Singles Round-Up: w/c 12th January 2015

Another year, another twelve months spent rifling through the disparate collection of proper singles that you can buy in a shop, album tracks with 'impact' dates, Soundcloud streams and anonymous EPs from hopeful hordes. The industry is still shaking off the effects of too many mince pies and too much egg nog, so not much to talk about for our first round-up of 2015.

Slaves have been getting the column issues for sure, but the ubiquity of the guitar and drum duo format only exposes their workaday grunge. 'The Hunter' is built on a snaking, sultry riff but doesn't go anywhere afterwards. Zulu Pearls's 'Singles Deluxe' EP has 10 tracks (five originals and five remixes) and if you think we have the time to listen to all of 'em, we want the drugs you're on. Frustratingly, 'Safe Things' and 'Lighweight' have an undeniable East Coast New Wave cool that deserves more time. Check for yourself.

Sweden comes in from the cold in the shape of From Kid. You can hear little shards of Calvin Harris in their gentle pop stylings and as a taster for next month's album, 'Come In' is solid enough, but doesn't particularly get the pulse racing. And neither does Laura Welsh's 'Ghosts', a 'big' tune with hints of Florence (basically the kind of thing you imagine will be on the next Adele album). Whisper it, but this is just the 2015 version of a power ballad.

Brighton's Moulettes tread that quirky promenade that fans of Katzenjammer will appreciate, though there's a grandeur that also recalls Arcade Fire's earlier works. Perhaps too twee for some, 'Glorious Year' still has something about it which should stimulate further investigation. Job done.

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