A moment's silence for the passing of Lady Thatcher.

Now listen to this.

Now listen to some of the best album streams online this week.

The Phoenix Foundation – Fandango (The Guardian)

AOR is not a dirty word. Er, acronym. The Phoenix Foundation – New Zealand's premier musical export that doesn't play 'guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk' (although they do play some of those things – that shares a table with some propulsive acoustic ditties, some hip-shaking funk, some smooth 80s fare, and more besides. The band's two front men tag-team between laying down some smooth, melodic vocals. AOR isn't a dirty word because the music sounds lovely and the lyrics are anything but tedious grown-up stuff – the first track is called 'Black Mould', another turns a romantic tryst into a A&E trip when the singer's “skull gets cracked”, 'Evolution Did' explains Darwin's Origin of the Species into a synth-slathered disco track (with the refrain “They turned a monkey to a man”). Weird, catchy stuff.

Illogic & Blockhead – Capture the Sun (Soundcloud)

If you're not so familiar with the lyrical skills of Ohio's Illogic, you might recognise the scratches and crackling samples of Blockhead, Ninja Tune alum and Aesop Rock producer. Capture the Sun is the duo's first album together, after self-releasing a pair of EPs you can catch on Illogic's Bandcamp page. They're an underground hip-hop head's match made in heaven: Illogic's rhymes are impressionistic and stream-of-consciousness, with a sonic equivalent in Blockhead's RZA-meets-DJ Shadow productions.

Magic Fight – Wooden Swords and Stolen Echoes (DIY)

I was reasonably certain I'd like this lot when I read that they described their music as “sad pop” – my two favourite musical genres, together at last! There's a hint of Grizzly Bear to the Oakland group's harmonies and lush, chamber pop arrangements to this self-released album which sounds as bright and open as anything from Veckatimest. Sad pop is the best pop.

Egyptian Hip Hop – Tobago (Soundcloud)

Despite the wicked-cool name, I never got on board the Egyptian Hip Hop bandwagon – partly because they didn't live up to their name in their stage attire (I pictured Tutankhamun with a giant Flavor Flav clock necklace), partly because I didn't think their music was very good. I might have to reconsider my position with this EP, though – their second release on R&S – where they become more of a band than a group of haircuts. Title track 'Tobago' is like Hot Chip if they were as cool as they pretend to be, the live version of 'The White Falls' sounds like something off the last Horrors album with a bit more life to it, and the 'Outro' is a brilliantly weird instrumental piece. They're still not quite the Bangles, but it's a step in the right direction.

This week on Twitter @tennis_everyone I have been mainly writing about Spiceworld and bands who call two dates in the South and one in Leeds a “tour”