Singles and EPs – June 2015

Featuring FFS, Years and Years, Man of Moon and Twilight Sad

Singles and EPs - June 2015


Before we dive headlong into this summer's new singles and downloads, let us address the Elliphant in the room. She's a Swedish singer / rapper also known as Ellinor Olovsdotter, and her new single 'Love Me Badder' (●●● TEN Music, out now) is part Robyn-esque machine ballad, part Shaggy-evoking 'Mr Loverman' tussle, with a clear nod to MIA thrown in for good measure. It makes for an excellent urban pop dirge.

Years and Years' latest is a rather more gleaming pop affair. 'Shine' (●●● Polydor, out Sun 5 Jul) is less jarring and self-consciously banging than their all-conquering previous single 'King', and sees the London electro trio bring down the tempo and ramp up the longing (and Vangelis / Climie Fisher echoes) to fine effect.

Edinburgh duo Man of Moon's debut 7” 'The Road' (●●●● Melodic, out now) is a heady psychedelic jam that lives up to the myriad whispers of greatness surrounding the enigmatic pair, and the new offering from Glasgow's disco post-punk renegades WHITE is similarly promising: 'Future Pleasures' (●●●● RCA, out now) is a glittering, glam-strutting, Postcard-toting non-stop thrill.

Or, if you prefer your Scottish pop replete with vaudevillian post-punk kicks, then look no further than 'Johnny Delusional' (●●●● Domino, out Mon 8 Jun), which comes courtesy of Franz Ferdinand and Sparks (FFS) and is every bit as arch, dramatic and rock-operatic as such a dream alliance might suggest.

Jenny Hval's new single is more suited to the bedroom hour. 'That Battle is Over' (●●●● Sacred Bones, out now) sees the Norwegian artist take on socialism, consumerism and war, via the medium of exquisite alt-pop. Similarly swoon-inducing is the new short-player from Natalie Prass, whose skipping, flute-toting 'Bird of Prey' (●●●● Spacebomb, out Fri 31 Jul) is an upbeat highlight from her lovely recent self-titled album.

Our Single of the Month garland will have to stretch that bit further, so as to accommodate the combined brilliance of the Twilight Sad and Bdy_Prts. The Twilight Sad's haunted-pop masterpiece 'It Never Was the Same' (●●●●● Fat Cat, out Mon 15 Jun) comes replete with a cover of 'There's a Girl in the Corner' by the Cure's gothic-pop kingpin himself, Robert Smith. Meanwhile, Bdy_Prts' 'Cold Shoulder' (●●●●● self-released, out Mon 15 Jun) is a kick-ass indie R&B classic from Glasgow's Jill O'Sullivan (Sparrow and the Workshop) and Jenny Reeve. Think synths and violins; think spandex and unicorns; think Sons and Daughters duelling with Destiny's Child. They're better than that.

The Twilight Sad – It Never Was The Same

FFS – Johnny Delusional


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