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Singles column 17 Sept 2012 - Michael Kiwanuka, Lianne La Havas, Ladyhawke, Jacko & 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, 17 September 2012
Uganda-born soul man Michael Kiwanuka is blessed with the seamless ability to casually alternate between lush jazzy numbers akin to Van Morrison and bare-boned folk echoing both John Martyn and Terry Callier. On Bones, the Mercury Prize-nominee effortlessly melds both styles to gorgeous effect, his cool, pining voice sailing across a gentle wave of laid-back jazz figures and barroom piano.
Pip Brown, aka Ladyhawke, who trades in glossy, retrograde pop with a shine for Fleetwood Mac, was largely overlooked during the swell in popularity for electropop back in 2008. Blue Eyes finds the New Zealander embracing glam rock and big hooks in a seeming attempt to distance herself from the likes of La Roux and Bat For Lashes...and it pays off.
Nervy tension and coarse guitar riffs fire up another of this year's Mercury noms, Lianne La Havas, as she pours husky-voiced scorn all over an ex-boyfriend on Forget
Twenty-five years after its release, the Michael Jackson's Bad is being commemorated - or should that be desecrated? - by entertainment rapper Pitbull who essentially adds nothing to the remix but a few lazily rapped platitudes.
Example has reinvented himself as a super-smooth, soft-rocking crooner on Say Nothing - sadly has club-land landfill written all over it.
Backed up by cartoonish but combating rapper Eminem, pop provocateur Pink once again professes her penchant for getting rowdy and wisecracking on Here Comes The Weekend, as she busts out her "high heels and cherry wine" to a typically catchy, blade-sharp guitar riff.
Radiohead sound master Johnny Greenwood has soundtrack high-grossing arthouse film The Master, partly inspired by the life story of Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard. Alethia, taken from the recently leaked album, is a shivering soundscape of plaintive harps and spiralling strings.
Scottish post rockers The Twilight Sad's Nil has been given a glowering, hypnotic make over by Liars... and it's frighteningly infectious.
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11:02 AM | 17/09/2012
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