Kelis – Jerk Ribs
When we first heard the leaked title of this track (Call On Me) and remembered Kelis’s new foray into euro-dance heaven, we were about to send a hit squad out toward Eric Prydz. Mercifully it’s Dave Sitek who appears to be on this new material from Her Royal Milkshake, a laid-back affair that’s actually called Jerk Ribs and seems more appropriate for the garden than the dance floor. We like it.
Snakehips – On & On
Tell you what, the R&B spring/summer collection is looking pretty solid these days, helped no less by perfect 90s infusions. Snakehips’ On & On is the best kind of throwback, with an added layer of video-game glitch beats to complement George Maple’s instantly endearing vocal.
Parnell Page – War
We’ve tracked London duo Parnell Page for a while – as they steadily graft their way through small gigs in the capital, so do their EPs find more form and identity. Their latest, War, is by far the best yet. The title track is a haunting, moving wonder, much like the rest of the album – besides, you can never have too many covers of Wicked Game (especially when meshed with Blue Jeans).
Miss Li – Dancing in the Dark
Speaking of Wicked Game and Blue Jeans, Scandi-pop songstress Miss Li’s Dancing in the Dark owes a debt to both, as well as her fellow countrywoman/namesake Lykke. It’s very promising stuff from the fledgling; this and her song Russian Roulette are laden with potential.
Beacon – Drive
We’ve been huge fans of electronic set Beacon since their nocturnal stunner Feeling’s Gone. While their debut album, The Ways We Separate, is somewhat a disappointment, there are moments of genuine ambient-dance bliss. Drive, below, shows what the duo are capable of on a good day; a pity it couldn’t extend much further for now.
Folly & The Hunter – Moth in the Porchlight
Is it still called Americana if it’s Canadian? Either way, Folly & the Hunter make such amiable indie-folk it’s hard to dislike them. Moth in the Porchlight is the best advertisement for their album Tragic Care – more of this will see them grow into something rather wonderful.
Daughn Gibson – The Sound of Law
If we could make love to a voice, it would probably be that of Daughn Gibson. The erstwhile trucker brings his gravelly vocals back for a new album, following the sterling effort of his first. The Sound of Law seems to be taking a direction akin to John Grant’s Pale Green Ghosts, and there are a lot of similarities between the two voices and style of blues. Regardless, The Sound of Law is a slightly more jovial Gibson, if no less seductive.