Singles of the Week
It is time once again for The Music Fix Singles Of The Week
The second time around (it was previously released as a free single at the end of 2010), 'New Years Day' is still a quality grit-pop track that takes the edgier end of the Nineties and gives it something of a Tenties polish. Anthemic and enjoyable.
Sounding like a more accessible James Blake, 'Wonderful Life' is a cover of the 80s song by Black. 'Garden' is one of McCleery's own tunes and steers a turbulent path between folk and jazz. The package is rounded off by a couple of experimental remixes, making you wonder in which direction this artist might head for his album in September.
Kitty, Daisy and Lewis
Having spent a lifetime listening to - and enjoying - vocalists of questionable ability, it seems churlish to raise the issue of talent now, but the results here are no better than if you randomly hauled two strangers in off the street, hummed the melody and told them to get on with it.
Hmmm. We're told that 'Bumpin Bumpin' comes to us having clocked over 150k hits on YouTube and yet it's almost impossible to work out why. It sounds just like someone has messed around with the settings as the song veers erratically from hip hop beats to spacey synths with similar variations on the vocals, resulting in something that's certainly unique but a bit of a mess overall and if you're going to give it a spin, pump for the original version (featured below) over either radio edit as that ends with a great instrumental breakdown.
Now this we like a lot. Anthemic, a little bit dirty and with a big chorus, Munich's debut single 'All Sussed Out' is fittingly titled. Remarkably assured for a debut, it lays down a marker that Munich are ready to step into the void of dark indie rock that was left when White Lies went all epic for their sophomore effort.
Intended as a kind of soundtrack to a journey the band made down the dusty roads from Texas, [i]Comecrudos[/i] sees [b]Pontiak[/b] revelling in experimentation. The first part evokes dry, humid highways that are a long way from any other life, crafting a deeply foreboding atmosphere with the addition of horns and warm guitar drones. ‘Part 2’ drifts into acoustic melodies and vocals that paint a picture of the panorama they are travelling through. The beginning of ‘Part 3’ is an altogether darker experience as the percussion disappears slowly into the background, while stabs of ominous horn enter like bizarre sirens, before returning to the brothers' usual strain of sparse desert-rock. The final section is a haze of smoky organ and screeching guitar that packs a real emotional punch during its five minutes. If this is an indication of what we can expect from their new full-length in 2012, there’s definitely something to get excited about.
Travel down dusty highways with some dream-like desert-rock.
What better way to celebrate the coming of summer than with this beautiful piece of blessed out electro pop. Shades of Orbital and The Chemical Brothers highlight the fact that this is a tune that would have the Glastonbury Dance stage groovers waving their glow sticks with unbridled joy. Bass heavy remixes from Carl Cox only add too the feeling of euphoria that this debut offering provides.
Sales boost for Glastonbury artists
[b]Janelle Monáe[/b] has rocketed into the Amazon.co.uk music top ten following her performance at Glastonbury. Her album [i]Archandroid[/i] is currently top ten, following a 4928% increase in sales. Significant rises in sales over the Glastonbury weekend were also seen by [b]Mumford & Sons[/b] (1400%), [b]Primal Scream[/b] (920%) and [b]U2[/b] (747%). ‘Many people have enjoyed the coverage of Glastonbury over the weekend and when an artist really captures the imagination, music fans will go online and order the album immediately,’ said Roger Greensmith, music and MP3 manager at Amazon.co.uk Ltd. ‘We have seen that for both headline artists like U2 and Coldplay as well as artists that people may not have seen before like Janelle Monáe.’ The top ten biggest rises in sales over the Glastonbury weekend so far are: 1. Janelle Monáe 4928% 2. Mumford & Sons 1400% 3. Primal Scream 920% 4. U2 747% 5. Gaslight Anthem 688% 6. Warpaint 532% 7. The Kills 510% 8. Coldplay 489% 9. The Walkmen 443% 10. Two Door Cinema Club 375%
People still buy music?
The History Of Apple Pie
An enjoyably scuzzy slice of dream pop, the debut single from London quintet The History Of Apple Pie bodes very promising things for the future. Arresting, floaty vocals are the star here, but everything melds together into a thoroughly entertaining three minutes, with ferocious B-side 'Some Kind' also reinforcing the notion that we'll be learning a lot more about The History Of Apple Pie in the coming months.
The Joy Formidable
'A Heavy Abacus' - the perfect example of why we've been championing this band since the dawn of time. Utterly brilliant tune that uses huge, raucous guitar sounds to force the listener to take notice. Ritzy Bryan's vocals sit atop bringing order to the musical chaos with a surprising subtlety; providing further evidence that this is a band that is going places fast.
One of the standouts from their excellent fourth album, 'Future Starts Slow' showcases The Kills at their finest. Swaggering with a pounding drumbeat and angular guitars, all held together by the harmonising, yet contrasting, vocals, it's a track that arrests from the first notes and doesn't let go. Superb.
The Lancashire Hotpots
Five albums into the Lancashire Hotpots career, and the joke is wearing somewhat thin. Where their first album, Never Mind The Hotpots was a winning, wry look at (Lancashire) life, the only real nods to the North now are the accent, the odd “reet” and a song about local newsreader Lucy Meacock. There’s a couple of laughs here – 'Hip Meddow' pokes fun at newspaper sellers and other bellowers of incomprehensible nonsense, while 'Duvet Day' espouses the benefits of throwing a sickie after a heavy night. The protagonist of 'Three Rings' raises a smile of recognition: “When you’re back safe before you’re in bed / Give us three rings so I know you’re not dead”; but 'Has Anyone Seen My Dongle' and 'Cottaging' are both the same utterly predictable joke: a simple double-entendre stretched thin over three minutes. It’s a shame – there’s something eminently likeable about the Hotpots, especially for this Wiganer in exile, but it’s just not funny enough. The cover art, however, is a work of genius.
Single of the Week
The Boxer Rebellion
Beautiful lush power pop from The Boxer Rebellion. It's sweeping melody coupled with Nathan Nicholson's passionate vocals makes this one of the highlights from their excellent debut The Cold Still. Gorgeous stuff.