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Rudimental We the Generation

A heavyweight 18 track album, stuffed to bursting point with guest appearances, proves there’s no difficulty for Rudimental in making a second album. For the first quarter they come out guns blazing, with their distinctive drum and bass-lite chart sound, packed with trumpets. On Love Aint Just a Word – another top-down banger – Dizzee Rascal drops in for a drive by rap, where “he couldn’t be straighter”. There’s no high camp to these synths, and there’s something about the syncopated rhythm dominating every song that tricks your heart into beating a little faster – the tiny adrenaline shot that runs through your body before flight or fight, before dancing or downing another drink. Thankfully, the remainder of the album calms the fuck down. Anne-Marie pops up for a midto-up tempo number about finding yourself, Ella Eyre swings by and Lianne La Havas’ second appearance allows for a little funk moment. MNEK has the understated hit of the album with Common Emotion, which will have your subwoofers purring with joy. The general theme is a celebration of love, it’s blissfully free of gender references and there’s only one entirely unexpected indulgent guitar solo. All good things. Rated 3 out of 5 stars

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Summer may be nearly over but fear not, the GT September issue is officially turning up the heat with English ruby star James Haskell. Bursting out of a glass box and straight onto the cover, James’s appearance in GT is timely given Keegan Hirst having recently come out at the first openly gay rugby league player. James has long been an advocate of the eradication of prejudice in sport and had this to say about Keegan’s decision to come out: “It took real strength and courage for Keegan to come out. He’s a tough guy, and the fact that his team mates, the fans and everybody has taken it so well shows that it can be done. And it shows that your sexuality really shouldn’t matter when it comes to playing sport.” Also in this issue: Keegan Hirst Kinky Boots John Grant Gay asylum seekers Cel Spellman Rebecca Root Natalie Imbruglia Kerry Ellis Jaymi Hensley And all the very best in style, tech, grooming and entertainment

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