J-Walk is a cult hero in his native Manchester, a musician whose work walks its own path.

Somewhere between Balearic bliss and dubbed out effects, his off piste pop touch wraps the whole package in tender melody.

Recently playing out with everyone from Gilles Peterson to Unabombers, J-Walk is set to drop new album 'Limelight Lights' tomorrow (December 1st).

It's a grand return, one that is rich on invention while continually offering sweet treats for the ear.

New track 'Twilight' airs first on Clash, and it's a moody return, one that comes draped in bleached out West Coast abandon.

There's that hint of Manchester grit, though, with the defiantly DIY track swapping Hollywood glamour for swooping Northern gloom.

See what you think…

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Graham Coxon has announced plans for a new single, with all proceeds being donated to CALM.

The songwriter last released a solo album in 2012, with extensive Blur commitments keeping him otherwise engaged.

Embarked on a full television score earlier this year, Graham Coxon has now confirmed plans for a new single.

The double A-side single will be released on December 1st, with the seven inch version available from December 15th.

Lead track 'Falling' is extraordinary – an acoustic ballad, Graham's tender, entirely straight delivery seems to cut right to the bone.

The song was written by a songwriter called Luke Daniel, a musician and father who sadly took his own life last year.

All funds from the single will be donated to CALM – the Campaign Against Living Miserably – with the charity's CEO Simon Gunning commenting:

“Three in every four UK suicides are male and, together with Graham, we hope to raise awareness that support is available for anyone who needs it.”

Check out 'Falling' below.

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New York's Daptone imprint are famously exacting.

Emerging from a crew of expert musicians and crate-diggers, the label has a team who run the rule over every single release, making sure it lives up to their astonishing high standards.

James Hunter, though, passes with flying colours. One of Britain's finest soul voices, he's been a hero to those in the know for decades now.

Currently operating with the James Hunter Six, he became the first UK artist to sign with Daptone and will release new album 'Whatever It Takes' on February 2nd.

Recorded straight to tape at the label's studios in Riverside, California, it's a feast of rhythm and soul, with a few latin and ska influences thrown in for good measure.

We're able to share new song 'I Don't Wanna Be Without You' and it's a graceful, seductive dancer, with that opening snare crack leading into a Hammond organ soaked arrangement.

A crooning, pleading vocal follows, with James Hunter able to recall his influences – Sam Cooke, Otis Redding – while continually pursuing a path of his own.

Genuinely intoxicating, you can check it out below.

The James Hunter Six release new album 'Whatever It Takes' on February 2nd.

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Norway is bursting at the seams with pop talent.

The country boasts a series of pop factories, who seem willing to reinvent the rules on a near weekly basis.

Fred Well is a real individual voice, however, someone who can't help but do his own thing.

Bursting with potential, this is a young performer who gleefully sidesteps expectations to build a vivid, unique persona.

Fresh from a breakout show at Vill Vill Vest in Bergen, Fred Well has key showcase performances planned at Eurosonic and The Great Escape.

For now, though, we're able to share new single 'Superhero' ahead of its official release tomorrow (December 1st).

Brimming with energy, the bubbling synths are blessed with overpowering colour, while Fred Well's neatly understated delivery has a coy sense of suggestion.

Check it out now.

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Kaleem Taylor matches the rough with the smooth.

A velvet vocalist, his austere but effortlessly controlled delivery masks the often rough-hewn personal nature of his lyricism.

The Londoner releases his new EP on December 1st, a fusion of R&B songwriting and brittle, electronic tones.

Clash is able to premiere the soothing introversion of 'Walk Away', all sliding synths, and chord patterns that merge into one another.

There's a feeling of formlessness, with his amorphous creativity bleeding into different styles, different genres, while retaining that inimitable voice.

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Eleanor K has been many things in her life.

Born in the UK and now based in Los Angeles, she previously performed with Crystal Fighters before working on Vic Mensa's 2017 debut 'Autobiography'.

Yet all through this, however, Eleanor K has pursued a singular agenda. Darkly enticing pop music with some moments of real emotion, each release feels crisply executed.

New single 'This House Is Full' is incoming, and it's a manifesto of sorts, packed with extremes of light and shade.

The intense electronics combine with her urgent delivery, offering a sound that is both complex and completely enticing.

We're able to share the video – tune in now.

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Today is St. Andrew’s Day, a 24 hour celebration of all things Scottish.

Perhaps Clash has more reason to celebrate than most – after all, the title was founded in Scotland and we retain extensive links to Caledonia.

Thankfully, there’s no reason for patriotism for intrude on our editorial – Scottish music has maintained a near unbroken standard of excellence for some time now, and we see no signs of that receding.

In the spirit of St. Andrew’s Day we thought it only right that we gather some of the best albums Scotland has ever produced into one place…

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Bert Jansch – 'Bert Jansch'

A remarkably talented guitar, Bert Jansch was able to match his supreme technical ability to songwriting that walked on the dark side of the road. Heartache, homelessness, and heroin all resound on his 1965 album, arguably one of the most important UK folk records of that or any other decade.

Astonishingly lo-fi – it was recorded direct on a reel-to-reel recorder in a matter of hours – ‘Bert Jansch’ set a template that countless others would follow. Stark and deeply affecting, those concise vocals are underpinned by dazzling guitar that would fire the imaginations of everyone from Jimmy Page to James Yorkston.

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Orange Juice – 'You’ve Can’t Hide Your Love Forever'

Due to an archaic ban from the city council touring punk bands largely bypassed Glasgow during the late 70s. In their stead, though, a remarkable scene of independent-minded musicians collected, a poetic, challenging, witty, and urban bunch who set about producing the template for what would become known as indie.

Orange Juice were at the forefront, a band whose sheer unforced cool still resonates in each and every press shot. After a scattering of seminal singles on Postcard the band released debut album ‘You Can’t Hide Your Love Forever’ – pure, intense, and refreshing, it still feels like a spirit unleashed. Little wonder they put those soaring dolphins on the cover, then.

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Primal Scream – 'Screamadelica'

Primal Scream were always rebels. The band wore leather trousers during the fey height of indie pop, adding a deliciously evil streak to their chiming guitars. When rave culture touched down in London, then, Primal Scream’s ears immediately pricked up.

Andrew Weatherall stepped in to remix one of their singles, ripping apart their Stones-esque bluster to almost single-handedly kick off the indie-dance crossover.

Recorded in a year dominated by sun, Ecstasy, and musical revolution, ‘Screamadelica’ accidentally summed up the euphoria of the age, leaping boundaries without ever looking back. Not 100% Scottish in personnel, then, but 100% Scottish in attitude.

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Mogwai – 'Young Team'

Released in 1997, Mogwai’s ‘Young Team’ seemed to walk a singular path. Recorded in a studio just outside Hamilton and released on Chemikal Underground, it stretches the definitions of guitar music to the limit, with its quietLOUD template shattering all before it.

Constructed to echo the sheer bulldozer quality of their live shows, ‘Young Team’ has an emotional impact that is all its own. Just listen to ‘R U Still In 2 It?’ – with guest vocals from Arab Strap’s Aidan Moffat – to find out exactly why it was so important.

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Boards Of Canada – 'Geogaddi'

At first little to nothing was known about the personnel of Boards Of Canada, yet there’s something about their music that feels intimately Scottish. Perhaps it’s the sheer expanse, that broad sweep of composition, or perhaps it’s the lingering, drifting nostalgia, a feeling that ghosts lurk around every corner.

Famously 66.6 minutes long, ‘Geogaddi’ is one of the most complete aesthetic statements Warp Records have ever released, a mighty feat that left entire genres – step forward hypnagogic pop, sit down chillwave – in its wake.

Listening to it now, ‘Geogaddi’ still feels astonishing fresh; an ageless feat, something that can never truly belong to any one time.

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Rustie – 'Glass Swords'

Glasgow’s thirsty rave culture has always been a bastion of underground creativity. A one time techno citadel, Glasgow hosted a number of club nights about a decade ago where literally anything went, where dubstep, left field hip-hop, Underground Resistance, and more were sluiced into an incoherent yet totally inspiring whole.

It’s from this nexus that producers such as Hudson Mohawke emerge, but we’ve picked Rustie’s electrifying debut as the pick of the bunch. Stark, neon-plated futurism that kicks hard, ‘Glass Swords’ is a rush of sheer adrenalin, a head-long charge into the unknown.

Rewarded with the first ever Scottish Album of The Year Award, it’s one of the most singular records to be released in the past 10 years.

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Young Fathers – 'Dead'

Leith is one of Scotland’s most diverse areas, a melting point of colour, religion, and culture, all getting along with life, and learning from one another in the process.

Young, mixed race, outspoken, and cool as f*ck, Young Fathers released a pair of astonishing mixtapes before debut albim ‘Dead’ dropped through Big Dada in 2014.

A blistering, uncompromising creative vision, ‘Dead’ occupied its own realm, even smashing into the Top 40 in the process. Stealing away that year’s Mercury Prize, Young Fathers refused to let the hype get to them – truly, a band for the age.

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Michael Jablonka was struck down by writer's block.

A prodigious songwriter, music had always come easy to him – but not now. So he went back to basics.

Chipping away at the chorus, he aimed for something classic, something so obvious he would never normally think of it.

'I Found You' clicked effortlessly into place. Rooted in that blazing garage punk riff, it's a rootsy dose of songwriting with a classic feel.

Buoyed by ineffable confidence, 'I Found You' races out of the traps and just keeps accelerating, with those slight blues flourishes simply adding extra bite.

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Last night the MOBOs returned to Leeds for its 22nd annual awards show, presented by Maya Jama and Marvin Humes, in celebration of another incredible year for British black music.

Predictably, Stormzy enjoyed a healthy haul in the wake of his chart-topping debut album ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’. After a surprise live appearance alongside Krept & Konan for ‘Ask Flipz’, the South Londoner took home three of a possible five awards: best male artist, best grime act (he promised to keep shelling no matter how successful he gets in the mainstream) and the prestigious best album – presented by Fatman Scoop, who took the time to promote his forthcoming single with Sean Paul before handing over the trophy.

Ahead of the awards, Jeremy Corbyn shared a message for the MOBOs particularly focussed on the grime category. In a short video upload the Labour leader stated: “It’s more important than ever that we celebrate black excellence and recognise the achievements of black communities. This year grime artists played a huge part in setting the agenda for British music and in the General Election, your contribution helped secure the highest youth turnout in a quarter of a century, showing the positive impact grime has on our society.”

It wasn’t a clean sweep for Big Mike though, with strong competition coming from acts like J Hus who took best song for his infectious hit ‘Did You See’, and Birmingham rapper MIST who took best video with his incredible ‘Hot Property’ video – both of whom were unfortunately absent from the show. Also unable to collect their awards in person where Dave who took best newcomer and Giggs who took best hip-hop against some strong contenders.

Stefflon Don continued to make her mark on the scene, punctuating a huge year with a performance of her breakthrough hit ‘Hurtin Me’ – backed by her dons, naturally – and by taking home the award for best female.

While she didn’t take home an award, Ray BLK delivered the strongest performance of the night, bringing South London to the First Direct Arena for a memorable rendition of ‘My Hood’, strolling through sets that depicted her hair salon, a local park and her bedroom – her vocals immersing the entire arena into her world.

A long time supporter of the MOBOs, Idris Elba was honoured with their ‘Paving The Way’ award for his achievements in the arts and contribution to British culture. In his acceptance speech he recalled a time in which “there was no British music that was killing the game the way it’s killing now.” A paving stone will be embedded in Hackney, where he grew up, to commemorate the award.

Looking beyond the UK, Nigerian star WizKid took home best international act, despite competition from North American heavyweights like Drake, Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar, while Davido won best African act and celebrated with a performance of his hit single ‘If’. It was also revealed that Damian Marley won best reggae act.

Earlier in the week, at the annual Pre-MOBO Awards Show in Canary Wharf, Craig David received his sixth MOBO for best R&B/soul act, while best jazz was awarded to Moses Boyd and Volley Morgan and New-Ye took best gospel act.

Bringing a strong close the night, Bronx rapper, reality TV personality and social media star Cardi B set the arena ablaze with a performance of ‘Bodak Yellow’. The track made headlines earlier this year when it topped the US Billboard charts and Cardi became the first female rapper to get a solo number one since Lauryn Hill in 1998. She closed by sharing her appreciation for the support the track has received in the UK, declaring that it’s the American dream to be loved by people all over the world.

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Words: Grant Brydon

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Jackmaster has posted the latest instalment of his Mastermix series.

The mix is the Glasgow selector's take on the year in underground dance music, featuring some key moments from his sets and other gems that have caught his eye.

The latest Mastermix is online now, featuring a blistering selection of house and techno with an introduction from DJ Deeon.

Two hours of essential club fare, you can check it out below.

Catch Jackmaster at the Warehouse Project in Manchester on December 16th, and at an all Glaswegian night in Bristol's Motion venue on January 27th.

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