Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Listening post: Four very good new songs

There's a ton of good new music floating around at the moment, which is good, given that this is the time of year usually reserved for novelty records and second albums from bands-who-haven't-quite-lived-up-to-expectations.

First up, we have Everything Everything, with a reswizzled version of their sparkly electropop song My Keys, Your Boyfriend.

You might have heard it before, because it was doing the rounds at the end of last year, when the Manchester quartet made the BBC's Sound Of 2010 list. The new version has a new, bigger-budget video, but there's no escaping the fact that the lead singer Jonathan Everything (not his real name, I suspect) looks like an extra from a Guy Ritchie cage-fighting documentary.

Everything Everything - My Kz Ur Bf

Next up, a thumping, Robyn-esque track from Swedish warbler Rosanna.

Built around a huge sample from Siouxsie And The Banshee's Kiss Them For Me, it will literally knock your boots off.

Rosanna - Waterfalls

Waterfalls happens to be the first release on a new record label set up by the Grandaddy of all pop blogs, Popjustice. Bankrolled by Virgin, Popjustice Hi-Fi it looks like it'll be a boutique label in the mode of Neon Gold - with a similarly excellent rosta of artists and singles.

Their second release will be Love Part II, a slyly catchy nugget of synthpop from songwriter extraordinare Rod Thomas. He's remixed Kelis (amazing), written with Nerina Pallot (amazing x2) and named his pop persona after a line from The Gremlins (amazing x ∞).

Bright Light Bright Light aren't putting their single out 'til September, but you can have a listen here and now.

Bright Light Bright Light - Love Part II

Finally, here's the new video from Northern Irish indie kids Two Door Cinema Club. Their kinetic guitar chops trigger nostalgia for my teenage radio show in Belfast (I'm sure the "hilarious" audio clips will make their way onto the site someday).

The programme was supposed to be aimed at trendy, NME-reading students - this was the era of The Charlatans and the Stone Roses - but I stupidly insisted on playing George Michael's Too Funky every week. My infinitely-better-qualified co-presenter would have loved Two Door Cinema Club and I would have been sniffy about them.

In 2010, I can admit I was wrong.

Two Door Cinema Club - Come Back Home

So there you go.

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