Animal Collective, Will.I.Am, Drop The Lime
[i]NME’s Sian Rowe reviews all the latest single releases…[/i]
Elton vs PNAU – ‘Good Morning To The Night’
If I ever steal a man’s sperm, squeeze a baby from my terrified vagina and take charge of its care, I’ll probably make sacrifices to ensure its survival. Elton John clearly feels the same, so is more than happy to lease his vocals out to anyone with 10p and the will to make a summer dance track. That said, the very Balearic ‘Good Morning To The Night’, made with PNAU (two dudes who just so happen to also be Empire Of The Sun), is wayyyy better than, say, Chipmunk’s ‘Tiny Dancer’. Rave on, little Elton.
Drop The Lime – ‘Bandit Blues’
Trouble & Bass label-head Drop The Lime is known for songs with multiple breaks, many drops and something he’s named ‘sex sax’. At least he did, until he decided to fuse his love of rockabilly with all that bass, resulting in ‘Bandit Blues’ sounding like Paloma Faith if she took up bare-knuckle boxing and shouted “wuuuuub” a lot.
Will.I.Am feat Eva Simons – ‘This Is Love’
Olympic torchbearer will.i.am is now as English as a full breakfast. As Roses. As having a wee in one of those street urinals while wearing a plastic Union Flag hat and camera-phoning your mate who’s passed out and covered in chips. He’s slipped up on this new shouty pop single though, whooping: “if you feel it, say, ‘Hell yeahhhh’”. Mate, over here we say “yes”, not “yeah”.
Dry The River – ‘No Rest’
Folk hunks Dry The River aren’t satisfied with showing they love you in the normal way (farting in the bed, 50p Tesco flowers, remembering to get the mince out of the freezer) and want to love you “in the best way possib-le-le-le”. The dramatic harmonies and brooding drums are stirring, but IRL you’d tell them to stop whining and get to removing all that hair out the plughole.
Taio Cruz feat Pitbull – ‘There She Goes’
I’m no biologist, but I’m sure that a “body shaped like a rock guitar” just doesn’t work, let alone look sexy. Taio and Pitbull seem pretty convinced, though, celebrating their long-necked lady with a
lot of woo woo woos and zipline synths. Again.
Animal Collective – ‘Honeycomb’
Here are four things I think about the new Animal Collective single : 1) They have a lot of songs about edible sweet things; 2) This is quite ‘jazz hands’, isn’t it?; 3) Oh look, a Latin breakdown Ricky Martin would be proud of; 4) I’m confused, but I think I like it. And all it really does is go BOBBLE! CLANK! POP!
This article originally appeared in the June 23rd issue of NME