Those on Time Out’s music desk get to listen to lots of exclusive tracks before everyone else. Which means they are wise and, like the tunes they choose, well worth listening to. This is what they’ll be blasting out of the stereo this week:
Joan As Policewoman – ‘Chemmie’: Ms Wasser wraps her sinuous vocal – equal parts Carole King and k.d. lang – around a slightly retro slice of Philly soul, in an ode to the familiar and frequent triumph of lust over logic.’ Sharon O’Connell.
Summer Camp (above) – ‘Better Off Without You’: ‘My favourite Polaroid popsters – whom Tyler, The Creator, recently bigged up on Twitter – kill it with their latest twinkling single about a loser boyfriend. We’ve all had ’em: that guy your friends hate so much they threw a toga party when you dumped his ass.’ Kim Taylor Bennett. Listen at gorillavsbear.net.
New Villager – ‘Black Rain’: ‘Electro-pysch might just about be the acceptable face of psych. But ‘Black Rain’ shows that when you add in bloopy computer game-ish synths, summery bass bounce and wonky piano, the genre becomes downright embraceable.’ Alexi Duggins. Listen at myspace.com/newvillager.
X-Press 2 – ‘This is War’: ‘Remember David Byrne’s brilliant deadpan vocals on club-filler ‘Lazy’? Well those X-Press 2 fellas are finally back after a 6 year gap and what a return. Doll from Doll and The Kicks holler Grace Jones-stylee over their relentlessly erratic, dance-heavy beats. Released this week (July 20), get it while it’s hot.’ Danielle Goldstein. Listen at soundcloud.com.
Kanye West/Jay-Z – ‘Otis’: ‘It takes a special kind of confidence – namely the gold-plated-brass-neck kind – to build an entire track out of vocal samples from Otis Redding at his most furiously magnificent. The fact that West and Z get away with it bodes well for their droolingly-awaited collaboaritve album ‘Watch the Throne’, out in 2 weeks.’ Eddy Lawrence. Listen at lifeandtimes.com/otis.