Weezer, Karen O, The Hot Rats
1. Karen O And The Kids – All Is Love
Art-punk priestess Karen O has always had a childish side, from working with Tiny Masters Of Today to raiding the dress-up box for her stage outfits. Just the girl, then, to soundtrack ex-squeeze Spike Jonze’s film adaptation of best kids’ book EVER Where The Wild Things Are (out Dec 11). Sweet vocals, giddy drums and wide-eyed glee: it’s a date with the cute.
2. Weezer – (If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To
Well well well! We thought we’d lost them forever to moustachioed, semi-ironic, turgid Foo Fighters-esque FM rock, but the neurotic indie-punkers seem to have been chugging less on the kegs and more on the elixir of youth recently. This taster from their forthcoming album ‘Raditude’, out October 26, is a fresh, bouncy, power-poppy puppy of a thing that might just start humping your leg if you’re not careful.
3. Filthy Dukes Feat. Wiley – Tupac Robot Club Rock
In which Wiley muscles in on Filthy Dukes’ collaboration with Plastic Little, leaving the Philly party rappers with just a chorus while he makes off with verses like “I graduated and now I’m a scholar/The UK don who the kids wanna follow” and ridiculous Italo-house piano. Next thing, he’ll be wearing their Rolex.
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4. Wildbirds & Peacedrums – My Heart
Folk doesn’t come much more alt, or much more lovely, that Sweden’s Wildbirds & Peacedrums. This gorgeous ballad, also available on blood-red vinyl, finds singer Mariam Wallentin addressing her own aorta, telling it to slow down, and not to stop. We just wish she’d have a word with ours as well.
5. Bad Lieutenant – Sink Or Swim
The first track from Bernard Sumner and Phil Cunningham from New Order’s new band is hardly a massive step forward, being as it is a breezily emotional slice of radio-friendly guitar rock lacking only a Hooky bassline and a bit of keyboard to make it a New Order track. What it lacks in novelty, though, it makes up for in sweet melancholy.
6. Good Shoes – The Way My Heart Beats
The return of south London’s lovelorn indie-poppers is heralded not by a fanfare but by a salvo of spiky guitars. Good job, because a fanfare would be totally out of place in this typically taut tale of love gone wrong. The world may have changed, but Good Shoes’ formula of hooks’n’heartache remains the same.
7. Invasion – Spells Of Deception
Metal: no longer just for corpse-painted muppets and ironic hipsters, thanks to the Sabbath-indebted blast of colour that Invasion have injected into the genre. Marek Steven’s alternately doomy and thrashy three-string guitar attack, Zel Kaute’s battering drums and Chan Brown’s hellbound soul diva bellow make up a primal, gutsy sound that’s as mystical as it is visceral: not only that, but a hell of a lot of fun. This limited 10-inch, preceding their forthcoming, and rather ace, debut ‘The Master Alchemist’, works like a charm.
8. Hadouken! – Mad
They’re back in black and, as befits their more sombre look, this comeback single from the rave rabble is the most aggressive, hardest thing we’ve heard from them yet. James appears to be offering the entire world for a fight, tooled up with crunching hardcore techno and bawling “You wanna go some? You wanna spar?” like Keith Prodigy if someone pulled out his piercings in the pub. The video, featuring a cat-and-mouse fight that makes Itchy & Scratchy look like, er, pussies, has to be seen to be believed.
9. Get Back Guinozzi – Low Files Tropical
Sweet-voiced tropical weird-pop sounds from this French five-piece, fronted by the Coco Rosie-ish vocals of Eglantine Gouzy, whose lyricaal oddity the band describe as “English in a baboon style”, this dreamy, sparkly, lovers rock reggae-tinged cutie is aural piña colada.
10. The Hot Rats – Can’t Stand It
The fun that Supergrassers Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey are having with Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich for some rough’n’ready cover versions is infectious, particularly on this cocky take on The Velvet Underground. A bit stompy, a bit Stonesy, a lot awesome.