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Album: Dido, Safe Trip Home, (CHEEKY/RCA)

Say what you will about Dido, she's certainly dependable; for though she's travelled the world since 2003's 'Life for Rent', her musical journey appears to have stalled at the front door.

Out of this world: The Aliens

Refugees from Scotland's Beta Band, The Aliens have turned failure and despair into stirring psychedelic pop. Chris Mugan meets a trio reborn

You write the reviews: Morcheeba, Carling Academy, Oxford

Sitting in a noodle bar opposite the venue prior to this gig, my friend and I discussed the possible flaws of seeing Morcheeba live. How would the electronic chill-out band perform their repertoire? Would they just have decks and a couple of keyboards? Although we had both been fans of the band for years, neither of us had any idea of what they looked like until receiving an email gig reminder the day before. Unfortunately, the press photo of two smartly dressed middle-aged men was not inspiring. No wonder that their A&R guys have chosen not to feature them on their album covers.

Album: Martina Topley Bird, The Blue God (Independiente)

Martina Topley Bird's CV of former collaborators is one of the more impressively varied in modern pop: since she was discovered by Tricky way back in the mid-Nineties, her vocals have appeared on records by David Holmes, Mark Lanegan, Primus, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Gorillaz, to name but a few.

Album: Portishead, Third (Island)

Say what you like about Portishead; you can't accuse them of being in it for the money. The easy thing to do, a decade-plus since their much-adored debut, would be to play it safe and offer up 'Dummy' redux.

Portishead, Apollo, Manchester

Glory days are back with a vengeance

Album: Ceu, Ceu (Six Degrees)

Since Bebel Gilberto's 'Tanto Tempo', it's clear that the slack tempi and comatose-sounding female vocalists of what used to be called trip-hop have colonised Brazil.

Cult classics: 'Pillows and Prayers', Various Artists, 1982

Released on Christmas Day 1982, at just 99p, Pillows and Prayers went on to shift 125,000 copies and hold an almost permanent place on the indie charts for a year. Mike Alway, Cherry Red's A&R man, came up with the idea, vamping a major-label tradition for issuing cheap samplers to raise profile.

DJ Krush, Koko, London

A beat odyssey way out East

Goldfrapp, Guildhall, Southampton

Album: Roots Manuva

Awfully Deep, BIG DADA

Album: Evil Nine

You Can Be Special Too, MARINE PARADE

Album: Fatboy Slim

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