Singles and downloads - February 2010
Let’s start this time with the newie from Sugababes version (counts on fingers) 4.0, because a new Sugababes single, ace or execrable, will always be worthy of discussion. And ‘Wear My Kiss’ (Island) ●●● is certainly blessed with a memorable chorus, even if it’s a punishingly unsubtle one. More ‘Hole in the Head’ than ‘Overload’ this time.
What other dispatches from the pop machine? How about Good Scottish Lassie and Radio 2 fixture Amy Macdonald with the efficiently anthemic ‘Don’t Tell Me That It’s Over’ (Vertigo) ●●●? Or Ellie Goulding, the chipmunk-voiced official best pop thing about 2010, whose ‘Starry Eyed’ (Polydor) ●● will unfortunately make you wonder if it’s possible to play a CD or an audio file at the wrong speed.
Those with a liking for girl-pop might instead wish to turn to Fife’s Panda Su, whose Steve ‘Beta Band’ Mason-produced ‘Sticks & Bricks EP’ (Peter Panda) ●●●● is a quite gorgeous exercise in cutesy melancholy. Keeping it local, we’d also like to deservedly talk up the Isle of Lewis’ Colin MacLeod aka The Boy Who Trapped the Sun, whose ‘Home EP’ (Chess Club) ●●●● displays the same folk crossover appeal as Fairport Convention or Nick Drake, and Glasgow’s next mainstream big thing Kassidy, coming on like a watered-down Kings of Leon throughout ‘The Rubbergum EP’ (Vertigo) ●●●
Without getting all parochial about it, there’s a load of deservedly recommended music coming out of Scotland this fortnight, like Glasgow’s The Dirty Cuts, who are Franz-like but pretty good for it, as shown on ‘2 Page Spread’ (17 Seconds) ●●●. Staying on the West Coast, Optimo favourite The Niallist has produced an old-school acid house stormer in ‘AC/ID’ (Little Rock) ●●●● Also out is ‘Take It Slow’ (free download) ●●● from ex-Ruffness man Bob Hillary and the Massive Mellow, featuring members of his old group, which is pleasantly summery and, err, massively mellow.
Only two bands in it for Single of the Fortnight though, with The Big Pink’s strident ‘Velvet’ (4AD) ●●●● just missing out for not being as good as ‘Dominoes’. Yet Frightened Rabbit’s breakneck ‘Nothing Like You’ (Fatcat) ●●●● is quite possibly their best yet. The winners!