The Music Fix Monthly Playlist - May

Classic cover versions, vintage trip-hop, return-to-form Welsh rock, bit of two tone and the new Miley Cyrus! It's just some of what the cool kids (i.e. us) have been listening to this month.


Tori Amos - Abnormally Attracted to Sin
Album number X from Tori and, while the themes - religion, sex, politics, all the small stuff - may be familiar, this is her most experimental work in an age. And I've bagged second row tickets for her September tour so time to spin this motherfucker 'til it's worn out. (LM)

Nathan Fake - Hard Islands
Addictive, experimental techno for those who like Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada and bleeps. Quite possibly a headache to everyone else. (JD)

Sneaker Pimps - Becoming X
The band have never bettered their debut album and the absense of Kelli Dayton's vocals on subsequent releases shows just how influential her contribution to Becoming X really was. (CP)


Chairlift - Bruises
Instantly familiar as one of those cool iPod advert tracks, Chairlift's 'Bruises' is a whimsical but catchy number. (CP)

Eels - Fresh Blood
“Life is divided into the horrible and the miserable.Those two categories. Just be happy you're miserable.“ (MJ)

Ghostface Killah - Buck 50
AKA Tony Stark AKA Dennis Coles, Ghostface dropped this cut back in 2000 on Supreme Clientele. It sounds as sharp and vital now as it did back then, tight flows and guest spots from the likes of Method Man all make for a devastingly good slice of Hip Hop. (CF)

Glass Candy - I Always Say Yes
“...then I go out and paint the stars.” (MJ)

The Golden Filter - Favourite Things
“Warriors, come out to play-i-ay.” (MJ)

The Horrors - I Only Think Of You
“In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” (MJ)

Indigo Children - Sing To Me
Brilliant Stone Roses style guitar wankery all the way from... India. Produced by John Leckie, you can find it on the downloadable India Soundpad. (JD)

Paz Lenchantin - Kentucky Hymn
“Never. Oh, never. Nothing will die. The stream flows, the wind blows, the cloud fleets, the heart beats. Nothing will die.” (MJ)

Little Boots - Remedy
One of the (many) highlights from forthcoming album 'Hands', not least due to the presence of one Phil Oakey on backing vocals. All of the hype was justified and more. Victoria Hesketh's glittering debut is a breathtaking slab of pristine pop. (GK)

Demi Lovato - La La Land
Rowdy radio friendly Pop Punk Disney style from the girl set to knock Miley Cyrus off her perch. (LT)

Manic Street Preachers - Peeled Apples
Quite simply the best thing that they have produced for years. Bristling with energy, this is a triumph for the Welsh legends that re-affirms their place as one of the best British bands of our generation. (CF)

Manic Street Preachers - William's Last Words
With the new album the Manics resurrect Richey James Edwards for a brief but incendiary last hurrah before, with this touching Wire vocal, sending him back into the ether. There’s a permanent lump in my throat and, no, I haven’t got something in my eye. (SB)

N.A.S.A. feat. Kanye West, Santogold and Lykke Li - Gifted
Wow. Just wow. What a dream team, eh? Could - and should - be the song of the summer, a true collision of cool. (LM)

Noisettes - Never forget you
Standout track from the bands sophomore release "Wild Young Hearts" (LT)

Saint Etienne - Only Love Can Break Your Heart
Possibly the best cover version ever, from the recently re-issued Foxbase Alpha. Is there any track that sounds better in the sun? (JD)

Scarce - Glamourizing Cigarettes
Once real contenders, this perky three piece from Boston gave 1995 a real shot of indie adrenaline (and, as support on the 'Celebrity Skin'tour, Courtney Love's mob a real run for their money in sunny Wolverhampton on, reportedly, Hole's only 'together' night of that UK tour. Guess I got lucky.) And guess what ? Over a decade after leader Chick Graning's aneurism blew them out, they're back together. Sounding, in middle age, as youthful and vital as they ever did. Breath held, legs crossed for new album ... (GK)

Smog - Blood Red Bird (Drag City)
Bill Callahan's Smog may be dead and buried, but their legacy remains intact by revisiting such sublime cuts as this. Medicine for the soul. (CF)

Jordin Sparks - Battlefield
Amazing Pop single, set to be huge with it's immense "Better go and get your armor" refrain. (LT)

The Specials - Gangsters
The 2Tone pioneers are back on stage and this sounds as fresh and relevant as it ever did back in the day. Rudie can’t fail. (SB)

Regina Spektor - Laughing With
The gorgeous return from Ms Spektor which, along with the equally stunning 'Blue Lips' (as performed on Jools Holland last week), suggests new album 'Far' will feature the year's most affecting piano ballads. (LM)

Tiga - Shoes
Bearing all the essential elements of a truly great pop single this is huge fun and totally bizarre. (SB)

Jackie Tohn - 25
Laid back Carole King sounding soul affair from the American Idol contestants debut album. (LT)

Tortoise - Prepare Your Coffin
The kings of post-rock jazz return; upping the stakes in the process. This is wonderful, inventive, original and truly special - I dare you to disagree. (CF)

Tricky - Black Steel
Easily the standout track from the excellent Maxinquaye, an album full of trip-hop classics. (CP)

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