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...
Not so long ago, Elliott Gleave - aka Example - was peddling swaggering, boisterous rap that dance devotees could mosh to. He's now pushing a smoother, crooning, dubstep-lite electronica, as per Close Enemies, which finds him further cementing his association in the world of Chase & Status or Calvin Harris.
Justin Beiber is becoming more like his guru, Usher, with every release. Beauty And The Beat, which features the sexy tongue acrobatics of Nicki Minaj, is yet more lustful dance floor fodder made bearable - just - thanks to some grinding but polished dubstep production.
The Killers - this month's Q cover stars - hark back to a different era with their latest single, not only with Miss Atomic Bomb's cold war references, but boasts a sheened, synth-powered tune that recalls 80s arena rock, when Bruce Springsteen was at the height of his powers with Born In The USA.
After her leaked reimaging of Nirvana's Heart Shaped Box, Lana Del Rey has resurfaced with Ride, which sees her return to her more cinematic style, which awash with swelling strings, recasts her as a silver screen siren rather than a would-be grunger.
Andrew Hung, one half of towering noise duo, Fuck Buttons, has gone
solo, as Dawn Hunger, with the release of the double A-side of Billowed Wind/ Stumbling Room, the latter being an itchy, droning piece of spooky electro.
Oxford brainiacs Foals' have supplied a taster from forthcoming album, Holy Fire, in the form of Inhaler. Seemingly haven taken notes on Bloc Party's recent block-rocking re-emergence, the track is a brilliant blast intricately picked refrains and fuzzed, adrenaline pumping riffs.
Peppy Geordie crew Shields' have released a video to accompany their cover of SBTRKT's Pharoahs, bonus track from their Kaleidoscope EP... which is infectiously rocking, with an excess of energy to burn.
10:43 AM | 12/11/2012
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