Singles of the Week
It's the last week in November. Best enjoy it before it goes all X-Factor and Cliff Richard!
Whatever you think of Aaron Delahunty, you can't deny that he's at least trying something different. Debut single 'Never Happen Again' is a tale of a heavy drinking night set over a gypsy guitar melody infused with dubstep beats and a touch of vocal hip hop rhymes. That may sound an odd mix but it somehow works. Trust us.
Aaron Delahunty - Never Happen Again (Radio Edit) by Sainted PR
Effortlessly cool, Archeo's debut single 'Mr. General' lays down a giant funk-edged marker for his debut album. It's all built around Archeo's charismatic vocals and a big retro synth hook that proves an irresistible combo. Fresh and exciting, we can't wait to hear what Archeo has planned next.
Mixed by Sean Beavan (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson), Binary's 'Prisoner' is suitably heavy on dark atmospherics, icy vocals and meaty bass and a great effort it is too. Unsettlingly memorable.
Too much production somewhat spoils CANT's latest single to be taken from debut album Dreams Come True. Chris Taylor's woozy vocals are lost in the mix at times and while it's undeniably sharp and weirdly haunting, it's more of an interesting oddity rather than a strong single.
With his usual laconic and distinctive delivery there is no mistaking the voice of The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn. ‘Honolulu Blues’, his debut solo outing, is a loose, fuzzed up garage slow burner that entertains from start to finish. If this is symptomatic of his forthcoming album then 2012 will kick off with a cracker.
Craig Finn - Honolulu Blues by Vagrant Records
Frankie & The Heartstrings
Catchy and quite fun tune from Sunderland's Frankie & The Heartstrings with it's goofy retro beat and Frankie Francis' punchy vocals. Perfect little two and half minute pop ditty that fits nicely on radio airwaves.
Kill It Kid
If you like your rock down and dirty with lashings of slide guitar and a sinister edge then look no further than this glorious double A-side that, were they from Brooklyn rather than Bath, would have the world’s music press slavering all over Kill It Kid. Great stuff.
'Old Statues' languishes itself over you. Syd Barret-esque vocals wrapped up in a 60s pop melody, it's an oddity, but pretty damn cool for all that. Not quite what you would expect in a single, but isn't that a good thing?
Despite an irritatingly shrill synth break in the middle this is a decent enough stab at the ever popular downbeat indie rock market, that should find favour among those of you who haven’t heard this done a million times before.
The New York DJ & producer duo The Knocks might have been away for a while, but the infectious 'Brightside' marks a welcome return. Bright, bouncy and bursting with energy, one spin is enough to bring the sun into your world in spite of the cold winter air and it's hard to see it being anything other than massive in the clubs. We might have tipped them a year too early but, on this evidence, we were still right.
The Knocks - Brightside by PurplePR
Single of the Week
Timo Maas feat. Brian Molko
Featuring a rocky bassline and Brian Molko on vocals, this sounds more like a lost Placebo track than the work of a dance music producer. It's pleasingly loud and furious. Dance fans are catered for in the remixes, of which &ME's stripped, spun out take is the best.