Singles and EPs - May 2014
New releases from Robyn and Röyksopp, Stanley Odd and So Many Animal Calls reviewed
Robyn and Röyksopp – 'Do It Again'
(Dog Triumph / Wall of Sound) ●●●●●
This is what’s technically known as ‘a banger’. An all-out euphoric electro-shock from two of Scandi-pop’s greatest protagonists – high priestess Robyn and overlords Röyksopp – ‘Do It Again’ is precisely as gleaming, well-honed and effusive as such a union suggests. They’ve collaborated in the past, but this is a high-point: the brilliant, literal, self-referential lyrics; the fact that it echoes Madonna’s ‘Like A Prayer’; the exploding synthesisers; the pummelling, relentless beat. ‘It hurts so good,’ hollers Robyn. It does.
Stanley Odd – 'Chase Yirsel'
(A Modern Way) ●●●●
Or, to give the song its Sunday name, ‘… And You Can Chase Yirsel For That Bed Tax’ – which gives a little more insight as to MC Dave ‘Solareye’ Hook’s increasingly sharp socio-political rhymes on this, the Edinburgh hip hop ensemble’s first new material since 2012’s SAY Award nominated Reject. The collective’s impeccable, beat-heavy hip hop is more spacious, experimental and fired-up than ever – and you’ll be hard pushed to hear a better use of ‘glaikit’ anywhere in the rap canon.
So Many Animal Calls – 'My Blood’s Not Mine'
Sitting comfortably in that melodic, Scots-inflected, alt-rock realm that has yielded voluminous fruit for the likes of Biffy Clyro, Twin Atlantic and We Were Promised Jetpacks, ‘My Blood’s Not Mine’ is an Atlantic-straddling offering from Glasgow quartet So Many Animal Calls. It’s the lead track from their forthcoming EP 'Burden' – the follow-up to 2011’s 'Eulogy' – and heralds a more technically proficient, adventurous dynamic, with EP tracks ‘From The Sick Bed’ and ‘Stories’ following suit.
The Jellyman's Daughter – 'Honey'
It is fair to say that if a band cites Christina Aguilera, The Beatles and bluegrass as influences, they’re likely to be somewhat unique. This Edinburgh duo do just that, and them tool themselves up with cello, acoustic guitar and dreamy vocal harmonies. If such a concoction proves mesmeric live, then it’s often just as intriguing on record, as proved by their new single, ‘Honey’ – part melancholic, unplugged post-rock, part bright folk lullaby. It’s lovely.