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Now Hear This: 05/10/13

We’re not really about lists. We like longform interviews and in-depth analysis; wordy think-pieces and lengthy reports. But that’s partly because we’re music-loving writers and there’s nothing we love more than the sound of a keyboard clacking satisfyingly with the sound of our own thoughts. Hey, at least we’re honest. We also know that not everyone that reads the site is up for 1200 meaty words on an artist’s development; some of you are here to get a for a quick bite of musical brilliance, so we’ve decided to institute a new weekly feature: Now Hear This. Harking back to TV’s Top of the Pops, we’re pulling together a list of 10 tracks that we think are worthy of your time, or have received a terrifying amount of airplay on our office stereo. Old hits, fresh tracks, must-see-videos and obscure classics: Now Hear This is where we offer up ten of our tunes of the week. We hope you enjoy it…

[Words: Alex Cull (AC), James Embiricos (JE), Seb Law (SL), 'Pablo' Moya Kettell (PMK)]

TURTLE – ‘Who Knows’

Underpinned by rustling beats and dream-like synths, this woozy, after-hours ballad from Glaswegian singer and producer Jon Cooper is perfect for late-night bus rides when the rest of the world is tucked up in bed. You can almost hear the moonrays beaming down upon its isolated figure, romantically leading you into the arms of sleep.-AC

Kelela – ‘Keep it Cool’

Imagine a world in 80 years’ time when we go for after-work drinks with friends, colleagues and robots alike. Things get messy and you’ve been seduced by Jenny T900202; the admin assistant who’s now making mechanical whirrings in your lonely apartment but it’s okay because she makes you happy. Excellent vocals, excellent production, worth every kilobite.-PMK

Jensen Sportag – ‘Rain Code’

Another week, another gem from the fine folk over at Cascine. We’re dead excited about Stealth of Days, the debut album from Nashville duo Jensen Sportag, and ‘Rain Code’ only continues to prove us right. Sensuous, trippy, incidental and, most importantly, downright loveable. Oh, and it’s tagged on Soundcloud as ‘difficult easy listening’: amazing.-AC

Holly Walker – ‘Hurt Me’

Opening with a lounge piano and soft drum brushes, this stunning (and that’s a word I don’t like to use often) track is from young and prodigiously talented Londoner Holly Walker. It blends clever lyrics with a beautiful sense of cinematic drama, and herals what is sure to be a gorgeously spine-tingling debut album.-SL

Crown Estate – ‘Battlesbridge’

Motorik krautrock? Dream-pop sweetness? Velvets-inspired gem? The debut single from transatlantic musical duo Crown Estate is all three and so much more. Bubbling along on driving rhythms, glistening synths take you higher and higher until you’re looking down on the city below in a state of perpetual wonder.-AC

The Juan Maclean – ‘Feel Like Movin”

As we all stick on an extra layer and shorts lie at the back of the wardrobe to be mothballed for another year, so dance music moves back into dark clubs from the sunshine fields. This euphorically good-times inducing piano-house-electro track is your perfect transition into a cooler season.-SL

New Navy – ‘Regular Town’ (Chris Baio remix)

For the record, there’s nothing run-of-the-mill whatsoever about Chris Baio’s tropical reworking of New Navy’s ‘Regular Town’. It sees the Vampire Weekend man dabbling with flourishes of calypso, groovesome bass and enough sun-drenched bliss to make you forget – however briefly – that summer is long-gone.-AC

Pusha T – ‘King Push’

Earlier this week, Pusha T gave Myspace their highest hit count since 2006 with a stream of My Name Is My Name. Swamped by an influx of selfie nostalgia, the site managed to crash before I got past the first track. Fortunately, that first track is the awesome ‘King Push’, featuring a re-hashed ‘New Slaves’ sample (sadly not produced by Joaquin Phoenix).-JE

Sivu – ‘I Lost Myself’

A darkly delicious slice of piano-tinged electronic croonery. ‘I Lost Myself’, the latest single from the now Atlantic-signed Sivu, as you might suspect from its title, ponders drug and alcohol culture. But don’t let that put you off: exemplary songwriting saves this from any notions of overwrought drudgery. Instead, it might just make you take a long, hard look in the mirror.-AC

Courtney Barnett – ‘Avant Gardener’

Meandering, sun-kissed guitar psych is the order of the day in this cut from Australia’s Courtney Barnett. ‘Avant Gardener’ – yeah, we’re not 100% on that title either – is all about the open road: the endless possibilities, the thrill of the unknown and the not knowing where you’ll rest your head each night.-AC



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