1. Summer Camp – ‘I Want You’
Have you ever wanted someone so much that you considered writing their name in blood on the wall? How about hugging them so much you’d snap the bones in their back? No? Well these guys sure have – and this is the darkest lust song disguised as a love ballad we’ve heard in a while. This track’s from Summer Camp’s forthcoming debut album, due out late this summer.
2. Bat For Lashes – ‘Strangelove’ (Depeche Mode cover)
Thank you, Gucci Guilty For Him. The men’s cologne hired Natasha Khan (aka Bat For Lashes) to record this beautiful Depeche Mode cover, likely for a TV ad. So while we’re waiting for her to release her third album, this is a perfectly wonderful treat to tide us over.
3. Telepathique – ‘Chicken Chicken’
These guys hailing from Sao Paolo, Brazil are responsible for one of the freshest, most exciting tracks on the web this week. You can find this song on the band’s ‘All Your Lovers’ EP, which is out now.
4. The Walkmen – ‘While I Shovel The Snow’ & ‘Orange Sunday’
These guys revealed two free song downloads, along with brand new videos for each one – one of a snowy Brooklyn Bridge, and one with a deep sea diver in tropical waters. Trade an email address to download both tracks over at the band’s official website. ‘While I Shovel The Snow’ is from the band’s latest album, ‘Lisbon’, and ‘Orange Sunday’ is a gorgeous bonus track to the album.
5. The Dodos – ‘Don’t Stop’
This song is just further proof that The Dodos are great – and even Neko Case agrees. While she collaborated with the band on some of their next album, ‘No Color’, she revealed on Twitter that this is her “Fave song off new Dodos. Bummed I didn’t didn’t get to sing on it (I shouldn’t be so greedy cuz I did sing on lots).”
6. Dananananaykroyd – ‘E Numbers’
The Glaswegians with the ridiculously difficult name to spell (and say) are back after taking some time off. They’ve been recording their second album in LA with Ross Robinson (At The Drive-in, Blood Brothers, Slipknot) and have just revealed some new material. ‘E Numbers’ is the latest musical installment from the “fight pop”-ers, and it’s mental and oh so good. You can catch them on tour in the UK with Kid Adrift now.
7. Luke Rathborne – ‘Dog Years’
22-year-old New Yorker Luke Rathborne will be releasing a double EP, ‘Dog Years EP’, on March 9th through True Believer. If you happen to read this in time and live in London, stop by Monto Water Rats tonight (Feb 28th) to catch him supporting iVienna and Kelli-Leigh on the last stop of his current UK tour.
8. South Central – ‘The Day I Die’ (The Prodigy Rework)
Having previously supported The Prodigy and Pendulum on tour, it’s nice to see that The Prodigy are now returning the favour with a remix of South Central’s latest single. ‘The Day I Die’ single is due out on March 14th through Egregore Records, and it comes along with this track, plus four additional remixes from Qemists, The Toxic Avenger, Rhythm Masters and Baxen.
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9. The Builders & The Butchers – ‘Lullaby’
Here’s one more exciting act to add to the list of “great bands from Portland, Oregon”. This track, from their latest album (‘Dead Reckoning’), has this dark, twisted Decemberists vibe to it, and the accompanying promo video is equally unsettling and awesome.
10. Billy Vincent – ‘They Break Bones’
Billy Vincent are five guys from London who refer to their sound as “dirty folk”. “For us, it’s all about passion,” says bandmember David Vincent. “We strive to write classic songs, but for us it’s as much about the delivery. If you don’t put your heart and soul into it, it’s pointless. And we give it everything we’ve got.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. You can catch this track on the band’s forthcoming EP, ‘King Island Coyote’, due out April 4th.