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24th November 2013 19:00:00
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Singles of the Week

On this cold and gloomy November day what better way to cheer yourself up than to take a look through the latest singles to hit the airwaves. Does your favourite match our pick?

Mankind - Dr Who? (Time Waits For No Man)
A rather shameless cash in on the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary celebrations, described as a 'hit' despite only reaching 25 in the singles chart upon release in 1978. Doz Amigoz's poor excuse of a remix adds nothing to the original and it all makes for a rather pointless exercise. (JW)

Editors - Honesty
The latest track to be taken from fourth studio album The Weight Of Your Love, 'Honesty' holds no surprises for even casual followers of Editors. Moody synth rock writ large, you either love it or you hate it. We're in the former camp. (IS)

Nadine Shah - Aching Bones
An atmospheric industrial bass driven track, with haunting vocals. There's fuzz, clanging, and key changes, it's much, much better than that probably sounds though. (MM)

Francis & The Lights - Like A Dream EP
New York based singer-songwriter and producer Francis & The Lights' returns with new EP Like A Dream, his first new tracks since 2010's cult mini-album It'll Be Better. Laidback pop splashed with r&b influences awaits on the four-track EP, which marks a welcome - and promising - comeback. (IS)

Baby Queens - Life Goes By
A suspiciously Destiny's Child-esqe track, with a nice relaxing melody and soulful vocals. Not quite radio one material, but it'll certainly have its fans. (JW)

- She Came
A Led Zep-esqe guitar part coupled with a voice that sounds like a mix between Killers frontmanBrandon Flowers and Keane frontman Tom Chaplin. Not the likeliest of bedfellows but it works to produce a catchy, mellow indie tune. Lovely. (JW)

Austra - Forgive Me
With a faltering, vulnerable, female vocal of the kind that's really pretty popular these days, this is a MOR dance track. More than competent, just not very exciting. (MM)

Haraket - Levelhead
Hipster five piece Haraket are another addition to the moody synth crowd that have seen Chvrches and London Grammar hit big in 2013. This is a bit smoother, and a touch jazzy, but has a similar effect. (MM)

Findlay - Greasy Love EP
Released to tie in with TMF Tip Findlay's debut UK tour, the Greasy Love EP delivers everything that made us pay attention in the first place. The title track is an in-your-face blast of dirty rock punctuated with sharp lyrics - "I was born to be misunderstood" - before 'Black Cloud Silver Lining' strips everything back, leaving just her characteristic vocals to win you over, and 'Fake Black Heart' rounds off the original efforts in rollicking, catchy fashion. (IS)

Fenech-Soler - In Our Blood
Having just finished their UK headline tour and European dates with Simple Minds, 'In Our Blood' marks Fenech-Soler's first release on new label SO Recordings. New home though hasn't equalled new sound as the track is the usual synth-driven, energetic rock we've come to expect. Were it summer, this is something we'd be hearing on fields across the UK. (IS)

The Family Rain - Feel Better (Frank)
The first official single to be taken from their debut album Under The Volcano, 'Feel Better (Frank)' still leaves you with the feeling that The Family Rain are better witnessed live. For some reason, the rolling drums and frantic pace of this effort just feels flat on record, meaning it doesn't arrest as it should. (IS)

Single of the Week
Impressive line up this week, but only one clear winner. Drum roll please...

Lily & Madeleine - Come To Me
Ooo we LOVE Midwestern sisters Lily & Madeleine here at The Music Fix, it's one of the few things we all agree on. And what's not to love; beautiful harmonies, glorious melodies, enthralling lyricism. The haunting 'Come To Me' is the latest single from their sublime self-titled debut. Have a listen and fall under their spell. (OS)