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Music - Singles of the week - Monday, April 8, 2013

IndieLondon gleefully checks out the cream of the week’s singles.

Nina Nesbitt, Stay Out

SINGLE OF THE WEEK 1: NINA NESBITTSTAY OUT: Scottish singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt drops a genuinely catchy new single in the form of Stay Out. Driven by a breezy acoustic guitar and some sultry vocals, this is an ode to going out, staying up late and having a good time – and the results are entirely infectious. The longer the track lasts, the more layered it becomes, with drums and piano arrangements augmenting the folk-pop sound. It’s made for nodding along in appreciation, while the chorus is lively enough to encourage robust sing-alongs, especially in live form. Really, there’s not much to dislike here. It’s a sparkling folk-pop gem of a record.
Rating: 3 out of 5

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The Pigeon Detectives, I Won't Come Back

THE PIGEON DETECTIVES – I WON’T COME BACK: The Pigeon Detectives drop the livewire new single, I Won’t Come Back, ahead of the April 29 release of their next album, We Met At Sea. A raw and ballsy rock ‘n’ roll track that sees the band at their most honest, this is a declaration of intent both in terms of the lyrics (about a failed relationship) and what to expect from the new material. This is arguably their most mature offering yet in the way that it mixes tempos and goes for broke during the loud moments. There’s a blistering guitar solo, an anthemic chorus, pounding drums and an overall confidence that is utterly infectious. We Met At Sea is already shaping up to be a quality listen.
Rating: 4 out of 5

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The Joy Formidable

THE JOY FORMIDABLELITTLE BLIMP: With their latest album, The Joy Formidable have delivered a collection of power rock anthems that feel almost unrelenting in intensity. Evidence of that is to be found in new single, Little Blimp, a robust rocker that is driven by mighty guitar riffs and lively vocals. Taken as a short, sharp blast from the Joy Formidable canon, it’s a suitably invigorating effort that zips along with giddy abandon. But placed against the context of the album, it tends to get lost amid the mix. Therefore, the best option is to here and appreciate it in self-contained single form, where it really does rock your socks off!
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Beaty Heart

BEATY HEARTSEAFOOD: Seafood is the latest single from London based music and video arts group Beaty Heart. This will be the sixth release from Heart Throb Records, who have already put out material from the likes of Must, Torches and Loom since forming in 2012. The track will be released on a limited run of 100 cassettes (with an instant download) available through Heart Throb’s Bandcamp page. Best described as a jubilant slice of off-kilter pop, Seafood is wilfully eccentric, effortlessly upbeat and alive with off-kilter percussion (some of which feels African influenced), giddy pop melody and kooky harmonising (not to mention the odd whistle). It may be acquired taste for some circles but it maintains a pop sensibility that should make it radio friendly too. Produced by Al O’Connell, recent winner of the Recording Engineer of the Year award from the Music Producers Guild, Seafood will feature on the band’s debut album, due for release later this year. We’re intrigued…
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Funeral For A Friend

FUNERAL FOR A FRIENDNAILS: Funeral For A Friend vocalist Matthew Davies-Kreye described new single Nails as being a song about “stepping up to your responsibilities and accepting the situation you find yourself in… and working hard to make it better”. It’s the latest track to be released from the band’s recent sixth album, Conduit, which scored a Top 40 spot in the album charts. The record is a fast and furious return to the band’s hardcore roots which has generally delighted both fans and critics alike. And while heavy, with pounding drums and volatile guitar riffs, it’s actually one of the better tracks Funeral For A Friend have put out in a while – complete with impassioned vocals that really add up to a heady, head-banging brew. It won’t appeal to the meek-minded but as power rock goes, this is pretty emphatic stuff, complete with some radio friendly melodies tossed in.
Rating: 3 out of 5

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Nicky Romero and NERVO, Like Home

NICKY ROMERO & NERVOLIKE HOME: As dance tracks go, this one’s not too terrible. Admittedly, once things get going the swirling synths and pounding beats have a generic feel about them. But early on, the track builds momentum nicely with an almost mellow intro, which also returns during the chorus around the two and a half minute mark. Indeed, when keeping the dance aspects reined in, the track is pretty cool, especially when allowing NERVO’s vocals to take centre stage. But once DJ Nicky cranks up the harder dance elements, it loses its ability to grip quite as much. That said, there’s a decent accompanying video and the vibe is toe-tapping enough to get you up on that dancefloor whenever it comes a knocking.
Rating: 3 out of 5

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Isolated Atoms, Hold On

ISOLATED ATOMSHOLD ON: Isolated Atoms specialise in epic, gutsy rock and roll that is aimed squarely at the big stage. Hence, comparisons are sure to come from the likes of U2, The Cult and even Bon Jovi. Formed in the industrial wastelands of Dudley, a small town in the Black Country, the band’s sound is influenced by the likes of U2 and Kings of Leon and clearly aims high. New single Hold On has towering choruses, sky-scraping guitar riffs and a sense of grandeur that is quite empowering. It’s a statement of intent that succeeds in making you take notice of them. The single was produced by Gavin Monaghan (of Editors, The Twang and Robert Plant fame) and is made for playing loud and singing at the top of your voice.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Valentiine

VALENTIINELOVE LIKE: Three piece all-girl garage rockers Valentiine hail from Melbourne, Australia, and make their UK debut with gutsy new single Love Like. The first single to be taken from their eponymous debut album, it’s a slick combination of raw vocals and garage rock riffs that displays plenty of passion and fire (and perhaps something of an L7-style vibe). The mid-track breakdown even has a hint of the grunge about it (a la Nirvana), exploding to life for an emphatic finale. It’s volatile stuff but radio friendly too. An acoustic version of the song is also worth checking out for the way in which it offers a softer alternative that resonates in an entirely different way, emerging as melancholy by comparison. The debut album and a UK tour follow in June.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Iggy Azalea, Work

IGGY AZALEAWORK: Iggy Azalea is another of 2013’s hot tips having already amassed something of a global following off the back of two mixtapes and a high profile Twitter row with MC Azealia Banks. New single Work is very much a mission statement designed to get her noticed by the mainstream. It’s an attitude laden combo of hip hop and pop that finds Azalea declaring “I give it work, been working on my shit” over emphatic piano chords and a pounding hip-hop beat (during the chorus). It’s unapologetically provocative, complete with swearing aplenty and nods to girls giving blow-jobs but it’s got enough going for it to get it noticed by the circles she’s clearly aiming for. Hence, the pumped up Fast & Furious/Spring Breakers crowd may well be getting their jollies off to it for the coming summer months.
Rating: 3 out of 5

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