JAPANDROIDS – YOUNGER US
One of the loudest, best live bands around, they’ve got nowhere near the support they should’ve from their debut ‘post nothing’. Then again, that release was so good that the only suitable repayment would be the duo headlining stadiums, which would be nice for them, but not so good for those of us who like seeing them go mad in sweaty little venues. It looks like they’re still great as well, with this new release.
CRYSTAL CASTLES – CELESTICA (THURSTON MOORE REMIX)
Celestica has been mixed by many, many people since Crystal Castles second album was leaked, but when Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth fame touches anything, it’s bound to be noteworthy. Massively exciting stuff from rcrd lbl.
HOUSES – ENDLESS SPRING
“The product of being cut adrift from normal society and inspired by months spent unemployed; it’s a thoroughly modern inspiration for a beautifully contemporary sound. The duo have recently been signed to Lefse records, and if the results are anywhere near as great as ‘Endless Spring’, we’re in for a treat.”
TOKYO POLICE CLUB – WAIT UP (BOOTS OF DANGER)
Utterly flawless thus far in their career, the first listen of Champ seems to confirm that they can do no wrong. They even get the right people to remix them – Elephant Shell had Tom Campesinos! ripping apart a track, and they’ve given blogger’s favourites Dom the chance to go wild on Wait Up (Boots of Danger) to glorious effect.
KELE – TENDERONI (DAM MANTLE REMIX)
Apparently one of the 50 most fearless people in music along with The Knife, Tenderoni is a decent enough track and Dam Mantle has remixed it. Whether or not it’s as groundbreaking as the revelation that Paul Weller is amongst that 50 is debatable, though.
FOALS – SPANISH SAHARA (BANGATANG REMIX)
Their second album has conclusively decided that the band are more than a flash in the pan and are indeed better than being another Skins band. The mass media might need reminding that they’re a five piece from time to time, but Yannis probably doesn’t mind that every single feature is dominated by pictures of him and the rest probably don’t either. As long as they keep following their upward trajectory of making good music, I’m sure the rest of us won’t be bothered either.
DUTCH UNCLES – FABIO ACAPELLA
World Cup songs are pretty much all novelty hits made to make anyone with a hint of taste cringe like a teenager at a family get together. The only one that has any kind of longevity is ‘World in Motion’, which is largely due to the fact it’s almost a half decent song. Almost. However, Dutch Uncles are looking to buck the trend by making a football song that’s actually a decent tune as well, rather than the mash-up of footballers names, commentary and poor, jingoistic references with a midi backing beat.
BEKO DSL – DISTRICT COLUMBIA + HOORAY!
As usual, absolutely brilliant stuff from Beko.
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