10 Tracks You Have To Hear This Week (8/05/10)

10 Tracks You Have To Hear This Week (8/05/10)

Interpol, Kele, Yuck, The Gaslight Anthem

1. Interpol – ‘Lights’

Having supplied many a nighthawk soundtrack in their time, it seems appropriate that the message heralding Interpol’s return should drop into our inbox at 1am last Thursday. With the news of the New Yorkers’ return accompanied by new free track ‘Lights’, being awake in the wee small hours suddenly seems a really good idea.

Sessions for the follow-up to 2007’s ‘Our Love To Admire’ have seen them attempt to recall the dark atmospherics of their debut ‘Turn On The Bright Lights’ while melding it with a more orchestral approach inspired by bassist Carlos D’s forays into the world of soundtracks and iPhone ads.

‘Lights’ certainly plugs into the starkness of its namesake, with Daniel Kessler’s stark guitar rattling back and forth before his bandmates join in. However, just as ‘Lights’ is about to climax, it slips away with a dark intensity. And with more tracks promised soon, we’ll be keeping a red eye on our inboxes all night long. [Paul Stokes, Associate Editor]



2. Kele – ‘Tenderoni’

Are you buying his dance makeover? No matter: feeble protestations of inauthenticity are a flimsy shield against this sort of space-warpingly massive big beat pulsar. Deeply NSFW, as the most cursory of listens is liable to make you strip to the waist, sweat profusely and start big-fish-small-fishing. [Emily Mackay, Reviews Editor]


3. Yuck – ‘Suicide Policeman’

This record confirms the suspicion that Yuck are the most exciting bunch of Evan Dando devotees to pick up fuzz pedals since the glory days of grunge. It’s romantic, it’s yearning, it sounds a bit like there was a bong in the room when they recorded it – it’s a musical love letter to the invention of indie rock. [James McMahon, Features Editor]


4. The Gaslight Anthem – ‘American Slang’

It’s karaoke Boss time – these New Jerseyites could be no more slavishly indebted to early-’80s Springsteen were they to wear headbands and employ a sax player called Clarence. Thankfully, the title track of their third album retains enough righteous punk-rock passion to offset the try-hard bluster. [Luke Lewis, Deputy Editor, NME.com]


5. Shuttleworth – ‘England’s Heartbeat’

When Mark E Smith tackles football, the result is a caustic diatribe – see The Fall’s ‘Kicker Conspiracy’ and ‘Theme From Sparta FC’. Thus his unofficial World Cup song is a bit of a shock. Recorded with ex-Fall members Ed Blaney and Jenny Shuttleworth (aka Girl Peculiar), it’s a jaunty acoustic affair in which Smith swaps his cantankerous snarl for melodic singing. His lyrics are wry and peculiar, but one lesson’s learned: Smith is as full of hope as he is venom. [Ash Dosanjh, Assistant Reviews Editor]

6. Young Knives – ‘I Love My Name’

Britain’s indie scene would be a much duller place without Young Knives’ dry wit and crunchily bent riffs, so it’s good to hear on this third album demo that their knack for a tune didn’t go down the plughole when sales of their last album did. Expect their next effort (destined for platinum status, surely) later this year. [Jamie Fullerton, News Editor]

7. The Hundred in the Hands – ‘Sleepwalking’>

As slithers of Metric’s sublime Andromedan disco shoot through this Brooklyn-based duo’s celestial, soul-flipping sonics, it’s hard not to go a wee bit wibbly. Warped – in more ways than one, thanks to their label, um, Warp – ‘Sleepwalking’ manages to exude glacial cool and cuddle-worthy warmth at the same time. [Leonie Cooper, Writer]

The Hundred in the Hands[Download]

8. Gatekeeper – ‘Mirrors’

For anyone who got ‘stuck’ on the generic dungeon level of an 8-bit fantasy quest game. For anyone who took ‘a bit of a shine’ to Sigourney Weaver after she got possessed in Ghostbusters. Behold! A stalking slab of 2-D ‘slasher disco’ from the Chicago pioneers that could’ve been crafted by the great Zuul himself. [Jaimie Hodgson, New Music Editor]


9. Midnight Juggernauts – ‘Vital Signs’

MJ make their return in a flurry of celestial organs, spaceship beeping, alien communiques and other otherworldly type descriptions. Aghast at the idea of radio-editing their intergalatic masterpiece, they sent us the un-edited version and a B-side that should have been an A-side. [Tim Chester, Assistant Editor, NME.com]

Midnight Juggernauts[Download]

Vital Signs – Midnight Juggernauts from midnight juggernauts on Vimeo.

10. Dizzee Rascal – ‘Dirtee Disco’

In which Dizzee brushes Calvin-assisted pop aside for ‘Disco! Disco! Disco!’ (ad infinitum). “If he continues down this road, he’ll be the Vengaboys soon” was one staffer’s response. But until that road stops being cobbled with funky four-step and a wailing X Factor reject, we’ll keep on enjoying the journey, ta. [Krissi Murison, Editor]