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...
On her latest album The Haunted Man Natasha Khan - aka Bat For Lashes - keeps her hippie-dippie kookiness under wraps, favouring instead stylistic simplicity and a brooding mind state. It has finally set her apart from her more fluffy contemporaries and
the shivery, monochrome pound of A Wall will no doubt widen that gap even further.
On Stay, Rihanna takes a leaf out of Lana Del Rey's smokey, soft-pedalled book, pouring her heart out and licking her wounds over an understated piano vamp.
Producer Hit Boy's clanging, dragging, droning beat makes Kendrick
Lamar's uncharacteristic, wannabee gangsta narrative on Backseat Freestyle ("All my life I want money and power/ Respect my mind or die from lead shower") a suspension-bouncing thrill.
When disorientating electro trio Factory Floor jam and record together, they, according to drummer Gabe Gurnsey, "lose all sense of reality." Fall Back, their first release since the detonation of 2011 single Two Different Ways, is yet more protracted, drum kit-and-synth assaulting delirium which is guaranteed to keep the neighbours up all night.
The stark monochrome artwork of extreme-sports dubstepper Skrillex's latest Leaving EP is surely a visual indicator of his new direction: the grainy, desolate tunnel with its blur of street lamps suggests the barren cityscapes of mysterious British producer Burial...and, funnily enough, the crackly, echoing (it doesn't even have a drop?!) soul-dub confirms those suspicions.
11:17 AM | 07/01/2013
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