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Singles Round Up: 1st September 2014

Singles Round Up: 1st September 2014

I instantly regretted my decision as first up is ‘Forgive and Forget’, a risible piece of indie dance cobblers from z-division indie rubbish merchants <b>The Kooks</b>. I’ll hopefully be able to forget the time I wasted on this dross but I definitely won’t forgive. Slightly better is ‘Cloudfest’, a jaunty ditty from <b>Dexters</b> that is saved from dreary mundanity by a pleasingly frantic finale.<p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158124301&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false"></iframe><p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/uKHlKNfpMgc?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><p><p>Although the PR contains some ludicrously OTT bragging, ‘Possessed’ from East London lads <b>The Howling</b>, is a meaty chunk of hard rock that should get the crowds thrashing around at the metal disco. Less interesting is the doom-laden grunge of ‘Lizard Baby’, which seems a step backwards by <b>Pulled Apart By Horses </b>. Fortunately the new album, <a href=" http://music.thedigitalfix.com/content/id/20652/pulled-apart-by-horses.html">Blood</a>, is a much more enticing prospect.<p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158124301&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false"></iframe><p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/TqeTbdbd-ms?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><p><p>Next up are a couple of examples of dull electro-pop. First is ‘Beggin For Thread’, the latest from LA’s <b>Banks</b>. Perfectly produced and performed but underwhelming in the extreme while <b>Duke Dumont’s</b> ‘Won't Look Back’ is only saved from the same fate by its excellent vocalist. <p><p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Twix375Me4Q?list=UU31UIMFMhdGC_n6oWpESq6w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/kv_cwzAIOHs?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><p>After garnering our coveted Single of the Week award with their debut single ‘Salo’, <b>Oxford Style</b> continue their fine work with ‘Halcyon Days’, another wonderfully downbeat piece of art pop. On a different, but equally impressive note, is the fuzzed up 90s style alt-indie of ‘You Come To Kill Me?!’ from <b>Happyness</b> which comes on the back of the mighty fine debut album, <i>Weird Little Birthday</i>. Ones to watch, for sure.<p><p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/p6skfZYUJk4?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159864464&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false"></iframe><p><p><b><u><center>Single of the Week</b></u></center><p>Spinning away from the rest this week is ‘Spin-O-Rama’ a short, sharp and insanely catchy tune from recently revived 80s pop maestros <b> The Primitives</b>. As near a perfect example of the art of making a 7” single that you could ever wish to hear. Marvellous!<p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/1fDTUhlYMdc?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Singles Round Up: 30th June 2014

Singles Round Up: 30th June 2014

With the Tour De France kicking off next week in sunny Leeds, it’s only fitting that this week’s motley collection of singles should feature the latest from Yorkshire’s own <b>Embrace</b>. Sadly, they won’t be riding off with the yellow jacket as ‘I Run’ is a hideously dull indie dirge that tries, and fails to hit the kind of epic beauty that Elbow are so adept at. A much better bet is the second single from Doves frontman <b>Jimi Goodwin’s</b> solo album. ‘Live Like A River’ has an atonal intro, a synth heavy, almost garage rock edginess which, combined with Goodwin’s laconic drawl and a disconcertingly sharp finish, makes for great listening. <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Yw_omiDSRZs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/PhfpngD_BxM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><p>Talking of garage rock, we have ‘Suicide’ by <b>Algernon Doll</b> a song that has its grunge influences on show but which ends up sounding like the kind of record I’d have bought 20 years ago and played two or three times. But, as retro ditties go, it could be worse as is proved by the depressingly tedious swirling shoegaze of ‘Trembling Moon’ by <b>Kult Country</b>. Amazingly it’s not the worst retro rubbish to come pumping out of the speakers this week; that honour goes to the unbelievably bad 70s AOR nonsense from <b>Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks</b>. Maybe ‘Chartjunk’ is meant to be some kind of weird homage to Billy Joel but it is just hideous on every level.<p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/qwidDxTdWcs?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/150388388&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false"></iframe><p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/mjQ3F3PUnl4?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><p>If the new Lana Del Ray album has proved as big a disappointment to you as it has to me, then we have a few offerings of stripped backed brooding melancholia that should sate your appetite. First up to the plate is Berliner <b>Miss Kenichi</b> with ‘Who Are You’, a downbeat offering that is the perfect vehicle for her dark and deadly voice that could surely stun a sweeping herd of wildebeest in to submission. Next up is the haunting <b>Agnes Obel </b> whose own delicate tones are only intensified by the sparse piano backing on the simply beautiful ‘Words Are Dead’. Holding the fort for the gents is the angelic voiced <b>Ásgeir</b> with ‘Was There Nothing’, another slice of mesmeric and spine tingling Icelandicana.<p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/dWa0fGAJEpQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/110916899&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false"></iframe><p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Z5XdDXCZmr4?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><p>That just leaves us to pronounce our winner so without further ado we have<p><center><b><U>Single of the Week </center></b></U><p>Coming over like a bizarre cross between Maximo Park and The Divine Comedy, ‘Salo’, the debut single from <b>Oxford Style</b> is the kind of arty rocker that I should absolutely love, what with its almost formal vocal delivery, doomy synths and hefty guitar riffs and shift in style and tone towards the end. And you know what? I do absolutely love it. It is is just kind of well-crafted alternative pop music that can put the smile back on the face of even an old curmudgeon such as myself. Marvellous. <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/3585NyYFRrM?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>