Singles Round Up - February 8th

With The Bamboos, Dj Zinc, Calvin Harris, Kasabian
The Bamboos
This week's single release come at us from all angles. Kasabian threaten, The Bamboos get down, Dj Zinc teams up with Ms Dynamite, Helping Haiti has it's heart in the right place, Fearless Vampire Killers step out into the spotlight and Calvin Harris thinks he's a songwriter.

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The Bamboos feat. Kylie Auldist - On The Sly



Taken from their excellent new album, '4', 'On The Sly' sees regular contributor Kylie Auldist step up and match the boys' funky strutting with a sassy, classy delivery. Firm favourites with those who enjoy their classic take on funk, they deserve wider acclaim with this kind of quality material.

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Calvin Harris - You Used To Hold Me



The fourth single from his 'Ready For The Weekend' album, if you hate him, you'll hate this. If you love him, you'll love this. Me? Well, it's a lightweight bit of dance pop fluff that makes Satan's imminent appearance on Earth possible, and even desirable.

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Dj Zinc feat. Ms Dynamite - 'Wile Out'



Ms Dynamite-tee-hee's piss poor comeback after her great 'A Little Deeper' début album always felt like a real missed opportunity. I thought she'd gone off to have babies (fair enough) but here she is, showing her form once more on Dj Zinc's 'Wile Out'. If this is here on the comeback trail, she's going about it the right way.

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Kasabian - Vlad The Impaler



A bit of an unnecessary single release from their 'West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum' album, especially as it was given away free before the album came out back in 2009. Highlighting my niggle with the band, it all SOUNDS great, huge fuzzy bassline, garage organ, pounding beat, until Tom let's loose with "All my friends are sharp as razors / Cut you down if you touch the fader". Still the video has Noel Fielding and is directed by The I.T. Crowd's Richard Ayoade.

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Fearless Vampire Killers - I Am Gonna Leave You


[No video for this one but you can hear 'I Am Gonna Leave you' on the band's MySpace HERE]

London quintet Fearless Vampire Killers find time, between running their 'Ballet Of Teeth' club night, to put their manifesto down on wax with Idlewild, Placebo, Charlatans producer Paul Tipler. A taut, entertaining blast it is too. Just over three minutes of harmonious, spiky indie pop with one eye on theatrics, these guys present the whole package.

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Helping Haiti - Everybody Hurts



Okay, this is the all-star charity cover of R.E.M.'s 'Everybody Hurts'. I don't want to come off like a cold hearted, cynical music hack so i'll just say, please donate to the DEC Haiti Earthquake fund by visiting this site HERE.

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