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Now Hear This: 16/11/13

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 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 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 our tunes of the week. We hope you enjoy it…

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

Lily Allen – ‘Hard Out Here’

A short think-piece on Lily Allen’s new video: There are dancing bootyshakers, often referred to as ‘twerkers’ (Popular Culture, 2013). Oh, and something about Robin Thicke being a misogynistic pig. This has trolled a lot of online commentators and made them rageface.jpg. I’m just happy that Lily’s baggy pussy is back. If that makes me a total asshole, I guess I can deal with that.-JE

TCTS – ‘These Heights’

This is the sound of our Friday night starting – muffled bass, dreamy, ready for the drop, a little melancholy (it’s been a long week guys). Give it a couple of pints and it’ll go all night. Great things are coming from TCTS…-SL

Kids of the Apocalypse – ‘Empire’

Kicking back with the video for Kids of the Apocalypse’s ‘Empire’ is not unlike sitting through a 2013 Ludovico Technique: you’re bombasted with fantastical images of nature’s beauty and mankind’s monumental constructs (and its ultra-violence). And instead of some dusty old Beethoven, you’ve got epic, breakbeat-backed pop. You’ll love it, veck. -AC

Blood Orange – ‘Champagne Coast’ (Seth Troxler & Subb-an Edit)

It seems like I’m not the only one that has been fanboying Dev Hynes and his Blood Orange project. Where I can only express my unrequited admiration in the form of awkward similes, Seth Troxler and Subb-an have gone one better and released an edit of ‘Champagne Coast’, adding a 4/4 beat and bundles of bromance.-JE

Flume feat. Isabella Manfredi – ‘The Greatest View’

Australia’s producer du jour trades in some of his festival-friendly squelch for this imposing collaboration with The Preatures’ Isabella Manfredi: a towering monolith that reaches skyward and looks down on you with disdain.-AC

Snakadaktal – ‘Fall Underneath’

Welcome to the wet hot Australian tartarus where a bunch of friends relive poolside sounds in a dungeon of teen awkwardness. Snakadaktal show us all that summer romance is bliss but I guess it’s okay to get in trouble when your surname is Cockburn.-PMK

Champs – ‘Savannah’

If your names were Michael and David Champion you’d 100% call your band Champs. Just saying. Anyway, this duo is genuinely one of my favourite things to listen to, and have been for the best part of the last 12 months – it’s the sound of being on a crap English beach at dusk, supping whiskey and arguing with the seaweed… Those priceless moments of idealistically dramatic youth and such.-ALT

Blondes – ‘Andrew’

I had a friend in primary school named Andrew. He was a strange lad who came out with oddest things, though he was clearly very intelligent. Something tells me that if he was a musician, this latest cut from Blondes’ exemplary second album, Swisher, is exactly the sort of music he’d make: skittery, paranoid beats; percolating, bass bleats; breathy, blustery synths. Beauty and madness well-shaken, served for your delight.-AC

Charlotte OC – ‘Hangover’

I’ve been hungover all week this week. TBH, the office is mostly hungover, most weeks. We’re never this beautiful though. More fuzzy. Less clear. More mumbly. This is, of course, blissed-out Rhye-esque soft jams, and unsurprisingly, perfect for hungover bus rides to the office.-SL

DNKL – ‘Hunt’

It’s a second Now Hear This cap for DNKL’s ‘Hunt’. Following our love affair with the track earlier this month, ‘Hunt’ now comes with added visuals, premiered this week by our friends at The Line of Best Fit. Rowing by night, treading barefoot on crisp autumn leaves, veiled maidens standing solemnly in a thick mist: it’s every bit as beautiful as its musical impetus.-AC

Jermainesoul – ‘Time Waits’ (Message to Bears remix)

Picture yourself standing in the middle of a rainstorm, a million droplets of water dappling down every inch of your being. That’s exactly how it feels listening to Message to Bears’ serene remix of Jermainesoul’s ‘Time to Wait’: as pitter-pattering synths fall all around, a series of elegiac piano chords strike out a rich melodic core. Blissful, but with enough energy to make you feel very much alive.-AC

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