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Now Hear This: 09/02/14

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).]

Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX – ‘Fancy’

For those of you looking for a weekend with a gyrate factor of 10, here’s Iggy Azalea with another slice of derriere-centric dirtee pop. In the words of the raucous Aussie herself: “Trash the hotel, let’s get drunk from the minibar. Make the phone call, feels so good getting what I want.” If Kendrick Lamar was looking to put the pussy on a pedestal, Azalea – with a little help from the ever-brilliant Charli XCX – drops enough bragaddocio here to do it for herself.-AC

Klaxons – ‘There Is No Other Time’

Remember the Klaxons? Well, they’re back and that alone is enough to get us reminiscing for the days of Casio keyboard presets and brightly coloured drainpipes. Maybe I’m just stuck in a nu-rave time warp, but if this is the myth of the near future we were promised in 2006, it all just seems a little disappointing. Klaxons nevertheless.-JE

Annie ft. Bjarne Melgaard – ‘Russian Kiss’

In our infinite need to offer written pats on the back to our favourite artists, were Notion to have an awards show, it’d probably be called the Annies. Just in time for the Sochi Winter Olympics, our favourite Norwegian songstress drops a rather wonderful anti-Putin anthem that finds itself halfway between the Berlin underground and the autobahn.-AC

Indiana – ‘Solo Dancing’

Nottingham’s Indiana has been going from strength to strength over the course of the past year with each subsequent single only whetting our appetites further. If ‘Solo Dancing’ – a pristine slice of meandering post-club neo-soul, all hard snare hits, percolating synths and needle-thread vocals – is anything to go by, the best is still yet to come.-AC

SLK – ‘Be’

Earlier this week I ventured down to the Borderline to catch SLK’s debut London performance – a brief affair that gave us a hint at what’s to come for the silky songstress, but it was ‘Be’ that reminded us just why this is the year for female alt-R&B vocals. Not to mention a warped kudos to Embody for sending us all into a bubbling trance once again.-JE

Gallant – ‘Forfeit’

It’s another hook-up with Felix Snow for our favourite Snapchat-loving, LA-based vocalist Gallant. Serving as a further tantalising glimpse of his long-awaited Zebra EP, ‘Forfeit’ gives up nothing in its pursuit of crackly, champagne-in-the-bus-stop RnB. -AC

Dansson & Marlon Hoffstadt – ‘Shake That’ (Blonde Remix)

Ah, how cruel it feels to share this one with you when the best of the weekend is already passed. Here, Eton Messy’s Blonde brings the bigtime feel good factor to Dansson and Marlon Hoffstadt’s aptly-titled ‘Shake That’: all cylical pianos, party-starting vocals and a beat that just won’t give up in its eternal quest to throw you into the strangest of shapes.-AC

Pink Mountaintops – ‘North Hollywood Microwaves’

Never again will you hear the words “Rod Stewart and me at the hospital/getting our tummies pumped ‘cuz they’re both full” in song. Never again will your life be the same. Props to Giant Drag’s Annie Hardy then, whose dizzying guest turn for Steve McBean’s returned Pink Mountaintops is just the right side of lyrical insanity to hit all the right spots.-AC

Oceaán – ‘To Lose’

Ending this week’s round-up on a rather heartbreaking note, ‘To Lose’ – as you’d probably guess from the title – sees Manchester’s Oceaán perfectly capture the feeling of being overlooked and forgotten. All synth blasts, quivering vocals and bass warmth, there’s more than a hint of Blake to it, though Oceaán’s creative voice continues to grow in potency with each subsequent release.-AC



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