Singles of the Week
Suffering with festival fatigue? Why not let us massage your scalp and help you navigate this week's singles?
Two remixes from one of Domino's newest signings. 'The Complete Knock' has a Talking Heads tribalism in the Bottin mix, while the Bicep remix of 'Sutphin Boulevard' owes a lot to Prince when he's in his 'you will come to bed with me' mode. Something a little different from this none-more-indie label.
It may feel like a 90s shoegaze epic but the stirring psychedelic stylings and lush orchestration make this a song that fits perfectly in the 21st century. A promising debut that make Born Blonde one to watch.
Another lovely slice of country pop from Delta Maid, 'Spend A Little Time' sails by on its delicate rhythm combined with Maid's striking vocals and while it won't sway anyone not a fan of country music, people with an affection for it will soon find themselves spending a lot of time in her company.
Delta Maid 'Speed A Little Time' radio edit by Delta Maid
Well, Quelle Surprise (you’re fired - Ed.), another heavy slab of good old shouty punk-infused metal that will have the fans drooling with pleasure. The real surprise though is that, among the now obligatory different versions, are two rather excellent alt. takes on the track. The gentle and ethereal beauty of the Creatures of Love remix belies the brutality of the original while the retro, downbeat vocals and horns on the Jonny & The Snipers version is weird and more than a bit wonderful. Nice work lads.
As with many R'n'B and soul artists, Jill Scott's profile here in the UK is significantly less, well, significant than it is in the States. The multiple Grammy winner has recently released her fourth studio album, following some tumultuous years that have seen her fighting legal battles with her former label, criticised for seemingly racist remarks, and dealing with personal upheaval in her love life. Such a brew is surely the perfect paving for a revelatory, career high album that could even get her noticed in the UK? Well, yes and no. The Light Of The Sun is a solid album but, like many of the genre, suffers from being overlong. With some of the chaff cut, namely cringeworthy stab at late night sensuality 'Until Then' and one too many fillers at the end, Sun really shines. Scott's voice is effortlessly soulful and versatile, ranging from gospel inflections on finale 'Rolling Hills' to poetic spoken-word on 'Womanifesto', while production by JR Hutson confidently balances Scott's traditional influences with her contemporary leanings. Take buzz single 'Shame', which is in debt to Songs In The Key Of Life-era Stevie, but struts with a 21st century swagger and is backed by a rap courtesy of Eve. 'All Cried Out Redux' and 'Le BOOM Vent Suite' are refreshingly ambitious and not without quirks, while Anthony Hamilton duet 'So In Love' is unashamedly old-school. Cries of "Leona who?" should be the reaction to understated, caterwaul-free ballad 'Hear My Call', but the successes of this album probably won't translate into The Light Of The Sun lighting up UK charts.
Grammy-winning Scott returns with some slick soul.
Robots In Disguise
With a chunky and toe tapping backbeat this an enjoyable chunk of indie-infused electro pop that, although a tad repetitive, is a pleasant enough way to spend three minutes.
She Keeps Bees
Beautiful dark brooding indie goodness from Brooklyn duo. If you stir in some Kills into The Black Angels you may get an idea of what to expect. Jessica Larrabee's wonderfully cool stand-offish vocals weave their way through the lush arrangement of cymbals and guitars with an eerie bassline tagging along for the ride.
A perfect example of the kooky delights that await you on YACHT's latest album Shangri-La, 'Utopia' starts off almost twee with its gentle guitar but quickly morphs, thankfully, into something entirely different. Add in a superb bassline and you have a track that you won't forget in a hurry. YACHT have also combined 'Dystopia (The Earth Is On Fire)' into one full video, so it's a Brucie bonus for anyone who hasn't sailed by them before.
YACHT Utopia / Dystopia (The Earth Is On Fire) (Explicit) from DFA Records on Vimeo.
Single of the Week
Superior hip-hop from Los Angelean Longevity. 'Tantrum' has a cracking fuzzy bassline, old skool scratching and oodles of swearing. What more could you want?