Arctic Monkeys - "Leave Before The Lights Come On"
The Newell Octet - "Baby I'm Yours"
Review: A brand new studio recording of the now live smash "Leave Before The Lights Come On" shows Alex Turner and gang further honing their songwriting craft with a track which could well turn out to be one of their finest.
Review: Also a member of Real Estate, Ducktails mainman Matt Mondanile explores a more dreamlike and impressionistic mindset with Ducktails; despite their being initially co-opted into the journo-created world of 'hypnagogic pop', Ducktails have always been a band with a distinctly indie mindset, beaming post-C86 guitar chime through a prism of summery abstraction to create a radiant wash of sound as melancholic as it is beguiling. 'St. Catherine' forms by far the most assured and well-crafted statement this winning and winsome talent has created thus far; leaving generic tags behind, this is simply a collection of irresistable songs rendered with soft-focus taste and heavy-lidded charm.
Review: A collaboration between Franz Ferdinand and Todd Terje? Not the most obvious of partnerships, but it certainly works. Franz Ferdinand's post-punk tendencies get extended and polished with Nordic cosmic charm and the result are two timeless, dubbed out exercises in deep funk. "Evil Eye" looks up to the sky with euphoric stomps and wistful synth licks while "Stand On The Horizon" cuts loose with more of an angular swagger. A really interesting departure for Franz Ferdinand, Todd Terje and Domino.
Review: Having made their name as modern-day aesthetes with a series of records that meld the cerebral and the physical with style, 'Boy King' appears to be the point in which the Will Beasts allow their id to run rampant in a way befitting their name. Recorded in Dallas with producer John Congleton (St. Vincent) it shows them heading towards a notably more aggressive, electronic and masculine sound, at once influenced by the binary thump of Nine Inch Nails and the sonic brinksmanship of 'Yeezus' era Kanye West. Odder still, this gamble has more than paid off, and 'Boy King' is the sound of the band at their most vibrant and persuasive.