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Music - Singles of the week - Friday, May 19, 2017

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

Danger Mouse, Chase Me

SINGLE OF THE WEEK 1: DANGER MOUSE feat RUN THE JEWELS AND BIG BOICHASE ME: Award-winning producer and artist Danger Mouse will release the soundtrack for Edgar Wright’s highly anticipated film, Baby Driver, on his Columbia Records imprint 30th Century Records this June. The soundtrack for the music-heavy film, titled Music From The Motion Picture Baby Driver, boasts 30 multi-genre tunes in total, including 29 rare tracks and deep cuts, as well as one original song created by Danger Mouse specifically for the film. As anticipation heightens ahead of both the release of the film and the soundtrack, Danger Mouse has now released Chase Me, featuring Run the Jewels and Big Boi. The guest features on the song make for the perfect film tie in, as both Killer Mike of Run the Jewels and Big Boi have small but memorable appearances in Baby Driver. Chase Me samples Bellbottoms by Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and features additional production from Run The Jewels El-P. Given that Danger Mouse has long been one of our favourite producers, it’s no surprise that we highly rate this track. A heavy-hitter that’s high on attitude, urban urgency and rap (given its guest collaborators), this nevertheless still manages to drop funky back-beats and samples, adding grit and edge to a song not short of it anyway. Without even having seen the film, you can tell this will play a key part – and one can only imagine excitedly how Wright will employ it.
Rating: 4 out of 5

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Darlia, Beam Me Up

SINGLE OF THE WEEK 2: DARLIABEAM ME UP: Produced by Darlia’s own Nathan Day and Frank Colucci, Beam Me Up, the new single from Darlia, is about the catharsis of songwriting. In a very open account about the song Nathan explains: “It amazes me how brutally open you can be in songs and not even wince when it gets put out into the world. It’s like walking around with a sign on your head telling everyone what you’re secretly thinking but never actually saying the words in conversation. Soon, you’re gonna hear Beam Me Up. I wrote this song because I couldn’t afford a therapist. I’m lucky that writing songs is a legitimate coping mechanism cos I don’t know what the fuck I’d do if I couldn’t get it out. It deffo can’t stay in there though. I wrote the song on piano following a debilitating battle with my body and mind – felt like they were both failing me and literally falling apart before my eyes. I couldn’t afford the money to fix myself.” In spite of the sombre, and refreshingly honest, sentiments underpinning it, the track itself remains a big, expansive rock-pop offering that engages from the start. The riffs are solid and catchy, the chorus big and empowering in its own way, and the overall vibe one of empowerment (of rising above personal trouble). As a result, it’s a slow builder that becomes highly anthemic. And with mental health currently very much in focus, it couldn’t arrive at a more timely moment.
Rating: 4 out of 5

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Muse, Dig Down

MUSEDIG DOWN: Muse have released their new single Dig Down to stream and download now. The track focuses on the themes of unity and survival – fighting for what’s right when your back’s against the wall. Dig Down was co-produced by Mike Elizondo and Muse and mixed by Spike Stent. It’s set against the backdrop of a really fat electronic loop, some slick beats and a chorus that has a hint of gospel about it. As usual with Muse, there’s big showmanship too, recalling memories of Depeche Mode and Queen at times. As the track progresses, the guitars become more pronounced, the production values more rounded and the choruses even bigger. It ends in epic fashion, ensuring that it delivers the kind of stadium-rousing finale they have long been associated with. The song is accompanied by an action packed video, which was directed by Lance Drake and features Lauren Wasser. Matt Bellamy said: “When I was writing this song I was looking to counteract the current negativity in the world and give inspiration, optimism and hope to people to fight for the causes they believe in; that as individuals we can choose to change the world if we want to.”
Rating: 4 out of 5

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Royal Blood

ROYAL BLOODHOOK, LINE AND SINKER: Rock sensations Royal Blood turn up the power considerably for new single Hook, Line and Sinker – and continue to impress. Opening amid some crunching guitar riffs and some powerhouse drums, the track then proceeds to deliver the type of offering that fans of everyone from Muse to Kasabian can get behind. The chorus, in particular, may well draw Muse comparisons given the way it adopts falsetto-style vocals and elevates the tempo to some epic, yet still melodic heights. While the verses are delivered with all the indie-rock swagger of bands like Kasabian in their prime. There is, of course, something a little more heavy than either of those bands – more steadfastly rock. But in our opinion, this adds to Royal Blood’s own sense of identity and delivers a punch that’s impossible to ignore. It’s got future anthem written all over it – and is sure to become a live favourite. The guitars, for their part, continue to grow in stature the longer the track lasts, and hit some exhilarating highs of their own. Royal Blood release their eagerly anticipated second album How Did We Get So Dark? on June 16. Expect it to be massive.
Rating: 4 out of 5

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Raye, The Line

RAYETHE LINE: One of the UK’s most hotly tipped newcomers, Raye, has returned with her new single The Line. Co-written by Raye and produced by Fred, The Line boasts plenty of character and features Raye’s unmistakable swagger alongside lyrics about the hassle of club queues on a night out. The singer commented: “Going out clubbing gives you a cold dose of the expectation society has on women. To get into a club you have to kill yourself in heels, drowned in make up with a tight dress, maybe a bit of cleavage will help you out too. Me going as ‘myself’ wearing what I wanted didn’t cut it, you have to fit within the boundaries and expectations put on you. Watching all these casually dressed men waltzing past me in the queue really pissed me off, so I wrote this tune.” The lyrical honesty is eye-opening, but the delivery is what really impresses. This drops a funky horn-like electronic blast and then wraps playful, pop beats around it, building to a big, breezy chorus that eschews some of the more urban elements inherent in the verses in favour of a mainstream-style chorus you can easily get behind. It’s a real crowd-pleaser that looks destined to become a big dance anthem this summer.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Linkin Park

LINKIN PARKSHARP EDGES: Linkin Park may well have been rubbing their heads in disbelief at the mainstream nature of their new material but they’ll be really struggling to identify the nu-metal band of old when they listen to this album track, Sharp Edges. A tender acoustic ballad that wears its sense of unease and vulnerability on its sleeve, this is a highly appealing, effortlessly crowd-pleasing listen that is a million miles away from the gritty edge more commonly associated with this band. If you’re prepared to accept the new sound, however (and based on what we’ve heard so far, we are), then this new chapter is a highly appealing one when taken on its own terms. This is the sort of ballad that could just as easily appeal to fans of Ed Sheeran as it could Justin Timberlake or even One Direction (dare we say). Indeed, it’s the Linkin Park die-hards who lament the move away from nu-metal who may well be the most disappointed. But then again, a whole new fanbase may now beckon.
Rating: 4 out of 5

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Oh Wonder

OH WONDERHEAVY: Oh Wonder have dropped a new track and video from their forthcoming second album, Ultralife in the form of Heavy. The accompanying video was recorded on set in London with photographer Josh Shinner. It painstakingly stitches together 2,665 individual photographs to create the allusion of the British duo dancing within a makeshift colour cube. Heavy is the fourth track to be previewed from Ultralife (released on July 14, 2017 through Island Records), and follows current single Ultralife, Lifetimes and My Friends. As with the previous tracks, there’s something likeable about it, courtesy of the sliding waves of synths, and the relaxed boy-girl vocals that ease into your subconscious. The chorus is appealing, too, dropping a similarly laidback sing-along vibe amid some slick melodies and addictive hooks. It doesn’t set the world on fire and is more of a grower – but it does the job and succeeds in making you listen. A mid-track electronic breakdown is also fun and adds an extra layer of enjoyment.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Embody, Lost & Found

EMBODY feat CLAIRE RIDGELYLOST & FOUND: Lost & Found, the new track from Embody featuring vocals from Claire Ridgely, is described as a pulsating mix of euphoric production juxtaposed with melancholic lyrics. The song itself is about missed opportunity and regret, setting in motion a what if? scenario that has no answers (merely speculation). But while Ridgely’s beautifully delivered vocals have a sense of longing, the accompanying synths and beats have a breezy, electro-pop feel that errs towards the euphoric. It’s the kind of offering that has a lot in common with acts like The Chainsmokers – easygoing hooks, breezy synths and sing-along style choruses. It’s designed to become a big anthem for Embody and could well light up the festival season whenever it’s played (as well as the club circuit, given some of its dance undertones, that feel ripe for remix). London-based producer Embody first released music online in July 2014. Since then, the Italian born producer has had over 45 million plays across his remixes and productions on streaming platforms. He has also remixed some of the biggest names in the industry, including Lana Del Rey, Rudimental and John Newman. With this single, his popularity only looks set to grow.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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