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Singles Round Up: 18th May 2014

Luckily there have been very few singles sent our way this week so the chances of encountering anything unbearably hideous have been drastically reduced. Let's kick things off with the obligatory electro pop offerings.<p>First up is the latest from <b>Wild Beasts</b>, ‘A Simple Beautiful Truth’ which may be well constructed but is just too damn fluffy and unengaging for my tastes. Much better is the latest solo effort from Stereolab’s <b>Lætitia Sadier</b>, as sweet a piece of horn-driven pop beauty that you could wish for. Perfect listening for a warm spring day. Sadly, there is no video or stream available so you’ll just have to head over to iTunes to check it out yourself.<p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/JOIYLIgOY1Y" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><p>If you like gently meandering funky jazz noodling then the ‘Simple’ EP by Polish duo <b>Skalpel</b> will provide you with some choice cuts. I don’t, so time to move swiftly along.<p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/gMp7XKbP2hY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><p>It is with great trepidation that I entered the long ignored world of <b>James Blunt</b> but, despite the ever-looming worry of being thoroughly Twitter thrashed by Blunty himself, I ploughed straight on in and, you know what, ‘Postcards’ isn’t anywhere near as irritating as you might expect. A maudlin, piano-led intro leads in to a jangly, ukulele-powered pop song that would be welcomed with open arms by many an achingly hip hipster were it to come out of some underground singer from Red Hook, Brooklyn rather than the arena-filling Bluntmeister. <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/DB7jsjt4Uec" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><p>Operating in roughly the same ball park is the unbelievably dull <b>Sam Smith</b> whose latest opus is only saved from the realms of total mundanity by the sparingly used gospel backing. How Smith won the BBC Voice of 2014 award is baffling. <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/pB-5XG-DbAA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><p>And so we come to the end and what better way to finish off than with the Single of the Week. A mean, moody and magnificent take on The Knife’s ‘Pass This On’ by eclectic rockabilly punker <b>Dan Sartain</b> provides yet more evidence that less electro and more xylophone can work wonders with any song.<p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/nfNXgAysFd8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>