Issue 51 – Cross Section Album

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Listen up and listen deep! These be the sounds that make the latest issue of Clash Magazine tick.

These rhythms have become ours and the melodies have driven our fingers to tap and swirl to make this historical artifact. Or, in more simple terms: we fucking love these bands and want your love too. Twelve free songs for your ears. Take ’em for a dance and see how they move.

Summer’s here but the music’s gone dark. Weird but it happens. From Faust’s seething industrial tones to Trentemøller’s organic plummet. From Jahcoozi’s deep skank to Perfume genius baring his soul on his weeping sleeves. Here’s a summer album you’ll never forget – just listen to it outside. Think of your tan eh?

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Chrome Hoof ‘Crystalline’ (Southern Records)

This band of disco doom mongers used to be mental. They still are! Though blending slightly more cohesive vocals their new material is an aural assault that’s uniquely addictive. Leo and brother Milo smee’s amorphous tastes means an unpredictable and violent journey.

These New Puritans ‘Orion’ (XL)

signature tribal rhythms with urgent drum beats meet simplistic, monastic style chanting and spoken word. This is canned drama, f t for a king, not a puritan. and the creepy Pink Floyd-esque childrens voices at the end give the track its kookiness.

The Black Keys ‘Tighten Up (Remix)’ (V2/Cooperative Music)

If The Drums can do it, so can The Black Keys: whistle, that is. Only at the beginning of the song in this case. With its infectious snaky rhythms, this track is bound to get you doing your thing. a more subtle attempt from the purveyors of classic american blues rock.

Lorn ‘Cherry Moon’ (Ninja Tune)

Dark new act residing on this ever consistent label of crucial beats. Lorn is an american who prefers the dark side. after we asked really nicely he allowed us to use ‘cherry Moon’, but the rest of his album is as challenging as we like: dancing complexities.

Faust ‘Feed The Greed’ (Klangbad)

Towering, industrial with snaking blackness, Faust are back and they’re playing footie with souls. These original krautrock legends have had more albums than most of you have had birthdays, so it’s an honour to present such legends alongside the freshness contained herein.

Jahcoozi ‘Barefoot Dub’ (Bpitch Control)

Mutant dubs here as Berlin melts down inf uences and Jahcoozi downs them with a smile and a skank. Parts reggae, pop, dancehall, R‘n’B and dubstep, Berlin’s like nowhere else and this trio sound like no-one else too. Fiya dem riddems in yer ’pod!

Perfume Genius ‘Mr. Petersen’ (Organs/Turnstile)

Mike Hadreas has been through the mill. childhood experiences of death, abuse and addiction are all just now coming out in his music. and he’s stacked his debut album in order of them emerging from his heart so you get a fascinating genealogy of pain. We aren’t weird. Honest!

The Middle East ‘The Darkest Side’ (Chess Club)

Tissues at the ready, for this one’s a tearjerker. sounds like Thom Yorke, Elliott smith and the many tortured souls all rolled into one fat, tender joint of acoustic simplicity. But the layered male/female vocals add an extra dimension to the track.

Isan ‘Channel 10’ (Morr)

Sweeping melodic electronics are the order of the day and what a dish served by these veteran IDM minds. ‘channel 10’ takes the wide scree splendour of Kraftwerk’s ‘autobahn’ and adds a gentle and restrained twist. Completely lush and deliciously understated.

Trentemøller ‘Sycamore Feeling (Trentemøller Edit)’ (In My Room)

Imagine UNKLE tapping up Ennio Morricone for a jam with Portishead and you aren’t far off Trentemøller’s engaging new direction. again, it’s got a blackened soul in parts, as is the vogue of this issue of clash it seems. Melancholia rocks. Stay sad!

Surfer Blood ‘Swim’ (Kanine)

Summer is here, it’s official. And what better way to celebrate than with a large helping of surf-pop, courtesy of new kids on the block, Surfer Blood. Big, echoey vocals, frat boy sing-alongs and tropical guitar hooks, this track is like california immortalised in song. Sweet, dude.

We Are Scientists ‘Rules Don’t Stop’ (Masterswan)

We Are Scientists have got a brand spanking new album out, and what a triumphant return it is, with tracks like this one showing the boys have still got it. A haunting keyboard intro quickly morphs into Keith Murray’s charming and recognisable voice. Catchy.

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