Singles column 18 Feb 2013 - Alicia Keys, Kate Nash, The xx, Low Sea, Jamie Cullum & 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...
Barak Obama's go to gal for celebrity advocacy and new face of BlackBerry, Alicia Keys is finally back doing what she does best with Brand New Me: offering a classy, condensed motivational self-help kick backed by rich, smouldering vocals and classically trained melodic nous.
On 3AM, Kate Nash continues to shake off her Lily Allen-a-like, mockney nursery rhyme tendencies in search of for a more "edgy", indie-circle approving direction.
A fusion of The Foals' sharp danceability and Keane's polite melodic sensibility, Two Door Cinema Club's Next Year, their third single to be taken from Beacon, is propelled by punchy, funky bass lines and maths-lite guitar needling.
Despite recent brushes with the law giving Bruno Mars a more bad-ass credibility, When I Was Your Man remains rooted firmly in retro-soul croon-a-long category
which your mum could definitely vibe with.
Melbourne, Australia's ME attempt to outmanoeuvre Muse's thundering, operatic bombast on Vampire! Vampire!, and, fair play to them, they are a whisker away from beating the Teignmouth trio at their own game ie. blasting your face off with schlocky theatrics and glittery, classic-rock pomp.
Ireland's Low Sea are an electro duo with a taste for New Order's bittersweet euphoria. Their kaleidoscopic video for Remote Viewing - the first song to be taken from their forthcoming debut of the same name - is out now and has already caught the eye of Pet Shop Boys and Public Image Ltd producer Stephen Hague.
The xx have covered Beyonce's I Miss You with typically heartbreaking sparseness.
Sniffed at by the jazz police, Jamie Cullum is now trying to get on side with hip hop heads with Love For Sale, sampling Roots Manuva's bass-whomp classic Witness (1 Hope).
10:49 AM | 18/02/2013
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