What's that? You like DiScovering new music but don't really have the time to trawl thousands of Myspace pages? In that case, let our contributors be your guide. In that case, let our contributors be your guide with part two of our New Music Week mixtape.We asked them what's been rocking their musical worlds of late and here's the tracks they hit us back with.
Catherine A.D. 'The Book Of Love' - Listen
Taking on one of the Magnetic Fields' 69 Lovesongs, this cover, taken from the limited edition Carry Your Heart EP, replaces Merritt's bufonian baritone with a one-man-band reimagining that teeters somewhere between nostalgia and optimism. Alex Tudor
Fever Ray 'If I Had A Heart' - Listen
With equal measures of hubris and psychosis, Karin from The Knife ventures a debut single that sounds almost identical to (classic Sisters Of Mercy B-side) 'Afterhours'. Instead of amphetamine overdose, Karin's own evil drone plus distorted groan combination depicts a terrible yearning for human emotion (a human voice is only recovered in the final bars), as the glistening, fist-shaped organ is replaced in her metal chest. Alex Tudor
Frankmusik 'Three Little Words'
As an antidote to Neanderthemic lad-rock and tuneless global-hyper-coloured rave, the heavily Liars-influenced nu-goth revival is a little weak. Meanwhile, the dizzier minds of our generation have decided to fight the dire with an even brighter neon fire by pillaging the vaults of euro-pop and lo-fi blogtronica. Whilst Frankmusik may fall between the stools of this year's Uffie and authentic-boy-band-fluff, his camp-pop is unafraid of being laughed at and is undeniably infectious. Sean Adams
Kill It Kid 'Burst Its Banks' - Listen
Bath's Kill It Kid hold many aces up their sleeve: immediately striking perhaps, there's frontman Chris Turpin's achingly sad roar of a singing voice, which is offset admirably by keyboardist Stephanie Ward's dulcet tones. A propensity towards delta-blues influenced, rootsy songcraft is also evident, and steered far from waters contrived through its unbridled quality. James Skinner
Lanterns Of The Lake 'In Starlight' - Listen
Taking cues from the decidedly prettier side of the post-rock playing field, this Newcastle sextet evoke the unabashed beauty of Mazzy Star or Azure Ray, set to a shimmering, celestial canvas. Here, Hazel Wilde's gossamer vocal leads the listener softly through a wilderness thoroughly enchanting. James Skinner
Little Comets 'One Night In October' - Listen
If the cold weather and the even colder economic state in Britain is starting to get you down, then maybe Little Comets are the answer. Tapping into the part of the brain that deals with euphoria and drunken dancing, they mine this seam for all it's worth and emerge the other side with fantastic indie-pop tunes that could lay waste to beer sodden dancefloors the country over. David Renshaw
Passion Pit 'Sleepyhead'
Envelopes are unnecessary when sending a musical message, and it's hard to see how Passion Pit could push theirs anymore. Sure, it's a positive, heart-warming, commercial song, but its relentless vocal looping, handclaps, warped synth work and glittery bookends are glorious and arranged with caution thrown to the wind. Like a happy accident, the outcome benefits us all with its raw musical honesty. Brad Barrett
Salem 'Asia' - Listen
While style over substance dominates darker music and dubstep starts disintegrating, Salem emerge from the toxic fallout. Seething with the need to gorge itself on the blackest souls, 'Asia' is a grimy, threatening, discomforting track. The sense that you are being swallowed, slowly, by a maw of mutating bass and searing, decadent noise is both thrilling and terrifying. Music bound to thrive on extreme reactions. Brad Barrett
The Pan I Am 'Young God / Bad Thing' - Listen
Gang Gang Goth? The Knife channelling Nine Inch Nails? We can't quite put our finger on exactly what this is an amalgamation and re-imagining of. Perhaps it's a potent concoction of sprawling punk-poetry, quirky Kate Bush-isms, the theatrics of Ziggy Stardust and the lo-fi suss of Patrick Wolf's Lycanthropy or whatever! I like this, a lot. Sean Adams
Titus Andronicus 'Titus Andronicus'
Shambolic indie-rock conceived and honed in a garage isn't exactly new, granted, but when singer Patrick Stickles howls "Your life is over!" two thirds into the song and repeats the line ad infinitum like some deranged amalgam of Beat Happening and The Blood Brothers you'd be inclined to agree, particularly if you were in some safe middle-of-the-road lad-rock ensemble peddling out the same old tired riffs for a living. Dom Gourlay
- Who'd be on _your New Music mixtape? Leave your suggestions below and we'll compile the best into a Readers' 'tape at a later date._
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