Monday, June 27th, 2011 at 2:02pm |
The purported "next Great British guitar band" (NME, obviously) continue to release music that makes you go, "I've heard that somewhere before." It's Brother's greatest strength and biggest weakness. New Year's Day is so derivative – a necking-breaking nod to Blur, an Elastica twist and a Menswear melody – it feels instantly recognisable to Britpoppers of a certain age. This, along with a Gallagher gob-on-legs attitude, has enabled the Slough band to wrap themselves in an undeserving amount of hype, but it also makes their music completely unlistenable.
Singles Club regulars will be accustomed to the gushing, Robyn-shaped swoon this post regularly forms. Call Your Girlfriend is aesthetically saccharine and gorgeous, propelled by a big housey beat, shiny synths and tumbling effects. In reality, the Swede is being a right cow, trying to get some chap or other to dump his girlfriend for her... Over the phone! We've changed our mind about you, Robyn. You're horrible.
Another band currently garnering an inordinate amount of unwarranted praise is this gaggle of noise polluters, Kassidy. They look awful, I mean, really awful; imagine if Topman was sick on Biffy Clyro. That. They sound rotten, I mean, really rotten; image if Nickelback started listening to Mumford & Sons records. That. Waking Up Sideways is a song written by a band that make Keane sound dangerous and sexy.
"I’ll break down herbal til I move like a turtle / My money is green and my Porsche is turbo," drawls Snoop. Despite rehashing the same old clichés we've heard a hundred times before, Boom isn't a totally insipid effort. The Neptunes-esque kick drum and fidgeting keys provide a solid backing for his repetitive but admittedly engaging wordplay. T-Pain's contribution, however, takes this track from average to arduous.
Future Starts Slow is the latest release from Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart, taken from The Kills fourth album, Blood Pressures. Sticking to their tried and test formula – Hince's low-fi, bluesy guitars, a relentless drumline and the pair's duelling vocal style – this track is another solid release from the often underrated duo. "And after all God can keep my soul / England have my bones," wails Mosshart with a demented joy.
Playlists We Love
New Releases USA
Each week we will update this playlist with the latest new releases from the USA
New Releases UK
Each week we will update this playlist with the latest new releases from the UK
UK TOP 40 CHART
Listen to the top-selling singles in the UK, updated regularly.
The World's Most Perfect Pop Songs
The most perfect pop songs from around the world.
The very latest under-the-radar tracks you need to hear
This is the perfect playlist to unwind & relax to
Weekly Top 100 Tracks
Every Monday we publish a chart of the Top 100 tracks added to playlists in the previous week
Songs To Fall Asleep To
Feeling tired? This playlist is designed to help you unwind and send you to sleep.
Indie Feel Good
A hand picked selection of new indie music chosen to put a lift in your step & a smile on your face.
USA TOP 40 CHART
Listen to the best-selling singles in the United States, updated regularly.