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As the summer swings into August, Hampshire-born Frank Turner returns with his latest album, Positive Songs For Negative People. Blondes bring new music, too, with the release of Persuasion, and on the singles side of things we have the latest from the woman who is all about the bass, and something a little more off the radar by Tobias Jesso Jr.

Positive Songs For Negative People is Frank Turner’s follow up to 2013’s Tape Deck Heart. His sixth LP has been headed by the release of ‘The Next Storm’ last week, and Turner describes the album as “a record of defiance, about picking yourself up when you’re down”. The perfect accompaniment to our recent rainy weather, then. Out via Xtra Mile.

The latest release from New York City-based electronic duo, Blondes, is the three-track EP Persuasion. The duo are known for their airy and slow-burning euphoric dance music, combining tumbling electronic work with distant, echoing vocals- whilst sometimes abolishing vocals all together. Its release follows their Touched EP earlier this year. Out via RVNG.

Another One is Mac DeMarco’s mini-album of love songs. Speaking of the Another One, DeMarco details that the eight tracks will look at love with little problems, from all angles. Self-describing his style as “jizz-jazz”, this album is infused with twanging guitars, breathy vocals and a chilled out vibe. Out via Captured Tracks.

You may have heard Grades’ recent collaboration with Bastille for ‘Torn Apart’ and now the London-based producer is back with his second single King’. Quirky but easy to listen to – relatively chilled electronic music. Debut album out later this year; one to watch in the second half of 2015. Out via Warner.

Despite being relatively unknown, Tobias Jesso Jr recently performed his latest single Without You’ in a brilliant live performance on the acclaimed Later… with Jools Holland show. Obvious vocal comparisons to the great John Lennon aside, Jesso Jr’s thoughtful lyrics and delicate piano notes make for a wonderfully put-together track. Out via True Panther.

More so than in her previous singles, Trainor’s brilliant vocals stand out in the heartfelt ballad ‘Like I’m Gonna Lose You’. The collaboration, with John Legend, works really well as a duet and will hopefully get as much airplay as the two artists have achieved individually in the last 18 months. Out via Epic Records.

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