Welcome to another run down of some of my favourite tracks over the past week.
After their collaboration on ‘Crimewave’ it was pretty much a no-brainer for HEALTH to list Crystal Castles amongst the artists contributing to their upcoming second remix album DISCO 2. The ‘Eat Flesh’ remix is a gritty, meandering number which takes elements of each act and combines them superbly to for a very special end product.
The Coral will always have a soft spot in my heart having been the first band I ever saw live. ‘Butterfly House’ is a melodic and harmonised sound from the Merseysiders, a sound which has always served them well amidst the more busy sound of other tracks. The track is a preview to the bands new album of the same name and is downloadable from their website now.
‘XXXO’ follows more of a conventional format than previously previewed single ‘Born Free’. Some have been quick to judge and comparisons with Lady Gaga seem rife for some unbeknown reason. I’d say ‘XXXO’ is more comparable to most of M.I.A’s earlier work on Arula and Kala, although the track feels much more structured and self-aware than anything previous.
Mark Ronson, collaborator extrodinaire, is back, but probably not exacly how you’d expect. Ronson’s upcoming new album Record Collection won’t feature any covers like his last. ‘Circuit Breaker’ is the first taste of original Ronson in quite a while and it’s rather an acquired taste. Sort of like sour sweets, they’re odd at first but you can’t stop eating them and before you know it they’re all gone. ‘Circut Breaker’ is an 8-bit delight which features a brilliantly synchronised video to suit.