It's time for another edition of the content-mangled-into-the-form-of-a-playlist that we amusingly dubbed 'Spotifriday'. We hope you enjoy it. It features the BEST sounds from this week's Singles, News, Reviews, and even a couple of tracks, as per usual, from the ever brilliant and increasingly popular armchair dancefloor column.
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1. Owen Pallett - 'Lewis Takes Off His Shirt'
Of course, Final Fantasy was always known as Owen Pallett to closest friends, but now that name has been confirmed as his stage name and he's released the first album under that moniker. Not a bad start to a new chapter in his life. This particular cut is the first single taken from Heartland, and encapsulates all that is good in Planet Pallett. Watch the video for it here.
2. New Young Pony Club - 'Chaos'
New Young Pony Club release their new record, The Optimist, on Monday. 'Chaos' doesn't live up to its name, nor does it take you anywhere particularly exciting, but I'd imagine it makes a pleasant change from dancing to 'Standing In The Way Of Control' at 2.34AM in an indie disco. Know what I'm saying? Read the review of The Optimist here.
3. The Ruby Suns - 'Cranberry'
So, three tracks in and we have the Single Of The Week already! Wendy 'The Robot' Roby says of it: "So, The Ruby Suns' latest is a bit ‘Beach Boys’ and a bit blippy. And it’s a bit palms-to-the-sky, as if they were singing in tongues at some sort of achingly now evangelical hangout [sadly such places do not exist, otherwise me and Dog might still be on speakers]. And is it ever going to remind you of something. Nothing bad - in fact, something wonderful - but it’s going to remind you like the stickiest, yellowest, massivest Post-It; the kind you might buy on haitch-pee at Staples, using a finance plan with the sort of terrifying APR that would make Vincent Duggleby actually say 'fuck' on live radio [MONEYBOXLIVE REFERENCE FOR YOU THERE]." And she knows what she's on about. So there. We also reviewed Fight Softly here.
4. Pavement - 'Cut Your Hair'
An extremely late addition to the line-up, but a worthy inclusion nonetheless. It's Pavement, ennit?! Their CAREER, CAREER, CAREER, CAREER, CAREER, CAREER retrospective that is Quarantine The Past is released on Monday, and received an unsurprising but merited 9/10 from us.
5. Titus Andronicus - 'Titus Andronicus'
As was mentioned somewhere else this week, the unbelievably high quality of records released in the past month or so (plenty of 9s, some 10s) could be a double-edged sword. Has 2010 blown its load too early? Or does it have the stamina to remain at this pace for the next ten months? Heaven only knows but at least we have a new, 9/10 rated, Titus Andronicus album to listen to, or will do next week.
6. Die! Die! Die! - 'A.T.T.I.T.U.D'
This Kiwi three piece follow on from the abrasive Titus and carry the baton very well indeed. The recorded version of this song doesn't at all do their live performance justice, though, but you get the picture...They unleashed a new video this week and maybe the sales from the single will pay for them to get some extra English tuition.
7. The Dustaphonics - 'Burlesque Queen'
I'll be honest here - the only reason I chose this track is because Wendy Roby talked about a woman killing a man with her bare thighs when she reviewed it for this week's singles. Well, that and that very woman, Tura Satana, was in a Russ Meyer film or two.
8. Ungdomskulen - 'Idunno'
This wasn't meant to be the start of a run of three Scandinavian artists, but that's just how it ended up. Say a hearty 'Hej!' to Norway's Ungdomskulen who "make a brand of prog-ish rock that is quick and almost infuriatingly danceable", even if I did say so myself. Read the review of their show, along with Vuk and The Good The Bad at London's Lexington here.
9. Oh Ono Ono - 'Swim'
Denmark. This lot need significantly more love than is currently pouring their way. Not that it's insubstantial, but perhaps disproportionate. 'Swim' is the sort of song that's fit to soundtrack being abducted by a cult of seventy-five sun-worshipping reprobates after a few too many magic mushrooms in your Friday fry-up. I'm not quite sure how it ends. Scary stuff. Read their by:Larm diary here.
10. The Knife - 'From Off To On'
Sweden. How long does it take for that warped vocal effect to grate? 30 seconds?! Still, I am not going to knock The Knife, partly because KDA scares the living bejesus out of me, should she ever read this, and should I ever meet her and also because they done wrote a play about Darwin, evolution an' that. We picked 'other band member' Olof's brains about their new record, Tomorrow, In A Year.
11. White Hinterland - 'Requiem Pour Un Con'
You can never have enough recipes, which is why we asked White Hinterland to do a series of them for us. We're currently on number two in a possibly infinite series. I hope you're taking note Gregg Wallace.
12. Uffie - 'Pop The Glock' (Mirwais Pop Remix)
If you haven't already entered the Uffie/Ed Banger competition and WANT to, you've got about seventy minutes to do so. The addition of strings to 'Pop The Glock' by Mirwais makes it around 30% more bearable. Second verse of her sounding like posho-rapper Victoria Aitken is always the highlight, in my opinion.
13. Gorillaz - 'November Has Come'
Gorillaz love to get a guest star or two in for their rekkids, with MF 'as he was then known' DOOM being the notable in this case. As you'd expect, their new one Plastic Beach is very, very much the same. Bruce Willis even pops in the video for 'Stylo'. Read our review of that record here.
14. Anthony Shakir - 'Here, There & Nowhere'
Chris Power recommends Anthony Shakir - and specifically this track -for people who are fans of Flying Lotus in his latest armchair dancefloor column, which includes a lovely 10-20 Mix for youse all. If you haven't done so already on the back of Chris's suggestion, you might want to listen to the entire 15-year-Shakir compilation here.
15. Esben And The Witch - 'Skeleton Swoon'
For a while I always read this band's name as 'Ebsen And The Witch'. Now I know it's not. I remember this by thinking 'S-Bend And The Witch', which has worked so far. Anyway, this beloved lot will be supporting the good and the great of the British music scene (of which they will surely become a part) in the next few months. They also released their first ever video this week.
16. Caribou - 'Melody Day'
This one bursts right through doesn't it? I keep building up the new Caribou LP in my head and it worries me. But perhaps it shouldn't, as Dan Snaith is a man of immensely high standards, and why should the new record be any different. Pseudo-psychedelia, man. Snaith was generous enough to share a few streams of mixtapes and recent remixes, including one by Four Tet.
17. Toro Y Moi - 'Causers Of This'
There's just something about this track which is sickening, but not in the most negative sense of the word. More like eating too much mango chutney. Maybe it's the extreme chirpiness? Definitely one for the summertime. We reviewed Toro Y Moi's Causer's Of This here, giving it 7/10.
18. Yellow Swams - 'Drift I'
Yellow Swans are definitely not of a chipper disposition, with their fuzz-drone ambient buzz-fest scoring 8.9 on the Bleakness Scale. Uppers and downers in short succession, this could send you over the edge. If it does start to go that way, just head over to Chris Power's armchair dancefloor column and have a little break.
19. Brian Eno - 'Always Returning'
You don't need an awful amount of DRUGS to appreciate this Eno track but it's a welcome change from that despair-laden Yellow Swans track which came before, and a happy ending. A blissful state is more or less what it will induce and if you're already in that frame of mind, then the effect will surely be doubled. Eno was unveiled as a guest Artistic Director of the Brighton Festival this week, with some tasty names on the line-up.
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