The Time Out mixtape
The week's best new music, fresh every Friday
Fri Aug 30 2013
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Obits – 'Taste the Diff'
Remember when The Strokes were good? Obits are that good, or possibly even better. Also from New York, they're about to release their third album ('Bed & Bugs'), which is the point at which The Strokes had started their ongoing downward spiral. It doesn't look like Obits will be going that way – not if 'Taste the Diff' is anything to go by, anyway. It's a sneering, kick-ass indie-punk storm which probably doesn't have anything to do with Sainsbury's 'Taste the Difference' range – although it does offer extra value, dying down at the two-and-a-half-minute mark and then launching back into a final 60 seconds of thrashing garage punk. 'Bed & Bugs' is out on Sub Pop on September 9.
Bondax – 'Giving It All'
Channelling the soulful, vocal house of the ’90s and firing on both barrels, this is the latest track from Bondax. Like the Lawrence brothers of Disclosure, Bondax's Adam Kaye and George Townsend have been making high-class dance music together since they were too young to actually go to clubs – they're still shy of 20. Unlike the UK garage-obsessed Lawrences (and despite being signed to Relentless, formerly home of Artful Dodger and So Solid Crew), Bondax are more into juicy 2-step bass grooves and R&B vocals. Watch out for these two: the charts beckon.
Money – 'Hold Me Forever'
If you haven't heard of Money, then it's time to listen up. It's quite possible, though, that you may have heard of them when they were called Books, or Youth, or Kunst, or Méké Menété – they've changed their name several times since they formed in 2010, but they seemed to have settled on Money for the release of their brilliant debut album 'The Shadow of Heaven'. They've gained a reputation as intellectuals, too, as a result of quoting philosophers on their Facebook page and saying that they're more influenced by ideas than by music. Whether you buy into that or not, their drift-and-fade, rise-and-fall approach to songwriting is something special: 'Hold Me Forever' is a butterfly of a song, fragile and beautiful but flying high. And that's even without the video, a beautiful thing directed by actor Cillian Murphy and focussing softly on dancers from the English National Ballet. 'Lovely' is a much-abused word, but this is just that.
Ballet School – 'Heartbeat Overdrive'
Speaking of ballet: here's Ballet School, a British band living in Berlin who have only been together since December, but who are already sounding as tight as you like. 'Heartbeat Overdrive' is their first single for Bella Union, and it's a thing of pulsing glory that sounds like an R&B remix of Kate Bush covering Cocteau Twins. It's just a shame John Hughes isn't around any more to build a film around it. Ballet School play The Shacklewell Arms on August 23 – sign up for a free ticket here.
Fyfe – 'Conversations' (Fryars Remix)
The arena-style applause that London artist Fryars has added to the beginning and end of 'Conversations' – a track by Paul Dixon, now Fyfe and formerly David's Lyre – isn't so much an ironic joke about a new artist as, perhaps, the shape of things to come. Dixon sounds a tiny bit like Justin Timberlake, and although his productions are weird, spacy things, there's an irresistible R&B groove within each one which could propel him into the big leagues. Ben Garrett of Fryars has messed things about further with his remix, vocally speaking, but his addition of a hyperactive rhythm track suggests that Dixon has enough soul and rhythm to sound smooth under any circumstances. Basically, this is one hell of a summer jam. Download it for free from Fyfe's Facebook page.
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