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We’ve spent the week dredging through a never-ending pile of records to make sure that you lot get only the best – it’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it. This week we’ve had reports from Canadian Music Week as well as the first broadcast back from SXSW. For the best music news and features head to Clashmusic.com.

This week’s top five office rockers are:

Four Tet – Ringer

Keiran Hebden, a giant among men, has spent the best part of five years trying to live down the folktronica-based success of his “Rounds” album. This release may only be a 4 track EP but it lasts for all of 35 minutes. Displaying techno influences “Ringer” is perhaps his boldest step yet, at places almost Krautrock in its use of minimalism this remains very distinctly a ‘Four Tet’ record.

The Charlatans – You Cross My Path

Its been available to download for a while now, but its been rocking the office all week. A return to the band’s Mod / indie roots after recent dalliance with country and disco (!), the album features heaps of glorious Hammond organ. Single “Oh Vanity” samples soul maestros Booker T and The MGs, as the band somehow manage to live up to this pedigree. Lazurus would be proud.

Stax Does The Beatles

An office full of soul fans meant that there was a scramble for this. The greatest soul label ever, cover the greatest back catalogue in soul history. Could it get any better? By the time you hear Carla Thomas rip through McCartney’s classic “Yesterday’ you’re in heaven. Other goodies include a rare alternative take of “Day Tripper” by Otis Redding, and a glorious take of “My Sweet Lord”.

Air – Moon Safari

Nothing cures office stress like this bunch of French chill-out merchants. 10 years on, “Moon Safari” is every bit as essential as you remember it being, now padded out with remixes, demos and a ‘Making Of’ DVD, this is Moog heaven. Of course, it’s a formula that’s been done to death by lesser minds, but this is a worthwhile reminder that ‘chill out’ does not equal ‘boring’.

The Last Shadow Puppets – The Age of The Understatement

Far too good to be binned in ‘dodgy side project corner’ this collaboration between an Arctic Monkey and a Rascal is an intriguing mix of Scott Walker and 50s balladry. Displaying a debt to Richard Hawley, this album recalls the out-there moments of the Coral, but without losing touch with reality. A decent offering no matter the cast.

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