Singles and downloads - July 2010

This month's batch of songs to look out for

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July's single releases

Mercury Prize nominee Corinne Bailey Rae takes a sassy new direction in ‘Closer’ (Parlophone) ●●●● – from her new album The Sea – a smoother, more soulful, more kick-ass effort than the sugary rom-com soundtrack stuff she seems to have, mercifully, left behind. It’s reminiscent of Velvet Rope-era Janet Jackson – and that is no bad thing.

Pneumatic girl group The Saturdays bop around a bit to some lyrically trite nonsense about the end of a relationship in ‘Missing You’ (Fascination) ●●, without ever stumbling off their stilettoes onto a half decent chorus.

Glasgow singer and former A Chocolate Morning frontman Neil Sturgeon and the Infomaniacs find love equally tough in ‘Break Me’ (Buzzwagon Beat Recordings) ●●●. Sturgeon possesses a sweet voice and the sunny sentiment is infectious: a charming slice of west coast power pop.

While ‘Diamond Church Street Choir’ (Side One Dummy Records) ●●●● by The Gaslight Anthem is a bluesy rock belter to make the heart soar, Lady Antebellum remind us all what it was like to have to sit through a whole episode of Dawson’s Creek in ‘I Run To You’ (Capitol) ●●. Leeds indie pop trio Sky Larkin keep summer alive with the delicious energy of ‘Still Windmills’ (Wichita Recordings) ●●●, just as These New Puritans get us all in the mood for autumn in the dynamically melancholy ‘Hologram’ (Angular) ●●●, a tune that drives itself to despair with cool ease.

But the world is put to rights by Nashville’s newest talent Caitlin Rose (Names Records) ●●●●●, whose alt country ballad ‘For the Rabbits’ hops into pole position for Single of the Week. It’s like listening to Iris DeMent’s younger sister shuffle willingly out of the shadows into a lifetime of pain and drama — a requisite for every young country chanteuse in the making. (Rachel Devine)

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