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:
‘Whitenite’s ‘Swaggatron’: So new that a final mix hasn’t even been done yet, but here’s a radio rip of South African producer. It’s a neck-snappingly funky, HudMo-esque crunkin’ bass take on neo-soul, topped by Ms Amnesia’s eloquent, irrereverent rhymes that bristle with attitude.’ Alexi Duggins
whiteNite & Ms. Amnesia – Swaggatron2000 (Rinse FM Radio Rip) by whiteNite
‘Rustie’s ‘Ultra Thizz’: A preview of the Glaswegian producer’s hotly anticipated ‘Glass Swords’ debut LP (due out on October 10), this is a bedazzling, prog-house treat. Set at a deranged, euphoric gallop and featuring ricocheting synths, fractured melodies and what sounds like Auto-tuned chipmunks, it’s proof that the Rustie hype is entirely justified.’ Sharon O’Connell. Listen at warp.net.
‘Clock Opera’s (above) ‘Lesson No.7’: Guy Connelly and co are about to release their most delectably dark, synth-addled tunes yet. Their new EP ‘Lesson No.7′ (Moshi Moshi/Island, Oct 3) is a cacophony of escalating guitars set against throbbing bass lines, choppy samples and Connelly’s bewitchingly doleful, Maccabees-esque vocals.’ Danielle Goldstein
Clock Opera – Lesson No. 7 (Full Version) by clockopera
‘Neon Indian’s Hex Girlfriend: Bleep-beep-beep, squiggly-squiggles… could this be an insterstellar transmission? Are alien life forms attempting contact? Nah. It’s just the intro to Alan Palomo’s latest woozy synth-pop odyssey. This is a reassuringly reverbed cut, full of feel-good vibes and the promise that his second album ‘Era Extraña’ (out Monday) will be just as loveable as his first. And Neon Indian play Heaven on November 16. Great news.” Kim Taylor Bennett
Hex Girlfriend by MGMTNeonIndian