Singles and downloads – July 2015
Featuring Man of the Moon, the Prodigy and Sofie Letitre
The Norwegian version of Pop Idol (it’s just called Idol over there) must be more exciting than our own Saturday night Cowell-opoly if we’re taking Mariann Rosa as evidence. Formerly of early-noughties pop band Surferosa, and later a judge on Idol, she wears iridescent shirts and looks like a space-age Lauren Laverne. Her new single ‘Banjo for my Bitches’ (●●●, Popjoy records, out now) is a Europop dance number that has absolutely nothing to do with banjos.
Rising grime artist Fekky’s had a good year, supporting Kanye West, the Game and Dizzee Rascal (we presume he had nothing to do with Kanye’s Queen singalong at Glasto). With latest single ‘Way Too Much’ (●●●, Island Records, out now), ft. Skepta, he’s looking to establish a beachhead across the pond. From rising stars to the recently departed – the new single from Mungo’s Hi Fi, ‘Raggamuffin’ (●●●, Scrub A Dub, out 8 Jul) features vocals from the late Sugar Minott and his protégé Daddy Freddy, recorded during one of the former’s last ever sessions.
Speaking of Glastonbury – while literally everyone in the world, or at least everyone on Twitter, was going on about Kanye’s Pyramid Stage-sized fail, the Prodigy were busy scoring their sixth consecutive UK number one album. In anticipation of their own festival appearances and a UK-wide arena tour, they’re releasing a new EP, ‘The Night Is My Friend’ (●●●● Take Me To The Hospital / Cooking Vinyl, 17 Jul) containing a reworked version of fan-fave ‘AWOL’ and an excellent remix of ‘Rebel Radio’ by René Lavice.
Moving on from night-time bangers to bed-time chillers, Sofie Letitre’s new single ‘Bare’ (●●●● Division Recordings, out now) marks her return after 2012’s debut album Back Where We Came From. Letitre plays with heavily reverberated vocals for a haunting track that evokes the more accessible parts of FKA Twigs’ catalogue. The minimalistic B-side ‘Slip’ is also worth checking out.
What have Crystal Castles – the band that are too cool for you to dance to – been up to? Their new single ‘Deicide’ (●●●●, Fiction, out now) is the second with new vocalist Edith and, with big bass and synth sounds jabbering over their trademark lowercase lyrics, it’s probably the closest they’ll ever get to producing a club banger. Meanwhile, unlike Crystal Castles, Rocky Nti sounds like he actually likes his audience. ‘Ride On’ (●●●● Squat Sound, 24th July), his new EP, carries an infectious guitar hook and chirpy indie pop lyrics.
That takes us, last but not least, to our Single of the Month: Embra duo Man of Moon’s new song ‘The Road’ (●●●●● Melodic, out July 17). Featuring compressed vocals, scuzzy guitars and a motoric groove that echoes tour-mates The Phantom Band, it’s a psychedelic ode to the open road.