20 Tracks You Need To Hear This Week (11/6/2014)

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20 Tracks You Need To Hear This Week (11/6/2014)


20 Tracks You Need To Hear This Week (11/6/2014)
Real Lies – North Circular
Kate Tempest is being heralded as Mike Skinner’s successor, but dark electro-pop group Real Lies are also putting themselves forward as contenders for that crown. ‘North Circular’ is an ode to the road that runs around north London, eliciting images of lethargic nightbus journeys, bleak concrete jungles and orange-lit bridges over subtle, gloomy house. A powerful cut of urban storytelling that’s relatable and stirring.

Rhian Daly, Assistant Reviews Editor

Caribou – Can’t Do Without You
Caribou’s 2010 album ‘Swim’ was an immersive wonder. Canadian Dan Snaith has kept us waiting since for a taste of something new, but the opening track from forthcoming new record ‘Our Love’, arriving in October, doesn’t disappoint. It’s got all the signature build of Caribou: a wedding cake of loops, simmering horns, whispered vocals, repetitive mantras and frenetic drumming layered and layered and layered… until it all comes tumbling down.

Greg Cochrane, Editor, NME.COM

Blood Orange – April’s Bathroom Bummer
After the release of last year’s smooth disco album ‘Cupid Deluxe’, Dev Hynes aka Blood Orange worked on the soundtrack to recent film Palo Alto, based on a collection of James Franco’s short stories. This first song taken from that OST fits the agitated tales of teen angst in the book, its terse piano and rickety percussive skits melting with menacing brass interludes to make this an uncomfortable, but thrilling, listen.

Jenny Stevens, Deputy News Editor

Drake – 0 To 100/The Catch Up
Drake has been busier than recent press coverage suggests. Pictured removing fluff from his slacks with a lint-roller at a basketball match in April, the Canadian rapper seemed to be idling, comically. This absorbing six-minute single proves otherwise. A typically miserable outro features a fragmented warble from James Blake, but the cocksure first half sees Drake punchily reaffirming his work ethic: “Fuck all that ‘Drake you gotta chill’ shit”.

Ben Homewood, writer

TV On The Radio – New Song #3
The drip-feed of the fifth TV On The Radio album continues. At the end of May, Brooklyn’s hippest art-rockers lit up California’s BottleRock festival with three new songs to go with last year’s lone singles ‘Mercy’ and ‘Million Miles’. The standout was an electrifying return to their ‘Wolf Like Me’ school of relentless, charged delirium, with Tunde Adebimpe’s loose-tongued rants getting a further boot up the arse from Kyp Malone’s furious riffing.

Matthew Horton, writer

Simian Mobile Disco – Parson’s Nose
Taken from ‘Content’, a new compilation to celebrate 20 years of Leeds house label 2020Vision that’s been put together by founder Ralph Lawson, ‘Parson’s Nose’ mixes the deep with the dubby. Despite having a name that conjures up images of a particularly wanky craft beer, this is a solid seven-and-a-half-minute excursion into soft and squelchy sound from SMD, proving that for all the Arctic Monkeys, Haim and Florence production gigs, James Ford is still a club bangers boy at heart.

Leonie Cooper, writer

Tops – Change Of Heart
Arbutus Records have got a knack for scoping out the lushest sounds of Montreal. Having previously birthed and raised Grimes, they have a dozy-eyed delight on their hands now in Tops’ stunning new single ‘Change Of Heart’. It’s a windswept wonder of foggy synths, graced by spectral strums of guitar that recall the lo-fi outings of pre-4AD Ariel Pink.

James Balmont, writer

The Family Rain – You Should Be Glad You’ve Got a Man
When Alex Turner sounded the rallying cry for rock’n’roll at the Brits, The Family Rain’s ears must have been burning. They’ve been knocking out great British rock songs like Andy Murray serving in the final at Wimbledon, and this lead single from their ‘Hunger Sauce’ EP is yet another ace. Built around Tim Walter’s machine gun drumming, and with handclaps even Pharrell would applaud, this is one tasty summer single. Strawberries and cream, anyone?

Kevin EG Perry, writer

Spoon – The Rent I Pay
The joy of Spoon is their ability to do a lot with a little. Across their seven albums, the Texan band have found ways to turn simple guitar loops, drum beats and melodies into mini-epics full of groove and soul. Much of that soul comes from singer Britt Daniel, whose voice is a wonderfully pained and wretched instrument. “Everybody knows, just where you’ve been going / And if that’s your answer, no I ain’t your dancer,” he goes over Television-ey chords, and you know damn well he means it.

Tom Howard, Assistant Editor

Angel Haze – 22 Jump Street
With this song, Angel Haze helps promote the Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum sequel of the same name. ’22 Jump Street’ the ditty is an all-out EDM assault that sees her team up with Ludacris to make something that even Skrillex might think was a bit much. What it lacks in subtlety, though, it makes up for in energy, Haze riding the furious BPM with ease and talking about “trying to find a new drug called WiFi”.

David Renshaw, News Reporter

Poliça – You Don’t Own Me
‘You Don’t Own Me’, originally recorded by US singer Lesley Gore, is a brassy bubblegum-pop classic. Poliça, though, have a habit of chewing the flavour out of things until they’re dark and sour, and this cover is no exception: a swooning and sinister riposte to a controlling dickhead as Channy Leaneagh sings “[i]I’m not just one of your little toys/You don’t own me/Don’t say I can’t play with other boys[i]”. You’d be a fool to call her bluff.

Ben Hewitt, writer

Allah Lahs – Worship The Sun
As the late, great Lou Reed once said, “One chord is fine. Two chords, you’re pushing it. Three and you’re into jazz”. LA quartet Allah Lahs’ latest would be alright by Lou. It’s a hypnotic thing that pinballs between two notes for its two-minute entirety, and is basically a laid-back, surfy take on a kind of Modern Lovers-esque simplicity. Going nowhere never sounded so satisfying.

Lisa Wright, writer

Shy Nature – She Comes, She Goes

Rhian Daly, Assistant Reviews Editor

Circa Waves – Young Chasers
Circa Waves are back with a two-minute blast of distortion that proves they’re on course to make “a riot” of an album”, as they told NME they would at The Great Escape. ‘Young Chasers’ sees Keiran Shuddall, a frontman weaned on The Strokes and early Maccabees, singing words about chasing yoofs down streets ’til his soles bleed. Likely to be massive at Reading and Leeds this summer.

Hazel Sheffield, writer

Joyce Manor – Catalina Fight Song
It’s business as usual for South Bay pop-punk terrors Joyce Manor on new single ‘Catalina Fight Song’ – a rapid minute-long frenzy of sugar-rush hooks and nostalgic missives from the edge of adulthood. Taken from upcoming third album ‘Never Hungover Again’, their formula hasn’t really changed since 2012’s overlooked ‘Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired’ but, when the singalong hooks and giddy Jawbreaker-do-Weezer guitar thrills are this massive, who the hell cares?

Al Horner, Assistant Editor, NME.COM

Public Access TV – Rebounder
Back in 1994, Blur’s ‘Girls & Boys’ raised eyebrows with its blending of genders: girls wanting boys wanting boys wanting girls and so on. Public Access TV’s ‘Rebounder’ is an homage to the song musically and lyrically, even if the words are a bit more base: “She really wants a boy, who wants to fuck a girl, and make things right”, it says. Sunny, breezy, New York indie-pop, it might just be the sound of summer. Summer 1994.

Dan Stubbs, News Editor

Sia – Eye Of The Needle
The brilliant one-take video for ‘Chandelier’, the monster first single from Sia’s July 8-released sixth album, ‘1000 Forms Of Fear’, clocked up a mighty 22million YouTube views in just a month. She follows it with ‘Eye Of The Needle’, a more sombre but equally impressive track. Co-written with British songwriter Chris Braide, it’s both anthemic and compelling, focusing intense attention on the Australian just as she’s expressed a desire to drop completely out of public life.

Phil Hebblethwaite, writer

Traams – Giddy
This is the first track from the Chichester band’s ‘Cissa’ EP, out next week. Like their brilliant debut – last year’s ‘Grin’ – it’s produced by Rory Attwell and Hookworms’ MJ, the ultimate pairing of British, lo-fi, rackety indie-band overlords. ‘Giddy’ – named after singer/guitarist Stu Hopkins’ occasional yelps of “Giddy up!” – is three minutes of cantering that resembles the chuntering rhythm of early Supergrass, the artsiness of Abe Vigoda and the gawkiness of Clor. A head-spinning treat.

JJ Dunning, writer

Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence
If you thought Lily Allen’s comeback was laden with blog-baiting sentiments, then get ready for the inevitable media shitstorm of LDR album two. “He hit me and it felt like a kiss” coos Lana, referencing The Crystals’ controversial 1962 Phil Spector-produced single. “Give me all of that ultraviolence”. Musically, it’s full of the kind of forlorn strings and gorgeously sweeping nostalgia you’d expect; lyrically… well, let’s see how that one works out for her.

Lisa Wright, writer

Jenny Lewis – Just One Of The Guys
Nope, Jenny Lewis isn’t lamenting her inability to be taken seriously as a beer-guzzling, terrace-chanting lad on this first taste from her new solo album, ‘The Voyager’. Instead, biology’s got her worried: “No matter how hard I try to have an open mind/There’s a little clock inside that keeps ticking,” she coos over elegant folk-pop. Then, everything slows for her to make her point crystal clear: “I’m just another lady without a baby.”

Rhian Daly, Assistant Reviews Editor