Singles of the Week
With the Olympics finally upon us it's seems strangely apposite that we have two singles called Chemicals this week.
'Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols' 35th Anniversary Boxet unveiled
Full details, in all their gory glory, inside
Aimee Mann confirms a new album
The long awaited new album from Aimee Mann, Charmer, will be released in the UK on September 17 by Proper Records. Influenced by what Mann calls the “superpop” of the 70s and 80s, the album is her first release since 2008’s celebrated @#%&*! Smilers.Of Charmer, her eighth studio album, Mann comments, “I’m fascinated by charming people and the whole idea of charm. It's hard to remember sometimes that there is usually an agenda behind the act of being charming, and that is what I'm most interested in. Is someone’s charm being utilized just to try and entertain people, make them feel special and interesting, or is there a more sinister purpose behind it? Sometimes I think ‘charm’ can just be another word for ‘manipulation.’” The album also includes a duet with James Mercer of The Shins on 'Living a Lie.' Mann will support the new album with tour dates this autumn.
She's a real Charmer
Boy Kid Cloud
This four track EP works perfectly as an introduction to the work of the multi talented Boy Kid Cloud. Title track, 'A Better Version of Me' with it's overtly glitchy arrangement and glacially pure vocal is sure to get most notice but it is the majestically swirling, lush and moody EP closer 'Gone' that is the real highlight of a thoroughly enjoyable set.
INXS celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Kick
On September 17th 2012 INXS will be celebrating the 25th year anniversary of KICK by releasing special Deluxe, Super Deluxe and Digital versions of this landmark album. The Super Deluxe Edition will feature amazing unseen personal home movie documentary footage.Released in 1987, KICK propelled INXS to a new level, cementing their reputation and firmly establishing the band as a force to be reckoned with worldwide. KICK changed everything, becoming a slow-burning phenomenon that thanks to its trailblazing lead single, ‘Need You Tonight’, broke out around the world over the next 18 months.The 2012 the 25th anniversary release of KICK will include a Deluxe edition, a Super Deluxe edition and two Download editions. The Deluxe edition set will include 2 CDs, the second featuring remixes and bonus material. The Super Deluxe Edition package of 3 CDs and a DVD will feature demos, remixes, video promos, and unseen documentary footage. It will come with a 64 page art book, which will include never before seen handwritten lyrics directly from Michael’s family archives, unseen photos, diaries, and interview with each band member and producer of the record Chris Thomas. For nostalgia appeal, a KICK sticker sheet and original tour poster for your bedroom walls will also be included. There will also be a Heavyweight Red Coloured Vinyl Limited Edition available.
with lots of nice goodies
Kyla La Grange
'Walk Through Walls' is a pretty tune. The kind that may make you sit up and take notice when it comes on the radio. Kyla La Grange's chiming vocals stoically rise above the clamouring music that threatens to drown her out. It's a song that could easily become a rousing arena anthem in the hands of a stronger performer, but as it is La Grange does her best, and it's pretty good.
Although nothing especially new or spectacular there is a pleasant old fashioned feel to this debut from these London based rockers that bodes well for their upcoming album release. One to keep an eye on, that's for sure.
Two songs of short, shouty lo-fi garage pop that may have been done a thousand times before but, when it is done with as much gusto and pure energy as Paws put in to this double a-sider, then it's hard not to be royally entertained.
PAWS - Jellyfish/Bloodline by Fat Cat Records
The lead single from 6 Day Riot lead, Tamara Schlesinger's solo album 'The Procession' is a great capella tune building layer-upon-layer of melody to create a cohesive and inviting whole. Backed up with a sweetly orignal video, it's probably the warmest of her solo tracks and a great showcase of the singer's voice. Highly recommended.
The Haxan Cloak
The latest instalment in Southern's rather excellent Latitudes sessions series sees the ambient delights of the one man ensemble [b]The Haxan Cloak[/b] taking his turn in the legendary North London studio. Presented as a single half hour live reworking of material, [i]The Men Parted The Sea To Devour The Water[/i] is an immersive, hypnotic journey through treated loops and ethereal musings.Avoiding the common pitfall of becoming too self-absorbed and feeling overly long, this piece doesn't always manage to keep the listener totally gripped for its entirety either. Referencing the chilled beats of the likes of [b]Autechre[/b] and [b]Boards Of Canada[/b], [i]The Men Parted ...[/i] is a great album to just float away upon on a hot summer's day, full of whimsical delights and carefree playfulness. That is right up until the menacing thunderstorm of the finale, a raging, pulsing wave of distorted noise filled with a dark menace, yet gone within a flash.
All in an English summer.
It's easy to see what Hideout Recordings saw in Various Cruelties from their two self-released singles and their first release on Hideout, while not as strong as 'If It Wasn't For You', is still solid stuff. Liam O'Donnell's charismatic vocals are what propels 'Chemicals' into a soaring piece of indie rock that is nigh on impossible not to be swayed by. Cracking Dragon Tattoo-esque (well mainly the bold font minus the naughtiness) video too.
Single of the Week
A simple and understated arrangement lets the legendary crooner's voice shine through on this superb cover of the Leonard Cohen classic that, if there was any justice in this world, see Jones back at the peak of the pop charts. Pure brilliance