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...
Wales and heavy metal seem to go together like Jack Daniels and Coke. And with Riot Bridgend quartet Bullet For My Valentine continue to consolidate that strong bond between their homeland and riffery thanks to ripped, metallic hooks and juvenile, chest-beating chants about running "from the sirens" and "the law". All punctuated by a typically rapid fire shred-fest of a solo.
Cockatoo coiffeured Emeli Sande releases Clown this week, yet more weepy, histrionic balladry...again, as per the Olympics, it's the perfect accompaniment for slow-motion footage of tear-stricken athletes. Someone should organise an event just for her to soundtrack this year...
Mikky Ekko, born John Stephen Sudduth in Louisianna, brings, like The Weeknd and Frank Ocean, sensitive lust to the R and B table. Fabricated by Casino Clam's typically woozy, woolly production values, Pull Me Down also features Ekko's tender, satin-soft vocals, which seem fit to feature on the next Coldplay record.
With Depeche Mode set to return with forthcoming album Delta Machine, their first taster from the record comes in the form of the electronic gospel of Heaven. Ramping up the religious imagery - and the sci-fi - the tracks recently released video sees the band performing in a church while wormholes open up around them.
M83 collaborator Nicolas Fromageau heads Team Ghost, a French five piece who bleed Sonic Youth-like fuzz into Joy Division-esque, unsettling gloom. And no we're not just making lazy comparisons for new track Curtains, that's Fromageau blueprint: "I wanted it to sound like Thurston jamming with Peter Hook." And voila. C'est super.
Swedish brother-sister duo The Knife have yet again cut down all expectations of where they're heading sonically with the release of the snarling nine-minute techno/post-punk monster Full Of Fire. It couldn't be any further from the cool, dirty groove of Heartbeats if it tried. Watch the "short film" made to accompany the song here.
Iron And Wine will release their new album Ghost On Ghost on 15 April, and first track taken from it, Lovers Revolution, is a swinging amalgamation of Van Morrison's jazz sparkle and Tom Wait's early freewheeling balladry.
10:49 AM | 04/02/2013
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