Featuring Crystal Fighters, Foals, Janelle Monae...
Janelle Monae

With a wet & wild weekend firmly behind us, the team at Clash have now suitably settled back into the job at hand…to bring all you lucky summery souls the best releases of the week. Take a break from drowning your sorrows over sporting losses and scrub yourself clean of those dirty voyeuristic tendencies (you know who you are, you BB ogling fools). There are records to be played, dreams to be made, hearts to be broken and much dancing to be done…

Single Of The Week

Janelle Monae – Tightrope

Get used to sure footed Southern gal, Janelle, cause y’all are going to be seeing a great deal more of her from here on in. This bright little bundle of badass Broadway class is going to be, well, massive. With a natty suit, James Brown moves and collaborator in Outkast’s Big Boi, this single is sure to be a summer dancefloor smash. That the album to follow is a concept piece inspired by Fritz Lang’s Metropolis gives a hint at the potentially sublime quirkiness in store. Gaga… someone’s gonna steal your crown and she may well tap dance over all over it.

Crystal Fighters - In the Summer

An upbeat summery confection from Spanish settlers ‘Crystal Fighters’ who served up one of the catchiest singles of last year in ‘I Love London’. With the exuberance of a European ‘Go! Team’ minus the old school stylings, 'In The Summer' opens with a wall of discordant fuzzy electro, propelled along at breathy pace with some Klaxons synths, a rousing chant of a chorus and a lovely little bit of Basque guitar at the end. It’s one for paddling pool shenanigans, water fights and early evening BBQ’s.

Foals – Miami

Despite an incongruous Chris Cunningham influenced technicolour muscle fest of a video, there’s a distinctly 80’s vibe prevalent on this, the second single taken from the new album. Mid era Cure are called to mind as are poppy Postcard funked up bass lines. Intersperse this with some plucky linear guitar and Yannis Philippakis distinctive but increasingly flexible vocal and we have a track that shows some progression yet is probably the weakest on the album. Get the long player and listen in context.

ChkChkChk am/fm

An excursion to Berlin has seen the New York punk funk boys come up with, not the usual Berghain techno habit but instead a fruity flambé of Happy Mondays maracas, percussion and housey piano; with just a little bit of Talking Heads tartness thrown into the mix to set it all on fire. Mmmm, tasty.

Bombay Bicycle Club – Ivy & Gold

The precocious Crouch Enders may barely be out of short trousers (and probably in want of a better name) but they’ve produced another single packed full of boyish charm and sensitive, sweet simplicity. The fragile foursome, led by Jack Steadman and Jamie MacColl (the late Kirsty's nephew and folk legend Ewan’s grandson) provide the perfect Pimm’s soundtrack to a budding summer fling. Go on, we dare you.

Broken Bells – The Ghost Inside

Broken Bells are an American indie rock hookup featuring clever clogs artist–producer Brian Burton (better known as Danger Mouse) and James Mercer, lead vocalist and guitarist from influential Portlanders ‘The Shins’. Simultaneously melodic and melancholic, it’s accomplished, well produced and does what it says on the packet. And the packet says, ‘catchy little tune with handclaps’. Can't argue with that. The video is a sci fi fantasy actioner starring buxom babe Christina Hendricks. Check it out on YouTube…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uX6OFFypM_8

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