Singles of the Week

Cat Power

Chew Lips
In which the ever lithesome duo step asisde from the light-as-a-feather swoonery of previous taster 'Do You Chew?' and return, for three minutes at least, to the meatier beats of debut album Unicorn. 'Hurricane' sees them offer ever more evidence that the forthcoming album will tear your socks off and hurl them at the horizon. Think Paula Abdul's 'Opposites Attract' but with the blank giddiness replaced with a brooding noir sensibility. As ever, make the commercial possibilities seem impossibly cerebral.

Interesting at the very least, Kindness's 'That's Alright' will sound like a complete mess to some ears, while sounding like a glorious slice of funk-rock to others. We started off in the former, but are currently leaning our way to the latter, if just for the unique juxtaposition between the smooth main vocals and the growly backing vocals that pop to the surface every now and then.

Little Mix achieve fastest selling group single of the year
Little Mix's 'Wings' has become 2012's fastest selling single released by a group.It's the X Factor winners' second number one single following their chart-topping debut single 'Cannonball'. 'Wings' shifted 106,766 copies to land the top spot.Band member Jesy commented: "This has been the best week ever. We feel like ‘Wings’ is our baby that we’ve been waiting to unleash on the world. To have it released and go straight to No.1 is just incredible. Thank you to everyone that has bought the single this week, it means so much to us."Little Mix are currently writing and recording their debut album, set for release in November.

'Wings' flies to number one with over 105,000 copies sold.

Marika Hackman
More in tone with Laura Marling than the bouncier tones of recent Noah And The Whale efforts, Marika Hackman's debut double A-side single has a lot to admire, yet repeat listens will entirely depend on your mood. Both 'You Come Down' and 'Mountain Spines' have sumptuous vocals from Hackman, ethereal yet captivating, and smartly both tracks have subtle instrumental backing to put the vocals front-and-centre. The problem is that it neither are the cheeriest of affairs; not problematic for some, but potentially off-putting for others.

Single of the Week

If you're in the mood for some driving indie pop/rock, you couldn't go far wrong than putting on Tokyo shoegazers taffy's latest single. 'Flower Chain' is three minutes of fun, pepped-up rock that proves as infectious as it is pleasingly straightforward.

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