Another week, another fine selection of new releases on vinyl, circles of silver and digitably downloadable-ness...
Single Of The Week!
Dananananaykroyd – ‘Black Wax’ (Best Before)
Apparently the Dananananaykroyd are not singing “rub her in prostate” but “rubber and plastic”, which takes the shine off somewhat. But regardless, this is monster stuff, particularly since they’ve rejected the small-big-small-big song structure and gone for small-small-massive-moremassive-tiny one instead. This probably has a technical name. I am not sure what it is. Album please.
Black Wax from Best Before Records on Vimeo.
Chew Lips – ‘Solo’ (Kitsune)
Every mention of Chew Lips has to mention Steve Lamacq saying he liked them once. That must be annoying for him if, like me, he has fickle tastes. “Oh yeah, Chew Lips - brilliant. Still brilliant. Love. Them. Can we talk about Dananananackroyd now?” Which is not to say that I’ve gone off Chew Lips. This has been knocking around in demo form for a while now, and the finished version, for Kitsune, has given them a pep in their step. Though do not be fooled by their minor chords into thinking it’s a sad song. It’s not.
XRabit + DMG$ - ‘Damaged Goodz’ (Big Dada)
The result of a bizarre cross-ocean collaboration between Dalston producer XRabit and Texan cool kids DMG$ (Damaged Goods, get it?), this is laid-back, rave-kissed old-school that’s as funny as it is big. See killer line: “I’m so dope call me Amy Winehouse piss test”. The original’s good but the Xrabit mix is even better.
Animal Collective – ‘My Girls’ (Domino)
For about the first seven seconds of this I think it will be The Source and Candi Staton, ‘You’ve Got The Love’. Alas it is Animal Collective. Yes I know, saviours of music, best thing ever etc. Yawn.
Animal Collective "My Girls" from Chad von Nau on Vimeo.
Metro Station – ‘Shake It’ (Columbia)
I watched She’s The Man on Channel 4 the other week by accident. This sounds exactly like the song that would soundtrack a funky montage when the characters do something goofy, which in this instance was dressing up as the world’s least convincing drag king to play “soccer”. It’s just a mess of cheesy pop destined for hideous split-screen antics. Our Lord Drums Of Death was so appalled by Metro Station, in fact, that he Tweeted their awfulness last weekend: “I thought we had all those types killed when the revolution came, no?” What’s that? Writing about Twitter is lazy? What? Pretending to ask yourself questions is worse? Oh. Sorry everyone.
The Kills – ‘Black Balloon EP’ (Domino)
Now that Alison’s off doing her thing with Jack White, let’s hope that this will be an end to the Midnight Boom pillaging. Thirty-seven singles is enough for one album, The Kills. 'Black Balloon' highlights the fact that there are three good songs on the whole album, and the rest is filler so uninspired that it sounds like it’s bored with itself.
Fol Chen – ‘Cable TV’ (Asthmatic Kitty)
Even though this was clearly created with the most modern technological keyboard-ish equipment, there’s something curiously old-fashioned about it. And although it is a tale of cheap and smutty motel lovin’, it sounds wonderfully romantic. Tricksy, mysterious Fol Chen. Lovely.
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