Single of the Month: Meursault's 'Flittin''
The Dirty Projectors, Two Inch Punch, Leanne Mitchell, Skinny Lister and will.i.am also reviewed
There’s talk every year of the obligatory summer slump; when album releases take a back seat to the demand for sun-soaked holidays and piss-soaked festivals, and labels play it safe. However, judging by this month’s singles selection, there’s still plenty to salivate over in the meantime.
The Dirty Projectors kick things off nicely, returning with a crisp, mid-paced, 60s-inspired number, ‘Gun Has No Trigger’ (Domino ●●●●). A relatively sparse cut in comparison to usual Dirty Proj fair, it’s a great little laid-back cut, setting up new album Swing Lo Magellan. Two Inch Punch’s ‘Moonstruck’ meanwhile (PMR ●●●) is a suitably spacey electronic number that goes hand in hand with its Barbarella-pinching video.
The Voice winner Leanne Mitchell’s take on Whitney Houston’s ‘Run To You’ (Island ●●) is sadly another predictable few minutes of schlock crooning, but she’s got a decent enough set of pipes to suggest she’s got the talent to develop into something interesting. The barn dance folk of Skinny Lister’s ‘Rollin’ Over’ (Sunday Best ●●●) is one of few examples of bands paying tribute to roots music that seems genuine and devoid of gimmickry. It’s just fun and if you don’t move to this you are dead inside.
Will.i.am returns with another solo effort to remind you how important it is to find love in the company of a DJ. His is actually one of the more bearable voices in this age of tame, mindless dance-rap, and will surely score himself a hit with 'This is Love' (Interscope, ●●●). Longtime List favourites Meursault just pinch the top honour this month with ‘Flittin’' (Song, By Toad ●●●●) from their third LP, Something for the Weakened. A powerful, dense number live, it sounds beautifully textured and driving on record. Just great.