Singles and EPs - June 2014
New music from Owl John, Law, Tut Vu Vu and Boot & Tax
Owl John - Hate Music
(Atlantic Records) ●●●
Presumably fed up with being the sound of winsome men in plaid shirts everywhere, Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison and Andy Monaghan have teamed up here with Olympic Swimmers’ Simon Liddell for a noisy, grizzled slice of truck-drivin’ rock in ‘Hate Music’, a song apparently carved by their priest-drifter alter-ego Owl John. It’s an effective teaser for the imminent Owl John debut album, at the very least.
Law - Cowboys and Hustlers EP
Young Fathers-affiliated Edinburgh singer and producer LAW is an artist on the rise, although this inventive and in-your-face six-track EP is more adept at illustrating her potential rather than making a splash. The handclap groove of ‘Hustle’ and ‘Transcenders’ brash bass-rock are highlights, while ‘Touches’ and ‘Lilo’ at least build up a definite aesthetic with their combination of hip hop beats and densely layered sonic effects.
Boot & Tax - Fusci EP
(Optimo Music) ●●●●
Continuing Optimo Music’s fascination with all things Italian, this latest release is Milanese duo Boot & Tax’s second on the Glasgow label. Bloody great it is too, subduing the bright and upbeat urges of Italo disco behind a raw acid house sound on the hypnotic title track and the jackin’ ‘Confuzed House’. The entire record’s a sublime exercise in cross-pollination, taking in the experimental (‘Occhi Blue’) and the dancefloor-ready (‘Il Canto’).
Tut Vu Vu - Slow Sound Horn EP
(Jas Pow) ●●●●
Appearing on a new label with links to both Django Django and The Phantom Band, the latest EP from Glasgow avant-jazz quartet Tut Vu Vu is a strong release, six tracks of messy, woozy late night drama, from the prowling saxophone sway of ‘Lynch’ to ‘So Lonely’s vaguely seedy balladry and the raw proto-punk playfulness of ‘Three Chord’.