M83 and Jens Lekman among highlights of August singles and downloads
Wynter Gordon, Toddla T and How To Swim also feature
Music must mostly be on its holidays considering how light the singles bag is this month, but in the pursuit of assessing shortplayers The List does not rest, just don’t blame us if we’re grouchy. That means you, Hard-Fi. Why must you offend us so with tracks like ‘Fire in the House’ (Atlantic) ●, which sounds depressingly like a Saturday night down the A&E pressing a bloody rag to a broken nose?
Speaking of blood on the dancefloor, it’s Glasgow trash mob How To Swim with ‘Corpsing’ (Personal Hygiene) ●●●, three-minutes of manic thrash-disco thrills examining ‘the dichotomy of dancing and dying’. Speaking of copping it, it’s Wynter Gordon with party-pop firecracker ‘Til Death’ (Big Beat) ●●● and London wasted youths Tribes, a new band set to meet their pop maker sooner rather than later judging by sub-Suede glammy contrivance ‘Sappho’ (Island) ●●. Completing the mid-table round-up is Toddla-T’s wiggly synth workout ‘Watch Me Dance’ (Ninja Tune) ●●●, which we’d speculate could make for a decent Ibiza summer anthem if we’d ever actually been.
But forget summer because Christmas has come early, in the form of free downloads from two fine artists readying long-awaited new longplayers. For their excellence and unseasonal generosity a joint Single of the Month goes to swoonsome Swedish indie crooner Jens Lekman with the characteristically groovesome and witty ‘An Argument With Myself’ (Secretly Canadian) ●●●●, and electro-shoegaze Frenchman M83 with ‘Midnight City’ (Mute) ●●●●, a certified banger to get fists and hearts pumping feverishly. The latter’s worth a click for the triumphant 80s sax solo alone – go forth and Google.