Singles column 20 Aug 2012 - Devlin, Green Day, New Order, Flying Lotus, Sea & Cake & more
Jamie Skey @jamie_skey rounds-up all this week's most significant singles, plus the new songs that have surfaced online in the last seven days that you shouldn't miss...
Singles out today, 20 August 2012
Heavily indebted to the US fraternity of post rockers that includes Pele and From Monument To Masses, Seattle pop proggers Minus The Bear have returned to stake their claim as leading lights of mainstream-but-masterful hard rock with Steel And Blood, the synthy, sexy, hook embedded opener to their forthcoming fifth LP Infinity Overheard (out 28 August).
Ruck-y girl/boy duo Blood Red Shoes were always a little too well-mannered to make a breakthrough into the chicly gritty circles of rock. In Time To Voices, from the album with the same name, aims to marry Dry-era PJ Harvey with Nirvana at their cleanest, but disappointingly falls short of that mark.
Once a brutal kitchen-sink grime MC, Devlin has now seemingly cleaned up his act up further with a rap-rawk, cover-of-a-cover rendition of All Along The Watchtower, featuring twinkly eyed boy-next-door Ed Sheerhan. It seems a shame that in search of success, Dev has lost his once fierce and fiery imagination.
Punk old timers Green Day are thinking with their crotches on the sleazy video to their latest single, Oh Love, the second release from their upcoming trilogy of albums, Uno! Dos! Tres! in as many weeks.
Justin Bieber, Usher's obsequious intern, is now trying his hand at ethereal, after-hours chill-step smothered in sub bass and bruised emotion. Unfortunately As Long As You Love Me is simply more conveyor-belt uniformity from the school of unit-shifting banality.
In the wake of New Order's Peter Hook-less comeback, and commissioned by Festival Number 6, Brythoniad Welsh male choir have stirringly recast Sumner and co's brooding electro classic Blue Monday, a prelude to the band's appearance alongside Primal Scream and Spiritualized at the Welsh village and location of The Prisoner 60s TV series.
A taster of what's to come from Flying Lotus' new album Until The Quiet Comes (released 1 October), See Thru To U, which features the flutteringly silky cries of Erykah Badu, is a dizzyingly jazzy percussion sweat-out that suggests Flylo's been drinking deeply from Miles Davies' Bitches Brew chalice.
Rambunctious avant-pop, fuzz rockers The Sea And Cake have released another taster from their upcoming album Runner (out 18 September). It's more straight-ahead than their previously jazzy excursions, smacking like Dinosaur Jnr getting toasted with Steely Dan.
10:22 AM | 20/08/2012
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