Singles column 17 Dec 2012 - Frank Ocean, Killers, Ellie Goulding, Toy, The National & 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...
Number 1 in HMV's Poll Of Polls - and aggregation of all this year's albums of the year list - with Channel Orange, Frank Ocean celebrates with the release of blissed out single Lost, which sounds like Prince going all the way with a cooing, vintage synthesiser.
On Animal, sweet-cheeked Brighton native Conor Maynard gives Justin Beiber a run for his money with dizzying, tick-tock beats and a cute-but-confident blast of urban pop.
This time two years ago, singer by royal appointment Ellie Goulding's dewy-eyed cover of Elton John's Your Song was the soundtrack to John Lewis's Christmas advert. However with the release of this year's album Halcyon, she's re-branded herself as the Enya for a post-dubstep epoch. Figure 8 is replete with icy synths, pounding beats and Goulding's trademark breathy, lip-wobbling vocals, making it ideal for the club rather than flogging soft furnishing.
Paloma Faith tones down her kooky theatricality on Just Be in favour of forlorn balladry about a trying relationship. It sounds like the London singer - lauded for her retrograde sass and wink-wink-nudge-nudge wisecracks - has gone all serious on us, and unfortunately it doesn't cut the mustard.
Blue-collared Americana rock, lit up by starry synths and flash-lightning guitars? That will be The Killers with Here With Me.
More Neu-inspired psychadelic lushness from The Horrors' pals, Toy, who have released a video to Make It Mine, which bubbles like a lava lamp and seems to have taken its spooky inspiration from the cemetery acid-trip scene in Easy Rider.
You can watch the big-hearted, bruised soul of The National's new song Lola, performed recently at ATP. It's The National in familiar, heart-break, slow-burn territory...but, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
11:06 AM | 17/12/2012
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