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Single Reviews

Posted 17 May 2013 @ 2:47pm

Lifted from their upcoming full-length Uncanny Valley, Memorium is a majestic return to the dancefloor for the freshly resurgent synth purveyors. Never overreaching, frontman Vince Vendetta commanding baritone draws you in with the inflections of Bela Legosi’s Dracula. Percussive rave synths are on point, and the minimalist coda has an eerie undercurrent, sounding like a spaced-out Angelo...

Posted 17 May 2013 @ 2:47pm

There’s an enticing swirl of hypnotic instrumentation present on Human – a disjointed snare punctuation, understated guitar pulses and a subtle orchestral build. The cries of “despite everything / I’m still human” skirt between a razor’s edge of fragility and empowerment, eventually surrendering with the final line which is best enjoyed spoiler-free.

 

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Posted 17 May 2013 @ 2:31pm

Approaching the release of their first LP in five years, Josh Homme and co. are riding a wave of near-infallibility. It’s deserved, I guess, considering that QOTSA have never produced anything truly awful – and memories of their greatest moments can carry them over more languid moments such as Era Vulgaris and this, a slowed down carousel-like track that never really lifts. It’s solid, and...

Posted 17 May 2013 @ 2:21pm

Was really hoping this would be a RiRi cover, but alas, it’s a shitty dose of drunken Brit guitar that tries to act clever with a tempo switch-up. Do these NME-knighted lads know what fate is in store? They’re bound to end up on the indie scrapheap alongside that band I can’t remember that sounded like The Libertines and that other band that sounded like the band I can’t remember. No one can...

Posted 17 May 2013 @ 11:04am

A measured little folk jaunt, Tomorrow Morning balances the two strong vocal leads from Sweet Jean AKA Sime Nugent and Alice Keath. Lush strings and orchestral percussion bolster the Fleet Foxes-like core. Nothing too spectacular, but still sitting well above most of the mainstream folk glut.

 

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Posted 17 May 2013 @ 11:00am

It’s approaching summer in the northern hemisphere, so here we have a tilt at a summer YOLO club banger anthem. Despite a slick intro and signature Miami-shoutout from Pitbull (who, for some reason, I find really listenable), Live It Up falls apart due to the rampant folly of cramming as many hooks into a pop song as possible. Pretty much everything J-Lo sings could classify as a chorus, none...