10 Tracks You Have To Hear This Week (17/04/10)

The Big Pink, The Dead Weather, The Rolling Stones

1. The Big Pink – ‘With You’
Record Store Day, then. Whether you think of it as a celebration of all that’s good and true about records, record shops and indie music today, or 24 hours of bleating about how, like, music’s soooo much more real when you buy it from a Strokes clone who refuses to make eye contact with you from behind the counter of Clique Records, the one thing you can’t argue with is the amount of great new music its limited-edition releases bring to the fore.

Not least this super-rare early demo that can be found on ‘Fragments From Work In Progress’, an EP from 4AD that also features new material from stablemates Blonde Redhead and Gang Gang Dance, making it the most overtly indie 12-inch item outside of Ryan Jarman’s Y-fronts. The song, mystifyingly left off ‘A Brief History Of Love’, is now looking likely to be reworked for future release, and is an intriguingly moody listen. The band amp their tambourine-clatter Velvets homage to all-new levels of honey bee-buzz drone and Robbie’s comedown croon is pleasantly downbeat, backed by echoing bell-gongs that remind us of Christmas. Worth queuing for? Yep – just as well as you won’t get it any other way. [Jamie Fullerton, News Editor]

2. Cocorosie – ‘Surfer Girl’
Originally one of The Beach Boys’ most languid lullabies, here the baby-voiced freak-folkers lend the song a note of faint menace. A special Record Store Day release as a B-side to current single ‘Lemonade’, it won’t appear on the duo’s forthcoming
album ‘Grey Oceans’, so enjoy it now. [Luke Lewis, Deputy Editor, NME.COM]

3. Hot Chip – ‘I Feel Bonnie’
Two months ago we couldn’t think of a single interesting thing to tell you about the new Hot Chip album. Now the surprises won’t stop coming. First there was that Peter Serafinowicz video, now a seven-minute folk-funk remix of ‘I Feel Better’ with Bonnie Will Oldham on vocals. Imagine TV On The Radio covering ‘La Isla Bonita’, only a lot more dolorous and much, much weirder. [Krissi Murison, Editor]


4. The Dead Weather – ‘Die By The Drop’
As Jack White’s excuse to live out his every Robert Plant cock-rock fantasy, TDW often collapse into muddy garage-blues bluster. ‘Die By The Drop’, though, is their sharpest cut yet, full of relentless death-ray guitars, one-note piano played by a serial killer and brass like a cut-throat across the jugular. [Mark Beaumont, writer]

5. Big Boi – ‘Shutterbugg’
It’s somehow apt that Andre 3000 took to wearing dresses, because when it comes
to talent, it was always Big Boi who wore the trousers in OutKast. The first single from ‘Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty’, finally out July, 6 is irresistible hip-hop that walks the tightrope between pop chops and mechanical weirdness. Fantastic chorus, on-point rhyming, and not a jockey outfit to be seen. [Pete Cashmore, writer]


6. LCD Soundsystem –‘Pow Pow’
In 2002 James Murphy was so exasperated by rivals nicking his choice DJ cuts that ‘Losing My Edge’ emerged as a one-sided 12-inch. In the same vinyl tradition comes new track ‘Pow Pow’ especially for Record Store Day. With stylish nihilistic beats under Murphy’s wise, spoken words, it’s a perfect curtain raiser for ‘This Is Happening’. Fight for a copy this Saturday. [Paul Stokes, Associate Editor]


7. The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster – ‘Mission From God’
Many of us at NME assert that TEMBD are the most underrated band in gutter-rock – the unfairly ignored link between Nick Cave’s work with The Birthday Party and debut album by The Horrors. This comeback slab of throbbing, almost glam rhythm and booze punk only adds further weight to that claim. [James McMahon, Features Editor]

8. The Rolling Stones – ‘Plundered My Soul’
This never-before-released track is ‘Exile On Main Street’-era Stones, which means it’s the greatest rock’n’roll band in the world ever at the peak of their powers. It’s an offcut, yes, but that’s the whole point of ‘Exile…’: a record of the most magnificent offcuts you ever heard. [Hamish MacBain, Assistant Editor]

Rolling Stones9. Wacka Flocka Flame – ‘O Let’s Do It’
A few weeks ago Wacka was known as just the crack-obsessed, parole-violating lackey of Gucci Mane. The release of this gruff, rugged, unhinged, but brain-gnawingly catchy official debut, means he’s the most repeated – for more than just amusing alliteration purposes – new name in rap. [Jaimie Hodgson, New Music Editor]

10. JJ – ‘Let Go’
That haunting opening harmonica is causing record numbers of office-stereo double-takes as everyone pricks up their ears and goes, “Is this ‘Thunder Road’? No, it’s JJ again, isn’t it?” No disappointment, though – the duo’s crystalline future folk is as beguiling as their fellow bi-consonantal explorers of space and texture, The xx, only set in flower-studded cornfields rather than dank tower blocks. [Emily Mackay, Reviews Editor]