Single of the Month - Rennes Les Bains Clan's ‘What You Fighting For’

Releases by Deadline Shakes, How to Dress Well, Jets, Telepathe and more


This article is from 2012.

Single of the Month - Rennes Les Bains Clan's ‘What You Fighting For’

Such was The List’s excitement at the joys contained in the Singles & Downloads sandbox this month that we thought we’d try a wee experiment. How about, we thought, if we could get to the end of this column without mentioning any of the crap? Then let’s start with Glasgow’s Deadline Shakes ‘Sweeten the Deal’ (Flowers in the Dustbin) ●●●●, which is really good, a winsome, mandolin-led blast of power-country of the sort Kassidy wish they were making.

It’s a big month in minimal, techy alternapop from the mighty How to Dress Well ‘& It Was U’ (Weird World) ●●●●, a slice of lithe, sexy digisoul set to a warm rap beat, and the first effort from Jets ‘Jets EP’ (Leisure System) ●●●●, the new project from Jimmy Edgar and Machinedrum. They’ve only given us one track (‘Lock Lock Key Key’), but it’s a subtle, glitching dancefloor monster in the same vein as TNGHT, HudMo’s recent collaboration with Lunice.

The Dave ‘TV On the Radio’ Sitek-produced Telepathe ‘Destroyer’ (Federal Prism) ●●●● is a power-anthem which leans towards the genre of wintry, feminine-voiced balladry, a nice segue into Poliça ‘Lay Your Cards Out’ (Memphis Industries) ●●●●, if you can imagine Everything But the Girl gone R&B, and the tender tidal wave of Daughter ‘Smother’ (4AD) ●●●●.

The experiment’s going well, although to head for a home run we’re going to tread softly past some merely quite good songs (sorry, Animal Collective and How to Swim), although The Temper Trap ‘Miracle’ (Infectious) ●●●● narrowly scrapes in for sounding like a cross between The Script and a mid-90s trance compilation by Sasha. As for Single of the Fortnight, we’d love to give it to the insufferably catchy Yeasayer ‘Reagan’s Skeleton’ (Mute) ●●●●, but Rennes Les Bains Clan ‘What You Fighting For’ (Flowers in the Dustbin) ●●●● has grabbed our attention, a sharp and incisive protest song set to a boiled-down, Specials-like kind of North African ska.


Telepathe - Destroyer

POLICA - Lay Your Cards Out (Official Music Video)

Daughter - "Smother"

The Temper Trap - Miracle


RENNES LES BAINS CLAN - What You Fighting For

This article is from 2012.


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Colston Hall, Bristol

Tue 25 Oct

£22.56 / 0117 922 3686

Manchester Academy

Mon 24 Oct

£22.60 / 0161 275 2930

O2 Academy Brixton, London SW9

Thu 27 Oct

£27.40 / 0844 477 2000

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How To Dress Well

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Band on the Wall, Manchester

Thu 24 Nov

£12 / 01618 341786

Stereo, Glasgow

Wed 23 Nov

£11 / 0141 222 2254

Village Underground, London EC2A

Mon 21 Nov

£15.40 / 020 7422 7505

The Temper Trap

Melbourne swoonsome indie rock four-piece who are a favourite soundtrack for adverts and TV programmes.

The Garage, Glasgow

Sun 18 Dec

£15 / 0141 332 1120

Manchester Academy

Mon 19 Dec

£15 / 0161 275 2930

O2 Institute, Birmingham

Tue 20 Dec

£15 / 0844 844 0444

Wed 21 Dec


£16.50 / 0844 844 0444

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