghosts of the past

Larry Ryan: Alan Lomax Archive lands on YouTube

In the 30s and 40s, the folklorist and ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax travelled across America recording indigenous songs and oral histories, developing the now-hallowed Library of Congress Archive of American Folk Song.

Tomato salad with lovage and goat's curd

Serves 4

Album: Department of Eagles, Archive 2003-2006 (Co Op)

Former NYU room-mates Daniel Rossen and Fred Nicolaus began life as a muck-about band who, inspired by Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks' Smile, locked themselves into an expensive studio they could barely operate.

My Fantasy Band - Bianca Casady, CocoRosie

'Michael Jackson's sense of rhythm was amazing'

Album: Gayngs. Relayted (Jagjaguwar)

Gayngs is a sprawling US indie supergroup corralled and led by producer Ryan Olson, in which the core trio of himself and Solid Gold's Zack Coulter and Adam Hurlburt are joined by members of Bon Iver, Megafaun, Rhymesayers and several lesser-known bands in creating a series of trip-hop soul grooves.

Between Ourselves, Radio 4<br/>Archive on 4: The Sculptress of Sound: The Lost Works of Delia Derbyshire, Radio 4

Life in the dark, and new light shed on stuff in the attic

Album: Lou Rhodes, One Good Thing (Motion Audio)

As the vocalist in Nineties trip-hop duo Lamb, Rhodes proved herself a grand mistress of melancholia, and though she's since headed folk-wards in her solo guise, her mood remains unlifted.

Alison Goldfrapp has a blonde moment

Alison Goldfrapp claims she's not interested in seeking attention. Ahead of her band's new album, Elisa Bray considers the evidence

Album: Ellie Goulding, Lights (Polydor)

If Goulding looked a little awkward as she stepped up to receive the Critics' Choice award at The Brits, it's perhaps because the Herefordshire lass knew that she wasn't ready for it.

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