Singles column 21 Jan 2013 - Jessie Ware, Atoms For Peace, Laura Mvula, Thought Forms & 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...
South Londoner Jessie Ware has been credited as being one of the British breakthrough stars of 2012, but her rise has not been over night. Indeed, from her unobtrusive guest appearances with UK electronica acts SBTRKT and Joker in 2010 to the slow, nervous steps towards becoming a solo singer until finally releasing her quietly confident and well-received debut Devotion, Ware's ascent has steady and charmingly reserved. Svelte, bouncy and velvet-padded, Sweet Talk is laced with fond recollections of Whitney Houston, while smouldering with Dave Okumu of The Invisble's intimately finished production values.
For all intents and purposes, class of 2011 X-Factor graduate Amelia Lily is the sum of a simple musical equation: raw sex of Christina Aguilera plus candy pop of Miley Cyrus. Shut Up (And Give Me What Ever You Got) is jacked up on head-rush synths and woozy beats and won't be remembered in a hurry.
Seatbelt is the first single from London-based brawlers The Smoking Hearts and is the aural equivalent of Bad Religion going ten rounds with Gallows in a cage fight. Likely to give you a black eye just listening to it.
The Trap's latest single, the ebullient and bittersweet Calypso, is influenced by the character of the same name from Homer's Odyssey who captures the protagonist by leading his ship ashore. It's not, however, the epic you might imagine; rather it's a sharper, more sophisticated take on Mystery Jets.
The self-titled "geeky kid of R&B" Laura Mvula, one of Q's tips for 2013, has released a video for her new single (out 24 February) Green Garden online. A well-studied, delicately chiming mix of Amy Winehouse and the Beach Boys. Her smooth, cleverly morphing arrangements will certainly have heads turning this year.
In advance of the release of their debut album, Amok (out 26 February), Atoms For Peace - Thom Yorke's current side-project which features long-term Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich and Red Hot Chilli Peppers bassist Flea - are releasing a single in Jude, Jury And Executioner. It's got flavours of both Yorke's day job and debut solo outing, The Eraser... and thankfully none of Flea's cartoonish slap-bass muscle.
The Sonic Youth-adoring trio Thought Forms, signed to Geoff Barrow's Invada label, are currently enjoying in a wave of popularity on BBC's 6Music thanks to DJ Tom Ravenscroft, who played the band without knowing who they were. Right away, Geoff Barrow, ever the avid Twitterer, got in touch and put the DJ straight. Now the band are in
the running for Steve Lamacq's Rebel Playlist. And if the serrated grunge-drone of Only Hollow is anything to go by, the band seem set to lead a 'slacker' renaissance, just as Toy recently embodied a rebirth of Krautrock in 2012.
You can now watch the video to grunge granddaddies Dinosaur Jnr's latest release Pierce The Rain, which features a comic snapshot of an unassuming suburban dad's obsession with hip-hop's community of sub-woofer worshippers. Lovely.
11:08 AM | 21/01/2013
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