Singles & Downloads
What’s that Lassie? Name+Relucto are trapped down the well? ‘Spawnofspoon EP’ (Hum+Haw) ••• is a plinky-plonky kind of techno that is thankfully less like being punched hard in the face over and over, and more like the voices in your head have taken to communicating solely through the medium of bubble-wrap. And so begins our fortnightly foray into the world of singles and downloads. Next in the player is A. Skills featuring Krafty Kuts block rockin’ the friendly end of breaks, as is his wont. ‘Happiness’ (Finger Lickin’) •••• is a doozy. Then it’s original 80s electro with a satisfying R&B hook coming out of Edinburgh; unlikely indeed but Young Fathers are oddly appealing on ‘Straight Back On It’ (Black Sugar) •••. Having fully anticipated a mid-to-poor offering that I’d have to be kind about from local, soft-centred indie-rockers Underbelly, ‘Empty Faces’ (Demo) ••• proves to be pretty decent thank you very much, as is ‘Goodbye Boyfriend’ (F&J/Rat Race) ••• by The Amphetameanies, which is a shame because we should have reviewed this cheeky Vaudevillian band stand number months ago. Jesca Hoop is more than just a funny name, she makes some contrary, ethereal, bonkers and beguiling music, throwing in at least three lovely yet unrelated melodies per song on her ‘Kismet Acoustic EP’ (Last Laugh/Nettwerk) ••••. Surely by now everyone recognises James Yorkston as the magnificently mournful musical man-witch he must be but you haven’t heard ‘Tortoise Regrets Hare’ (Domino) •••• until you’ve witnessed the thorough King Creosoting it gets on the flip. Name of the fortnight surely goes to The Felt Tips. ‘Bought and Sold’ (WeePOP!) ••• brims with a jangly, off-centre cheek typified by the aforementioned and another Scottish bunch that we’ll resist naming (but begins with a B and ends with elleandsebastien). So A. Skills can have Single of the Fortnight for sounding like nothing else in the bag and for being a proper slice of heavyweight pop that just won’t stop.