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Queens Of The Stone Age, !!!. Miles Kane in our 10 tracks of the week
Queens Of The Stone Age - 'My God Is The Sun'
Somewhere out in the desert, with the sun high in the sky, my guide stopped dead and motioned to me to be silent. He crouched and pressed his ear close to the ground. "It's coming," he whispered. There was fear in his eyes. We saw him coming over the horizon at the same moment: a strutting ginger man-mountain made of noise and testosterone, his eyes clouded by a narcotic haze. Behind him he dragged the bruised and bloodied bodies of Dave Grohl, Alex Turner and that dude out of Scissor Sisters. The metallic taste of fear turned to adrenaline on my lips. Or, you know, maybe somebody just sent me a YouTube video. Whatevs. Either way, six long years since we last heard a new Queens Of The Stone Age tune, the arrival of 'My God Is The Sun' feels like a moment. It shrugs off any weight of expectation it might have felt from the moment it opens with the shake of a maraca, always a sure sign that a band is here for a good time. The track that roars forth is as ferocious as we'd hoped it would be, all driving riffs beneath Josh Homme's unmistakable croon. What this means for '…Like Clockwork', due this June, remains to be seen. We do know this: it's going to get heavy.
Kevin EG Perry, Assistant Editor, NME.COM
Miles Kane - 'Don't Forget Who You Are'
A positively Wings-y piece of '70s-polished rockabilly stomp from Miles' new album, in which he urges you not to "let your worries dictate who you are". It's determined to give you a PMA with bashes of cymbals and saucy "LALALA"s. Look perky!
Duncan Gillespie, writer
Baby Strange - 'Pure Evil'
A snarling fuck you to anyone who likes trance music, Scottish newcomers Baby Strange are proper punk romanticists. Theirs is a world of flowers in dustbins, throwing stuff at people outside Wetherspoon's and hating on anyone with a glowstick. Devilishly snide, their debut is as good a manifesto as we've heard all year.
Danielle Reed, writer
Los Porcos - 'Do You Wanna Live?'
Former members of Wu Lyf (not Ellery) ditch the symbols, facemasks and organ for… funk?! During this six-minute
jam, there are "HURGHS", falsetto wails and a delightfully silly guitar solo. It's waaay more like 'Before Today'-era Ariel Pink than anything on 'Go Tell Fire To The Mountain'.
Emelie Joy, writer
Action Bronson feat. Lauriana Mae - 'Compliments 2 The Chef'
The erstwhile gourmet chef loves to munch, this we know. His blinding new track references zucchini flowers, tapioca and ricotta while swinging gleefully on a sunny riff and old-school haziness. Bronson gets a zillion Michelin stars for this – the best hip-hop tune of the year so far.
Lucy Jones, Deputy Editor, NME.COM
Frankie & The Heartstrings - 'Nothing Our Way'
Produced by Bernard Butler, the Heartstrings' comeback single has a familiar ring, from its robust wall of sound to its good old jangly guitar. Frankie's facing the pain of relationship disaster but 'Nothing Our Way' romps with the confidence of a band that's getting bigger and better with every step.
Matthew Horton, writer
Zomby - 'With Love'
Not a song, as such. More just three minutes of sparse ambience from the only person on Twitter nearly as entertaining as Wiley. The eerie crackles, thumps and echoes sound as if they're recorded in a demon's womb, and the sense of deep sadness throughout will leave you reflective, fragile and uneasy. Maximum oddness.
Tom Howard, Reviews Editor
!!! - 'One Girl/One Boy'
It's still bleak. It's still cold. The sky's looked like a pair of greying knickers for AGES. So thank God New York funk band !!! are back with a slick groove as sunkissed as a Thomson holiday brochure. It'll be soundtracking soggy barbecues in no time.
Jenny Stevens, Deputy News Editor
When Saints Go Machine feat. Killer Mike - 'Love And Respect'
The Danes return with this first single from their forthcoming album 'Infinity Pool'. With nocturnal electro beats and a sinister guest spot from Atlanta rapper Killer Mike, it sounds like the soundtrack to a crime thriller. Which is why its music video is basically Drive.
Eve Barlow, Deputy Editor
Empress Of - 'Hat Trick'
Lorely Rodriguez is in love with a figment of her imagination on this track from forthcoming EP, 'Systems'. "I think you're a dream to me," she trills over looping, starry synths and breathy effects. Take three minutes, listen to it, maybe have a sexy daydream.
Siân Rowe, Assistant Reviews Editor
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