Single of the Week heads across the Channel...

Don’t blame us for the sudden onslaught of three-minute scorchers that comprises this week’s Singles Round Up – it’s almost summer and there’s fun to be had.

Okay, so The Horrors’ return may not exactly conjure up images of sombreros and Sangria, and as for three minutes, try nearer nine. Nonetheless, it’s still left us anticipating a great return to form.

And speaking of comeback singles, it’s onwards with this week’s track by track round up.

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Single Of The Week

Phoenix – ‘ 1901’
Opening with a synth line so grimy it’d have Daft Punk dipping their robo helmets into a barrel of icy Evian, ‘1901’ instantly opens full throttle with a tide of spiky Stratocaster stabs, with the Parisian retro-poppers deploying their boldest three minutes yet. Had The Strokes grown up whizzing around the Med on Vespas to the strains of Air’s ‘Kelly Watch The Stars’, this would be a likely result. And it’s free from their website as of now. Un retour bienvenu!

Get ‘1901’ for free at Phoenix’s official website, HERE.

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Also out today…

The Horrors – ‘Sea Within A Sea’
Talking of comebacks, we’re not sure when The Horrors made the leap from Cramps-loving Hoxton ghouls to reigning doom masterminds, but ‘Sea Within A Sea’ is on another level from past efforts. The hypnotic, art house openings sound like The Doors daubed in black paint, all discordant guitar echoes and low-slung double bass plucks, before the mammoth synths come crashing in. Four minutes, and they’re weaving around, constructing a towering assault of dark electronic surges that build and built. Mesmerising stuff.

Read our preview of The Horrors’ new album ‘Primary Colours’ HERE. ‘Sea Within A Sea’ is downloadable for free via The Horrors’ MySpace.

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The Horrors – ‘Sea Within A Sea’

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Fever Ray – ‘When I Grow Up’
Weekend supplements may have been chock-full of La Roux Boots ‘n’ Bull Kids since the New Year, but if Fever Ray is anything to go by, 2009’s true downbeat electro visionary may have landed already. Karin Elisabeth Dreijer Andersson (also of icy electro manglers The Knife) continues crafting eerily dazzling soundbites, and this is no exception. Cue a whrlwind of (probably justified) Björk comparissons.

1990s – ‘59’
The last time we clapped eyes on 1990s they were unleashing three-minute glam stompers about getting trashed in Pollokshields – a notable cause, of course – and as ‘59’ proves, the Glasgow outfit are still in it for the kicks. This Bernard Butler-produced number may be their attempt at a disco-riffing ballad, but in true 1990s style, the never-ending comic one-liners are liable to leave you chuckling all the way to the dancefloor, quite probably as they did.

Doves – ‘Kingdom Of Rust’
A taster for their new album of the same name, ‘Kingdom Of Rust’ may not stray too far from where the sterling Manc trio left off last time round, but why would they need to? A slow-building, skiffle-led, heart on sleeve highlight, with John Leckie throwing xylophones into the mix for good measure. Less a return to form than a prolonged assault of greatness.

Read our review of the ‘Kingdom Of Rust’ album HERE; exclusive interview content with Doves will be available on later this week.

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Doves – ‘Kingdom Of Rust’

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Peter Bjorn & John – ‘Nothing To Worry About’
Sweden’s best export since Dime bars return with another three minutes of kooky pop, leaving their largely instrumental stop-gap effort ‘Seaside Rock’ sounding like a trio grappling their way from three-day studio sprees with a new selection marked ‘fans’. Like ‘Writer’s Block’ cut ‘Amsterdam’ re-worked by a choir of Harajuku Girls, it’s a leftfield blast that’s bound to sound a whole lot better when the sun finally rears its head.

Read our exclusive PB&J feature HERE and our review of new album 'Living Thing' HERE.

Detroit Social Club – ‘Sunshine People’
A heady concoction of towering blues, gospel and big beat, ‘Sunshine People’ rattles out of the tweeters sounding not unlike Tom Meighan leading The Brian Jonestown Massacre through a stomping blues battle cry.

Jack Penate – ‘Tonight’s Today’
Reinvention of the most unexpected variety, this dub-inflected high-NRG dance number from the Man Previously Known As The Epitome Of Mediocrity expresses an effervescence absent on its maker’s debut album of 2007, ‘Matinee’. Its world music overtones do rather serve to tick broadsheet appreciation boxes – Damon no doubt approves – but ‘Tonight’s Today’ bobs to a newfound beat that implies Jack’s sophomore long-player of later this year could be quite the treat. MD

Chew Lips – ‘Solo’
Londoners attracting a heady buzz, Chew Lips are a hot name to drop for good reasons: this single combines a balanced blend of beats and bleeps with a thumping chorus and female pipes that come across like Beth Ditto suffering a bout of introspection, lo-fi stylings brought to fruition through purpose rather than necessity. It’s absolutely the sound of now, to ears well versed in what’s tickling new band editors’ fancies; what that means for Chew Lips’ chances come tomorrow, who knows. But live for the moment and this’ll serve as a suitable soundtrack. MD

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Additional words: Mike Diver
Photo: Phil Knott


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