Singles of the Week
A brash slab of rocking, doom-laden riffs sees Leeds five-piece Black Moth getting a real groove on with new single 'Savage Dancer'. Like Black Sabbath with Grace Slick from Jefferson Airplane behind the mic, this is a rollicking, psychedelic trip down the back alleys of their hometown.
Menacing atmospherics crash in slow motion with thunderous electronic beats on Death Rattle's second EP Fortress. Helen Hamilton's ethereal and haunting vocals float over the top in what is a really unsettling fifteen minutes of electro-pop, full of lush textures but a little lacking in originality.
Currently in the middle of an exhaustive UK tour Dingus Khan are releasing their new single ‘Knifey Spoony’. A catchy guitar riff and lead singer Ben Brown's distinctive vocal ultimately saves the track. It’s not going to break any musical barriers but it’s a good bit of fun, especially when watching it with the single’s appropriately ridiculous video.
Disclosure feat. Eliza Doolittle
Disclosure's collaboration with Eliza Doolittle is another decent stab at ambient dance. Low-key and relatively under-produced, 'You & Me', is as much a showcase for the singer's vocals as it is the brothers production. Doubled up with a suitably passive video, this isn't something that pushes musical boundaries but it is a good cross-over single.
Taken from Emily Wells' upcoming UK debut album Mama, 'Passenger' is all about Wells' alluring vocals. Supported by minimal beats, the vocals swim beautifully through the track to craft something unique, a little unsettling and infectious.
Lars and The Hands Of Light
‘Time To Glow’ by Lars and The Hands of Light is a rather hallucinogenic offering that is certainly a step in a different direction. The track wouldn’t seem out of place on an 80s movie soundtrack (The Breakfast Club springs to mind) and so seems almost nostalgic. This trippy debut is the first single from their album also released this week, Baby, We Could Die Tomorrow that is likely to be just as atmospheric.
Stagecoach’s new single ‘Action’ (from the upcoming album Say Hi to the Band) is a 2 minute 20 second ride through bona fide musical excellence. Combining guitars, keyboards and swirling melodies, the song sounds like the perfect accompaniment to driving down the freeway as fast as you can with the song playing loudly in the background with that perfect 70s vibe.
Single of the Week
Hero are offering their powerful new single ‘Raise It Up’ as a free download this week. As debut singles go this is certainly an interesting one from the Brighton-based rock band, with powerful and endearing vocals, reminiscent of Hayley Williams. Paired with the impressive backup, they’ve definitely got the right idea. I don’t think this will be the last you hear from Hero this year and I’d be sure to get this single whilst it's free.