Incorporating The Music Fix
7th August 2011 19:00:00
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Singles of the Week

It is time for this week's edition of The Singles of the Week! Without further ado, let's crack on.

Tom Eno - Country
One could complain about the similarity to Doves in country mode; think 'Kingdom of Rust'. However, the sense of melancholy and the melody are so gorgeous and satisfying, it would feel a little mean. (JD)

Danny & The Champions of the World - You Don't Know (My Heart Is In The Right Place)
Decidedly lo-fi frills, this is the first single to feature the band's entirely new line-up. 'You Don't Know' features the usual jangly guitar backing, often breaking into an impressive solo, while Danny Wilson's vocals are more than adequate. What we end up with is an effective enough indie-rock tune that doesn't stray far from the well worn tracks... (CP)



Rough Fields - You As You
The third release from Manchester's James Birchall is an abstract Sigur Rós-ish affair. Choir boy vocals are swamped in increasingly fuzzy guitar and, er, tinkling. Bloody nice it is too. (JD)

Crystal Fighters - Plage
Released on the same day as a deluxe edition of their debut album Star Of Love, Crystal Fighters' 'Plage' won't sway anyone not already in tune with their unique blend of folk and dance but does its job exceptionally well, building to a mighty fine crescendo of synths, drums and guitars at the climax. (IS)



Classified - That Ain't Classy
Canadian rapper Classified is staying classy in the face of the temptations of fame. This is a decent, catchy enough single, following the rap-verse-with-melodic-chorus template of most chart hip-hop. (JD)



The Fanclub - A Real Horror (Part II) / Let's Measure Next Year Better
Sounds like someone doing a Morrissey impression, even more badly than he does these days. (JD)

Deep Cut - Something's Got To Give
The first single taken from Deep Cut's forthcoming second album Disorientation, 'Something's Got To Give' can potentially bring in two sets of new fans. One will be taken in by the swaggering guitars that are rightly given their own section to shine halfway through, and the other will be those taken in by the breathy vocals of Emma Flint with more than a little touch of Debbie Harry about them. Promising. (IS)



The Travelling Band - Battlescars
Rather nice, if inconsequential, Brit country/folk, building to a banjo-tastic climax. Fans of the likes of Mumford & Sons should lap it up. (JD)

Paul Curreri - Nothing's Changed on the Dancefloor
Unfashionable hip-shaker that simultaneously channels Elvis and Chris Rea. That's quite a feat, and for that simple fact, we'll give it a thumbs up. (DB)

CocknBullKid - Yellow
Lovely soul-flavourded tune from Anita Blay, aka CocknBullKid. While most female vocalists seem to think they need to hit every note in the octave, Blay let's her lovely mezzo flow simply and effectively allowing the bouncy fun of the melody to carry her along, and beautifully done it is too. (OS)



Lucy Love - Thunder
A darkly enticing slab of understated dance music from this Danish MC is sadly ruined by the appalling mid-song techno rapping that removes all mystery from an otherwise excellent first attack on the UK market. (GB)



FOE - Deep Water Heartbreaker
Not only is FOE a female punk rocker, a fact that is enough to make most of us TMFers get all flustered, but her new single pulls off the double whammy of being pretty amazing as well. Scuzzy riffs, heavy bass and strong vocals mix to excellent effect with the end result being that we're already pretty much set to go down on one knee. (IS)



Twilight Singers - Blackbird And The Fox
The latest chapter in the career of former Afghan Whigs front man Greg Dulli starts with this first single from the upcoming Twilight Singers album. A simple and stunningly beautiful journey that exudes warmth and joy as it gently builds towards a breathtaking crescendo. The way the subtle and understated appearance of Ani DiFranco blends seamlessly with Dulli’s distinctive voice only adds to the sense that this is an artist at the peak of his powers. (GB)

Nero - Promises
The latest slice from Nero's debut album Welcome Reality (out on the 15th), 'Promises' sprinkles their brand of dubstep with additional rock and the result is huge with an excellent chorus that sounds massive, even if you just played it on tinny laptop speakers. Let's just hope the album delivers on the promise (ed - oh dear). (IS)



Alpines - Cocoon
Wearing their influences on their sleeve, the South West London duo fit nicely along Zola Jesus and EMA. The electronic-gothic fusion is infused with an almost ethereal sparkle. With some dub-step hints, 'Cocoon', manages to carve itself out a unique niche in a genre that has been busy of late. It's a track that is remarkable in that it holds interest right up until the end - leaving us with that rare feeling of wanting more! (CP)



Charlie Simpson - Parachutes
Charlie Simpson's gruff no nonsense voice adds a bit of edge to this Coldplay-esque tune. Seems to be working as it is getting a healthy dose of airplay on Indie rock stations like XFM. While the mid-tempo rock melody is pleasant, one Coldplay is quite enough me thinks. (OS)



Single Of The Week


The Pierces - It Will Not Be Forgotten
Gotta love a single that lends itself to an easy pun...The Pierces' latest single from their top five album You And I will certainly not be forgotten by anyone who gives it a spin. Smooth, luscious vocal harmonies are ably backed by a subtle acoustic melody creating a track that deserves to be swooned over. If you haven't given The Pierces a go yet, here's the perfect starting point. (IS)