Blanck Mass, Race Horses, Devlin feat. Ed Sheeran
The latest singles reviewed by NME’s Gavin Haynes
The Cast of Cheers – ‘Human Elevator’
The Cast Of Cheers are basically The History Of Apple Pie for people who like their kookiness cut with more pop culture references. This is a great tribute to third-tier indie through the ages; I just wanna put on my Good Shoes hoodie, spin my Geneva records and spend the afternoon internet-bullying the bass player from Dykeenies.
Race Horses – ‘My Year Abroad Stolen’
Everybody loves a year abroad. Brushing flies off dying babies in South Sudan or simply flashing your tits at strangers in Chiang Mai, they’re the reason God made Western youth rich and thick. Looks great on your CV, too. All of which is only partly connected to Race Horses, who, despite sounding like a more adult Pony Club, have produced the best thing I’ve heard in the past 17 days. ‘His ‘n’ Hers’ in the verse and ‘We Are The Pigs’ in the chorus? More exciting than a kibbutz made of foreplay.
Blanck Mass – ‘White Math’
When my Twitter feed filled to the brim with the words ‘FUCK BUTTONS!’ around 9:37pm on Olympic Friday, I thought the Velcro industry were doing one of those sponsored Tweet-mobs. Perhaps to capitalise on his star turn in Danny Boyle’s show, Ben Power has decided to put ‘White Math’ out under his Blanck Mass alias. It’s 11 minutes of high quality drone, and 11 minutes is always the right length for a good old drone, isn’t it?
The Mexanines – ‘Shimmer’
Decent blues riff. WLTM pretty men from Bradford who wear Cuban heels and too much black, for NSA fun times. Originality not important.
Childish Gambino – ‘Firefly’
Fans of the excruciatingly awkward should check out a recent interview between Childish and Chief Keef, in which the sometime thespian grills the world’s most monoglot 17-year-old for six long minutes. Sample: “You ain’t a big talker, right?” Chief Keef: “…” There’s a weird unlicensed ’90s West Coast vibe running through ‘Firefly’ for reasons no one can explain. It resembles Community, the TV show Gambino stars in: polished, but feels like it’s been written by a team of about 50 paid-by-the-gag hacks.
Devlin feat. Ed Sheeran – ‘Watchtower’
Not an ode to the Jehovah’s Witness magazine of the same name, but instead, a standard sampling of the over-familiar Dylan/Hendrix banger. The video features Ed being shot in the guts (never a chore). But the key question: Is Devlin the most over-publicised and under-realised grime star
since Lady Sov?
This article originally appeared in the August 18th issue of NME
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