We’re still reeling from a story we’ve just read regarding a member of the Roll Deep crew suffering from ‘sleep weeing’, i.e. he wets the bed. Why on earth do we need to know this? Is it an elaborate cry for help, some kind of grime out reach program or simply a way of adding another layer to the 360 degree model of publicity? Either way, it’s not helping one bit with the fall-out from last week’s fairly dismal edition of New Music Monday. La Roux‘s thing probably wasn’t even chart eligible, The xx live EP was out a while back (although their album has risen again to a new peak of 13 in the album charts) and the amazing Gorillaz single missed the top 40 completely. In slightly more heartening news, that Jedward album entered at number 17 and though that’s approximately 158 places too high, it does still show that not all humans under the age of ten are completely hopeless. For reasons we’ve yet to fully understand, we follow the Irish twins on Twitter and their ‘twats’ (that’s the word, right?) are a riot of malapropisms and strangely cult-ish orders directed at their fans. Anyways, eyes down for this week’s installment.
Crazy For You by Best Coast
It feels like Best Coast have been around forever, not just because their brand of ’60s-influenced guitar-based singalongs have a timeless feel about them, but also because we remember reading about them about eighteen months ago. OK, so not ‘forever’ exactly, but still, it’s been a while. Their early singles – The Sun Was High (So Was I) and When I’m With You – were properly amazing and so it’s somewhat surprising that they don’t appear on this debut release, but it’s testament to the quality of the songs that do make it that they’re only marginally missed. Opener ‘Boyfriend’ is an instant classic, whilst tracks such as ‘Summer Mood’ and ‘Our Deal’ showcase singer Beth Consentino’s ability to mix humour and heartbreak. Also, if you fancy buying another album with a cat on the cover, why not go for Wavves‘ King Of Beach (in fact, it’s the same cat on both covers as Beth’s boyfriend is Nathan Williams, the bloke from Wavves)?
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The Suburbs by Arcade Fire
We’ve yet to make our minds up about this band. Yes, Funeral is good, but Neon Bible was like some preaching manual set to music and we have a problem with their sneery side and the fact that they seem to think that adding a harmonium to a song is in some way thought-provoking and, like, really IMPORTANT. Anyways, this isn’t the music’s fault, is it? No, the poor music just wants to be listened to on its own merits so we will give it a whirl and get back to you.
‘Self Control’ by Sunday Girl
We’re big fans of maudlin electropop chanteuse Sunday Girl. Have we mentioned we interviewed her once? Have we? Yes? Oh, OK. Well, this is her second single and it’s a cover, but it’s a cover of a song that came out ages ago (well, in the ’80s) so only old fogies will remember it, so who really cares, right? This version is a little bit brooding, a little bit ‘down in the dumps’, but it’s also really catchy and memorable. She reminds us a bit of Siobhan Donaghy from Sugababes mk 1, and we all know how well her solo career panned out. The comparison is slightly clearer if you watch the video.