The Horrors, Nine Inch Nails, Them Crooked Vultures
1. The Horrors – Whole New Way
And you thought you knew ‘Primary Colours’ inside out… Well, our favourite crow-haired, Mercury-nominated goth hotties are now releasing this bonus track from the Japanese issue of the album on October 19, and we can’t help but wonder why it didn’t make the cut. With vibrant, quiggly guitar, a Joy Division bassline and strange underwater anime sounds, it’s bright, beautiful and instantly beloved.
2. Beastie Boys feat. Nas – Too Many Rappers
Few things have bummed out our summer as much as news of MCA’s cancer and the delay of the Beasties’ ‘Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 1’ album. But we can console ourselves with this collaboration.
3. Ou Est Le Swimming Pool – Dance The Way I Feel
Failing at French (that should be ‘Où Est La Piscine?’, chaps) but winning at electropop, Camden trio OELSP take Heartbreak’s catchy melodramatics and Passion Pit’s doe-eyed euphoria and throw it around the dancefloor like a ragdoll made of synths and stitched together with spun glee.
4. Erol Alkan – Waves
No-one likes giving others the glory the whole time, and this banging single sees our Erol finally stepping from the über-producer/superstar DJ shadows to scream, “MEEE! MEEE! IT’S ALL ABOUT ME!’ via the medium of demented, niggly synths that bore through your cochlea and into your reptilian brain to trigger some crazy dancing.
5. Delorean – Deli
If The Horrors think they’ve got the drop on the reinvention thing, they might want to have a chat with these lads. From the Basque region of Spain, they started out as emo rockers before morphing into euphoric trance-pop meerkats. Snapped up by hypercool French bloggers Fluo Kids for their Fool House label. This highlight from their ‘Ayrton Senna’ EP is like mainlining glitter.
6. Lou Barlow – The Right
The lo-fi hero and lovable Dinosaur Jr bassist’s solo output, whether as Sebadoh, Folk Implosion or, as here, under his own name, has always been every bit as compelling as that of the slacker-rock legends that made his name. This single, with freight-train drums by Dale Crover of Melvins, is so sweet and nostalgic you just want to ruffle its hair.
7. Them Crooked Vultures – Scumbag Blues
The supergroup to end ’em all (Queens! Led Zep! Foos!) are teasing us with this mere snippet of a taster from their forthcoming album, but rogues though they are, we actually love it. Bluesy, bruising and, yes, utterly every bit what you would expect, but how is that a bad thing?
8. Everything Everything – MY KZ UR BF
We prefer not to let bands speak for themselves as they talk rubbish, but, in the case of this melodic post-punk/math/prog-pop Manchester quartet, we can’t think of much better to say than that this song “imagines what it would be like to try and have a relationship if your country was being bombed by an occupying nation, from the point of view of a post-traumatic stress disorder-ed R&B lothario”. Yep.
9. Nine Inch Nails – Cars
There were some emotional scenes for muscular goths as industrial legends Nine Inch Nails shuffled off the gigging coil at their ‘Wave Goodbye’ shows at the Hollywood Palladium last week. Trent Reznor and his black-clad minions were joined onstage by their gloomy teen pin-up and inspiration Gary Numan for a rendition of the Numanoid’s own ‘Metal’ and a brilliant romp through ‘Cars’. Reznor has never looked so camp, or so cool.
10. Shakira – She Wolf (Calvin Harris Remix)
We’ve long been admirers of Colombian pop goddess Shakira, her mad lyrics and her resolutely non-mountainous breasts. Her lupine and loopy new single does not disappoint, with saucy wolf cries and diamond lines, such as “I’m starting to feel just a little abused, like a coffee machine in an office”. Our chum Calvin adds DFA-ish cowbell and Saturday night synths for extra RRRRRR.