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, 1 September 2012
Even the Belgium-born Wouter de Backer - aka Gotye - has put up his hand and admitted his super catchy break-up missive Somebody That I Used to Know has become tiresomely overplayed. Brightening the mood on the sunshine-pop of I Feel Better - here referencing Motown through the lenses of Jamie Lidell - De Backer verifies that he is a versatile, multi-genre embracing musician and producer who is a lot more than just an understated one-hit-wonder.
Welsh alt-rock sextet Lostprophets - once revered for their skater-friendly, nu-metal - have moved further away from their screamo sound on Jesus Walks, and thus continue their line in light, anthemic radio rock tooled-up with towering synths and gang-vocal harmonies.
Almost like a trailer rather than a single, The Vaccines release Teenage Icon as a single today. Might not be the lads priority though, as their second album, The Vaccines Come Of Age is also out today.
Never one for subtlety - we once witnessed the singer begin a gig by being shot out of a circus cannon - Pink returns with the cheekily titled Blow Me (One Last Kiss), a post-post break-up song, a sort of "We've broken-up but not quite" song.
Veteran British vocalist Terry Reid, who was once pencilled in to sing for The Yardbirds and Deep Purple, adds some gravel to DJ Shadow's Listen, which strangely sounds like a Portishead 45 played at double speed.
Bob Dylan has unveiled the video to the surfy, on-the-porch breeze of Duquense Whistle taken from his 35th studio album Tempest (out 10 September). The comically slapstick promo features a romantic stalker getting into hot water for his cocksure whims.
Thanks to inventive practitioners like Wild Beasts, Alt-J and Animal Collective, certain departments at the indie school of thought have dared to stray into more subversive, headier territories. Distinguished affiliates of this quirky set, Manchester-based
Everything Everything, continue to make the grade on Cough Cough, which blends head-spinning drum patterns, complex melodies and well-tooled R 'n' B production.
Electro-pop originals Pet Shop Boys have posted a new track from their 11th studio album Elysium (out 15 October) online. Leaving finds the duo get back into party mode after the wishy-washy balladeering of their Olympic release Winner.
Gwen Stefani-fronted ska-rockers No Doubt sound somewhat unrecognisable these days. Once characterised by their love of skanking, mohawks and cartoonish punk-rock, the Californian four-piece seem content following in Stefani's solo-project footsteps relying on synth-heavy R'n'B for the title track of forthcoming album Push And Shove.
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10:12 AM | 03/09/2012
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