Josh Homme, Swim Deep, Jamie xx
Josh Homme – ‘Nobody To Love’
The strange rumblings coming from Queens Of The Stone Age’s desert compound have been growing louder in the last few months. Eagles Of Death Metal frontman and Queens confidant Jesse Hughes told NME that their hungrily awaited new record sounds “badass”, while Arctic Monkeys have flown out to Joshua Tree in California too. At least that’s what Matt Helders’ mum told us.
Whether that means the Sheffield lads will turn up on QOTSA’s follow-up to 2007’s ‘Era Vulgaris’ remains to be seen, but in the meantime at least one tune reaches us from the wilderness. A Josh Homme solo track, ‘Nobody To Love’ was co-written with composer David Sardy – a multiple Grammy and Brit Award-winning producer with a stellar credits list including everyone from Noel Gallagher to LCD Soundsystem. In this case he teamed up with Homme for the soundtrack to cop movie End Of Watch, in which Jake Gyllenhaal takes on a drug cartel.
The song itself suggests a man who has a much better relationship with his local drug dealers, even if he does sing “No pill’s gonna cure my ill”. This isn’t a full-on Queens rocker, but Homme’s crunching guitars and languorous croon do more than enough to make us itch for another hit sooner rather than later.
Kevin EG Perry
Swim Deep – ‘Orange County’
Anyone remember The OC? Ryan and Summer and Marissa and Seth and Chrismukkah? It would have been a much, much darker show if Swim Deep’s ‘Orange County’ – the B-side of their new single ‘Honey’ – had been the theme tune. Led by a lonely guitar line, it’s a simple, brooding piece of shoe-dragging indie from the rather less sunkissed climes of Birmingham.
Solange – ‘Losing You’
It’s surprising that the amount of online love for this release from Beyoncé’s Sister™ hasn’t caused Blogageddon. Another wildcard from The Indie Knowles, ‘Losing You’ (produced by Blood Orange and Lightspeed Champion man Dev Hynes) has R&B handclaps and harmonies, and rests upon the synths of an OMD classic.
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Deftones – ‘Tempest’
Chino Moreno and his gang of Californian rock BASTARDS are back back back to bring the noise, old-school style. A teaser for the quintet’s seventh album, ‘Tempest’ is every bit as riffy and bleak as it absolutely should be, like a mellow Mastodon whispering stories about murderers in your ear. But then the screams come…
Ceremony – ‘Everything Burns’
A split single with their touring partners Titus Andronicus, Ceremony’s half lasts for 112 seconds and is filled with maniacal guitars. Since their acclaimed debut album ‘Zoo’, they’ve been straying from the hardcore blast of their earlier records, and it suits them down to the ground.
SBTRKT – ‘Terminal’
It’s housey. It’ll make your head bob off. Yes, it’s a new addition to SBTRKT’s SoundCloud. The only thing missing? The vocals that made ‘SBTRKT’ undoubtedly one of 2011’s best debut albums. Here’s hoping Sampha, Little Dragon and Jessie Ware will pop up for some guest slots soon.
Marching Church – ‘Throughout The Borders’
Elias Bender Rønnenfelt from Iceage has about 30,00 different projects going on at the moment, but Marching Church is almost certainly his most beguiling. ‘Throughout The Borders’ recalls the best bits of early Pink Floyd (yes – acoustic guitars!) while also fitting in alongside the great goth resurgence of 2012 (spearheaded by the likes of Floridian mesmerisers Merchandise).
Tom Odell – ‘Another Love’
This piano-playing heart-throb was given the seal of approval by Lily Allen (sorry, Lily Rose-Cooper) in last week’s NME for good reason. ‘Another Love’ may start like a typical bland ballad, but hang on in there and you’ll be hooked by the arresting energy of his voice. Thanks Lil!
Darkstar – ‘Timeaway’
This London trio recorded their new album in Yorkshire, but they should totally tell everyone they did it on the moon. Like 2010’s album ‘North’, ‘Timeaway’ is a futuristic ballad, full of cold synthesizers and vocalist James Buttery sounding like a lonely spaceman.
Jamie XX vs Angel Haze – ‘New York’
Fresh from deck duties on Haze’s debut EP ‘Reservation’, producer The 83rd has mashed up her track ‘New York’ with Jamie xx’s version of Gil Scott-Heron’s ‘New York Is Killing Me’. Kicking off with a low-pitch version of Haze’s vocal, it’s a fresh, dub-laden dancefloor dream.