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, 10 September 2012
Fleet-fingered Newton Faulkner's middle name so happens to be Battenberg, and, aptly, Brick By Brick - the third single to be released from his Number 1 album, Write It On Your Skin - is as light and sugary as his cakey namesake. Putting a lid on his rhythmic dexterity, Faulkner sounds though he's been shooting the breeze over a
pina colada with soft-rocker Jack Johnson.
Taken from east-end bard Ben Drew's - aka Plan B - third album, Ill Manors, the ostensible soundtrack to his directorial debut of the same name, Deepest Shame mines the murky seams of crack addiction and prostitution, set to a backdrop of sad-soul guitar arpeggios. Be warned: feel-good, post-Winehouse R'n'B this certainly isn't.
On Professional Greifers, electro stagecraft specialist Deadmau5
buddies up with My Chemical Romance frontman, Gerard Way, and thereby
colours his screechy, schizoid techno with daft emo overtones... and that's about it.
LA funk rockers Red Hot Chilli Peppers persist in firing out tunes - Magpie On Fire is just one of nine singles to be released in a matter of months - as if the Mayan Armageddon forecast for 2012 were true. If this song is anything to go by, they couldn't sound any more relaxed about it.
Plan B named him the "Heston Blumenthal of pop" but on Treatment Labrinth - producer of Tinie Tempah's chart smash Pass Out - sounds like he's ladled his stadium-sized soul-rock straight out the packet.
Radiohead main man Thom Yorke, joined by producer Nigel Godrich and Red Hot Chilli Peppers bassist Flea, has been beavering away with his side project Atoms For Peace, "transforming the music from electronic to live" as Yorke recently announced. First single Default sounds as introverted, as restless and as brooding as material from Yorke's solo debut The Eraser, with its fidgety rhythms, downcast vocals and woozy bass swells.
Muse have released a video to Madness, taken from their forthcoming album The 2nd Law, which foresees an unlikely romance amidst a not-too-distant-future urban nightmare. The track, finding Matt Bellamy vocally at his most restrained, sees the Teignmouth trio experiment further with electronics, while continuing to reference the guitar glamour of classic rockers like Queen.
Ellie Goulding washes up on a beach and find herself stranded amidst floating silver orbs and mist in the new video to her upcoming single Anything Could Happen, taken from her long-awaited album Halcyon (out 30 September).
Sunderland four piece The Futureheads took a musical diversion earlier this year with the release of Rant, an a cappela album which recast a very disparate collection of songs including The Black Eyed Peas' Meet Me Half Way, The No. 1 Song In Heaven by Sparks and 13th century traditional folk round Sumer Is Icumen In. Now they've tinkered with their track The Beginning Of The Twist, stripping it back to an acoustic set up and re-igniting it with gypsy punk energy.
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10:31 AM | 10/09/2012
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