New Music Friday: When it’s time to put Andrew WK at the top of the playlist it’s time to put Andrew WK at the top of the playlist hard

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Notes on this week’s releases:

  • Sometimes when we listen to Andrew WK we think “hold on this sort of music is absolutely brilliant” so then we go and listen to some other stuff in a similar vein and it’s always an awful fucking racket. Literally always. Where are they keeping all the good sort-of-metal? Is it in a secret place? Or is there really nothing else like this? And do you think proper rock people feel this way about pop music? Do you think they hear something pop that somehow lines up with qualities they enjoy in their day-to-day listening, or they hear the best of the absolute best — like, they hear a Robyn single — and they go “maybe I’ll give pop another try!”, but then they end up listening to Up by Olly Murs and Demi Lovato and then that’s it for another three years? And then after a while they’ll hear Bad Romance or something and they’ll give the old pop thing another go, but the first thing they hear is ‘The Vamps and Matoma’?
  • CHVRCHES miss out on their second Song Of The Week in a row due to, once again, betraying the most holy tenet of New Music Friday.
  • Tracey Thorn‘s entire album is fantastic but the Shura ‘collab’ we’ve selected for this week’s playlist is just absurdly amazing.
  • The Alma EP is worth a listen. It’s nothing extraordinary, much as we and it seems everyone else would like it to be, but there are some good moments.
  • Gorgon City have released what is, to all intents and purposes, a novelty single. (It’s about 65% brilliant.)
  • MNEK‘s new single is really interesting, partly because it totally changes pace halfway through and becomes absolutely tremendous, and partly because having apparently (?) jettisoned ideas of having a hit single he’s freed himself creatively to make something really unusual which in turn stands out from almost everything else out there, which IN TURN might actually stand a chance of being a hit. Whatever a hit is these days. Why can’t it be like the olden days when iPods were made out of wood and New Music Friday involved having to walk three miles in order to listen to someone singing on a hill?
  • As you’d expect the Jack White song, which sounds like The Darkness, is hilarious.

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New Music Friday: Kim Petras releases her first superstar single

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Notes on this week’s popular music efforts:

  • Following last week’s excellent Monsters it’s two-for-two in the whole ‘Saara Aalto gradually unveils the three songs she’s putting forward for Eurovision’ escapade. This one’s a simile-strewn semiballad about a wrecking ball hitting a domino, although surely the whole thing about the ‘falling like a domino’ image is that dominos famously fall quite easily and therefore wouldn’t require heavy duty shoving equipment?
  • The week’s best song comes from Kim Petras, who officially hit superstar status on January 25 with the release of the Faded video and is currently in the position of twiddling her thumbs while she waits for the rest of the world to catch up.
  • Hannah Jane Lewis has released a sparky new single called Aftershock, which is a tribute to everyone’s favourite morning tipple.
  • As usual Tracey Thorn is brilliant.
  • The new Chainsmokers single has some nice bits in it. Sick Boy, their last track, was quite interesting as well. Do you think that by the time their next album’s out they might have transformed into something fairly excellent? Look we’re just throwing ideas around here, nothing’s set in stone.
  • Fuck knows what’s happening in the new SOPHIE song.
  • And finally Muse have got a hilarious new single out. WATCH OUT GUYS THERE’S SOME THOUGHT CONTAGION!! Thank God Muse are here to make sense of the world!!! “Hey but they put on a great show, you should really see them live” — no we shouldn’t, they’ll just play a load of Muse songs.

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Tracey Thorn – “Queen” Video

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Tracey Thorn, formerly one half of Everything But The Girl, has a new record called Record coming out. Her first solo album of original songs since 2010’s Love And Its Opposite, the LP will arrive in March, and today she’s sharing lead single “Queen” and its Carol Morley-directed video. “It’s a great opener for … More »