NME’s Leonie Cooper reviews this week’s singles, featuring Pulled Apart By Horses, James Blake and The Ting Tings
Pulled Apart By Horses
Pulled Apart By Horses – ‘VENOM’
Frothing wildly onto your steel toecaps because you can’t wait for the return of Black Sabbath later this year? Well, simmer down, because Leeds’ preferred screechers are here to help with the countdown to Download. This song essentially takes Ozzy and co’s seminal metal belter ‘Iron Man’ and feeds it arse-first through the office shredder along with a small child’s treasured collection of cuddly toys.
James Blake – ‘Love What Happened Here’
In a parallel universe, James Blake is actually a 50-something jazz groover with wandering hands and a predisposition to go all damp-eyed at the mention of funky ’80s keyboards and bachelor bars. Our version of Blake is a lanky glitch-step pin-up, yet this particular boogie gives you a brief glimpse at what his other-dimensional beret-clad Patrick Bateman counterpart might have come up with.
Azari and III – ‘Reckless (With Your Love)’
If you haven’t been pumping iron daily with the aim of ripping off your string vest, swinging it over your head and showering blissed-out ravers with macho sweat, look away now. Sewing together the sounds of the Haçienda, Studio 54, Horsemeat Disco and the terrace at Space with unadulterated sex, Toronto’s Azari & III have stitched up a 2am house classic.
The Rifles – ‘Sweetest Thing’
Like a fancy dress party where everyone’s come as Paul Weller, The Rifles’ mod-us operandi is to make like The Jam man at every available opportunity. This is a whirl of paisley cravats with nods to a heavily sanitised, Tesco Value sort of psychedelia, more likely to have you pondering your tax return than hallucinating about running naked through cornfields with Jesus in a spacesuit.
NZCA/Lines – ‘Okinawa Channels’
We’ve decided we’re going to forgive Michael Lovett’s slightly jarring nom de tunes, but only because of his wondrous way with a sleaze-free synthgroove. Like Hot Chip after enforce d waxing and compulsory enrolment in BRIT School evening class, ‘Okinawa Channels’ is liquid electronica smoother than Sade sipping piña coladas on Miami Beach.
The Ting Tings – ‘Hang It Up’
Teetering on a tightrope strung up somewhere between really bloody annoying and ‘Licensed To Ill’-era Beastie Boys in Hello Kitty backpacks, The Ting Tings’ comeback track is the musical equivalent of herpes: blindingly catchy, hard to shift and likely to be massive in New York. If you’re still not sold, the fact that they’ve brilliantly nicked the corrosive drums from ‘Fix Up Look Sharp’ should seal the deal.
This article originally appeared in the January 14th issue of NME