Latest Single Reviews

  • Merchandise - "Little Killer"

    An unwritten rule about thriving in the DIY punk and hardcore scene is that once you're in it you can't get out without suffering an involuntary expulsion from your peers if you change too much. Except that the songwriting pursuits of the Tampa, Florida act were skewed in a different direction from the start - sure, their last full-length Children of Desire was cloaked in a blanket of grey-hued reverb, but it was mostly a hindrance to the ringing, layered... Read more

  • Röyksopp & Robyn - "Do It Again"

    Between them, Röyksopp and Robyn have been responsible for some of the most exhilarating and interesting Scandinavian pop and dance music of the last decade, so hopes were already high for their upcoming mini-album. On the evidence of this, the title track, those hopes are now positively stratospheric. Between them, they’ve found the middle ground between Röyksopp’s... Read more

  • Big Boi - "Mrs. Vandebilt (feat. Wings, Little Dragon & Kelly Rowland)"

    If you’re wondering how Big Boi has cleared all the samples and legal wrangles likely to result from this collaboration, well… he hasn’t. Mrs. Vandebilt is part of Big Boi’s ongoing mash-up series and takes the instrumental track (plus some of Paul McCartney’s vocals) from the Band... Read more

  • David Lynch - "The Big Dream (Moby reworking feat. Mindy Jones)"

    David Lynch’s work is hardly known for its energetic qualities, but this Moby reworking of the title track from Lynch’s 2013 album manages to dial it down even further. Lynch’s vocals have been replaced by the barely-there whispers of Moby collaborator Mindy Jones giving an overall effect so tenderly languorous it’s similar to a peaceful reverie between sleep and wakefulness. The sweeping strings, simple percussion and hushed voices all melt into one somnambulating... Read more

  • Banks - "Goddess"

    The hotly-tipped Jillian Banks has recently announced the release of her debut album, but we’ll have a while to wait since it’s not out until September. To ease our pain, she’s put this, the title track, online and you can download it if you pre-order the album. It contains all the elements we’ve come to expect from Banks – icy atmosphere, minimalist beats, sparse electronics and beautifully understated emotion – but what really elevates this track is the... Read more

  • Fuse ODG - "Dangerous Love (feat. Sean Paul)"

    Any questions you may have on how Fuse’s afrobeats-infuenced UK hip-hop is going to meld with Sean Paul’s dancehall stylings are banished by the sheer exuberance of this track. The syncopated beat that drives Dangerous Love is akin to a galloping horse and while this song may not offer much... Read more

  • Charli XCX - "SuperLove"

    Less than six months after her full-length debut, True Romance, was released, Charli XCX is back with SuperLove, the first single to be taken from her next album. Moving slightly away from the Grimes-like, magpie-eyed... Read more

  • The Eccentronic Research Council - "Maxine's Dream (feat. Maxine Peake)"

    In 1964, Delia Derbyshire, arguably the inventor of modern electronic music, created a piece called The Dreams, where she - in collaboration with Barry Bermange - married ring modulation with fragments of various people recalling their dreams. Nearly half a century on, The Eccentronic Research Council have recorded a tribute with... Read more

  • Oneohtrix Point Never - "Zebra"

    The music of Daniel Lopatin (the mastermind behind Oneohtrix Point Never), has evolved considerably over the years, but no matter where his music has gone, it typically inspires a uniform reaction – to melt into your seat and allow waves of noise and vocal hiccups drown you. But Zebra, our latest taste of his new record, R Plus 7, is possibly his first to inspire... Read more

  • Kayo Dot - "Thief"

    I’m really fighting the urge to label Thief as one of the most outwardly aggressive metal tunes I’ve heard in quite some time, but in a purist sense, that just wouldn’t be true. Not to mention, it would be particularly erroneous (and somewhat unfair) of me to peg a group as eclectic and eccentric as Kayo Dot as solely a “metal” band. In actuality, Thief is a tumultuous blend of psychotic death metal, ambient drone, and sublime avant-jazz... Read more