God bless indie music. Bands and artists with a DIY aesthetic, struggling against The Man to create beautiful innovative music which John Peel would be proud of. And the fans, hip outsiders who name check the right bands and are quirkily cool. Yeah right. The biggest selling indie artist is bloody Adele and this week's top 20 indie chart contains The Osmonds and Gilbert O'sodding Sullivan.

The corporate whore majors, however, have the most vital and exciting album this year, Death Grips' The Money Store out on Sony. Its stream is the most essential preview of an album you can possibly hear. Is it hip-hop, electro, rock, scary or perfect? Regardless of what you think, the year's best album is on a major, and Adele and Example are on indies.

The lines are blurred, but whatever the backing records still need to be bought. So listen to these eight album streams, then in the spirit of Record Store Day, go out and buy them.



Cancer Bats - Dead Set On Living (Facebook.com/cancerbats )

Toronto‘s Cancer Bats' fourth album is hardly a shift form their hardcore punk roots, but it does see them more down tuned and chugging than ever. With a dominant Pantera influence it's as throaty and riff heavy as expected, despite its slower pace. Although not as forward looking as Hail Destroyer, it retains their position as hardcore's most essential band.

Daniel Johnston Space Ducks Soundtrack (spinner.com)

Daniel Johnston is a genius, I mean his songs are dreamy and his art is perfect, but Space Ducks is something magnificent. It's a phenomenal interactive experience combining new and old songs, comic books, art, and an incredibly addictive free iPad app with games and stories. It isn't an album as such, but an immersive interactive experience of wonder combining beautiful lyrics and devil head space invaders. Wow.

Hannah Cohen – Child Bride (3voor12.nl)

Cohen's debut is a softly warm record which nods towards Feist and the hushed beauty of Antony Hegarty. The gentle clarinets and Donovan finger picking give a quintessentially folkish edge between the precision of Say Anything and the cinematic, almost Dustin O Halloran like, Sunrise. There's a subtle pop feel to Child Bride which gives it an elegant vibrancy.

Battles – Dross Glop (dazeddigital.com )

Remix albums are usually just for bedroom loners to pretend they can make a great album better by homogenising it for the dolly birds and swag lads at Krystals discothèque. Shabaz Palaces and Kode9 amongst others, however, prove reinterpretations can be worthy. Ok it's not as good a Gloss Drop but Africastle's erratic bounce is near perfect and Inchworm is wonderfully hypnotic.

Black Seeds – Dust and Dirt (totallyfuzzy.com )

Laid back reggae has its place; admittedly it's usually 2pm at a shit festival wishing you were watching Dreadzone instead, but Dust and Dirt is filled with growling horns and grinding keys making it lively and relevant. Frostbite is infectiously sinister and Gabriel's Strut Dub has an activist Galliano feel. It's nothing new, but its dub-lite groove is gently pleasing.

Absolute Monarchs – 1 (consequenceofsound.net)

With talk of a hidden Kurt Cobain record, and Tu-pac holograms, it's tempting to just relive the 90's with a SNES and Party Of Five DVD. Thankfully save us the trauma, Absolute Monarch are bringing college-grunge up to date with a vociferous cross between Mudhoney and Buffalo Tom, milked on Mcluskly. 1 is an exemplary display of what makes guitars great.

SWV – I Missed Us (centrictv.com )

In the early 90s the RnB Wilson Phillips (also reunited) were safer than Bill Cosby's jumper. Their hit Weak was Luther Vandros for teenagers in a time before the bouncy soul of Destiny's Child. Now they've returned with a slick cocktail of blunt afrobeat - Do Ya, and rugged funk - All About You. It sounds like that Jai Paul fella everyone seems to like.

Batida – Batida (thequietus.com)

Heavy on beats, oozing with afro-tars, and litered with twinkling samples, Angolan-Portuguese producer Batida is a pure Alegria (Joy). It follows a regular rhythm but Ka Heueh, has dub-purr and Cuka a dance-hall vibe, nestling it somewhere between Alegranza and Manu Chau. I've been waiting for a record as lively as Batida since getting my first copy of the Rough Guide To World Music in 1994.



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