Singles column 22 October 2012 - Jessie Ware, Madness, You Me At Six, Kanye West & 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, 22 October 2012
In 2010, emerging from the shadows of south London's dubstep scene as guest vocalist on, among others, electronica maverick SBTRKT's cut Nervous, Jessie Ware, has never been one to hog the limelight. And that unassuming attitude is precisely why she's become so revered. Night Light, taken from her critically acclaimed debut, Devotion, is shadowy and soft-pedaled, a quietly emotive torch song furnished with Ware's cool, silken tones and swirling electric guitar.
My Girl 2 is the second single to be taken from Madness' forthcoming album, Oui Oui Si Si Ja Ja Da Da, and sounds uncannily like Soft Cell's version of Tainted Love - minus the well-timed hand claps and 80s blooping synths - though injected with plenty of party-pop pep and Motown soul.
More Americanised, adolescent bubblegum rock from Surrey's You Me At Six with Reckless - which echoes, albeit with more muscle, The Killers' When We Were Young - taken from their latest long-player Sinners Never Sleep.
You can now download Leeds post-rockers Vessels' tribute to Nathan Fake's 2004 electronica banger, The Sky Was Pink, which, in the remixing hands of James Holden, was one of that year's biggest floor fillers. This re-cast version, which neatly fuses the driving insistence of rock and deep grooves of minimal house, is a diversion from the band's usual post rock territory... and it's ace.
Prolific sonic experimenter Sufjan Stevens, best known for his artsy acoustica style which defined 2005's Illinois, has recorded a follow up - Silver and Gold - to his selection of Christmas songs released in 2006, and, astonishingly, Ding-A-Ling-A-Ring-A-Ling re-introduces Stevens as a purveyor of goofy, bouncing electro
Kayne West recently leaked his soundtrack contribution to Wu-Tang Clan mastermind RZA's cinematic debut, The Man With The Iron Fists - which also features on its soundtrack The Black Keys and other Wu Tang members. West's White Dress is seductive and crisply produced, blending woozy vocoder, loose, tumbling beats and icy piano loops.
Frankie & The Heartstrings have unleashed a taster from their forthcoming album due out next year in the shape of the Bernard Butler-produced I Still Follow You. It's a fizzing, choppy, melodic slice of heart-on-sleeve indie.
10:08 AM | 22/10/2012
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