WU LYF, Pissed Jeans, Delphic
WU LYF – ‘Triumph’
Game over for WU LYF, then? By the time NME went to press, the future of the Manchester four-piece was still decidedly unclear, despite singer Ellery Roberts’ toxic break-up note – posted to YouTube late last week along with this previously unreleased song – clearly stating that “WU LYF is dead to me”. The band’s representatives failed to shed light on the matter, and even kept quiet when bassist Tom McClung tweeted “Not over yet” just as the wider web was picking up on the story. He posted that directly after another message asking the band’s manager to phone him “immediately”, suggesting that Ellery’s dispatch may have come as something of a surprise to the rest of camp Wu too. What we’re left with is ‘Triumph’ – and on the face of it, it sounds like a, erm, triumph. That is to say, it sounds like WU LYF: deep, euphoric, anthemic, vibrant and unbreakable. Almost. “By the time I wrote this I was already gone,” explained Ellery. Listen really close and you can kind of hear it. Amid the all-for-one spirit that was WU LYF, there’s a weariness here that goes hand-in-hand with the caustic nature of his goodbye letter (“a year spent losing faith”). Not at all pretty then, but these things never are, are they?
Friendly Fires – ‘Why Don’t You Answer?’
Friendly Fires told us earlier this year that they want to take things in a more “expansive” direction, and sure enough here they are covering a pulsating tune by German composer Eberhard Schoener. As the motorik rhythm melts into blissful electronica, you’ll hope this is just the starter for a friendly flamed feast.
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Pissed Jeans – ‘Bathroom Laughter’
“AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHAAAAAHHHH” and “OO” are the two lyrical highlights in Pennsylvanian rock bastards Pissed Jeans’ comeback tune. So loud, so heavy, so brilliantly indecipherable. This is what being pure and righteous fury sounds like, and frontman Matt Korvette’s blood is boiling.
Delphic – ‘Baiya’
Delphic reckon they’ve gone all “soulful” on the follow-up to their New Order-ey debut album ‘Acolyte’. Going on this wistful number, they ain’t lying. Ditching industrial synths for fat drum beats and delicate strings while singer James Cook catchily croons ‘All hell is breaking loose’, ‘Baiya’ is the closest Delphic’ll probably ever come to penning a ballad.
Hodgy Beats – ‘Break Ya Neck’
First it was Christopher Owens and now Hodgy Beats. Are flutes making a comeback? Whether they’re about to become so hot right now or not, Odd Future’s second in command continues his impressive year by going in on the woodwind assisted beat with confidence. Proof there’s more to OF than teenage posturing and merchandise sales.
Loom – ‘Bleed On Me’
Best part about the first ever track from Faris Badwan’s little bro Tarik’s fledgling band? For starters, he barks at one point in the chorus. There’s also the twin guitars – rank and totally messy (yeah!) – and an underlying sense of unholy anger. Total thriller, in other words.
Darwin Deez – ‘Free (The Editorial Me)’
Last time we met Darwin Deez, he came across like a parody of every hipster ever. Now, back with this track trailing his second album, Deez keeps the kooky lyrics (“Life is a greenhouse gas,” he begins) but adds a gnarly, post-grungy chorus. Question is, will the hipsters still be listening?
Fryars – ‘In My Arms’
If misanthropic wunderkind Benjamin Garrett had spent his early days in a monastery they’d have given him the boot sharpish. There’s nothing holy about ‘In My Arms’, just teardrop beats, skin-prickling electro and a sleazy, self-loathing falsetto choruses. Sinners have all the fun, eh?
Jamie Lidell – ‘What A Shame’
The lead track from Warp artist Jamie Lidell’s highly anticipated follow-up to 2010’s ‘Compass’ is monstrous. Maximalist beats, jerky bridges and vocals so soulful they sound obscene in the mouth of a lad from Cambridgeshire all power the electro-funk of ‘What A Shame’. Fans of HudMo and Rustie will want to hear more.