David Lee Astley gives the lowdown on this week’s offerings
Hookworms – Radio Tokyo
Having already released, for me, one of the best records of the year, Hookworms are back with a stand alone single for Too Pure. ‘Radio Tokyo’ combines the swirling guitars, pulsing organ and sharp vocals that married so well on their debut record, but into a less sprawling and more 7” viable form.
Pure X – Thousand Year Old Child
Moving on from the hazy treat that was 2011s ‘Pleasure’, Austin’s Pure X have found some clarity and brought vocals to the forefront for their new record, ‘Crawling Up The Stairs’, which is released this week on Merok.
Clams Casino & DOOM – Bookfiend
Clams Casino’s production, which is slow and intricate, acts as a dreamy base for DOOM’s relaxed (nearly spoken) verses. This is first in a series of releases that DOOM has planned with the London/New York based label Lex over the course of 2013.
Link – https://soundcloud.com/clammyclams/bookfiend-ft-doom
Braids – Amends
Braids’ debut record, ‘Native Speaker’, was an album of delicate layers. This new track from the Montreal band, off their forthcoming sophomore release, holds true to the character of the 2011 release. This time, however, the band have headed in a more electronic direction.
Link – https://soundcloud.com/fulltimehobby/braids-amends
Kelis – Jerk Ribs
After working with the likes of David Guetta, Skream and Calvin Harris over the last few years, it comes as a shock that Kelis has signed to Dave – TV on the Radio – Sitek’s Federal Prism. This is the first taste of her new material which has been recorded with Sitek. It has already been touted as one of the sounds of the summer with its Fela Kuti-esque horn blasts and rolling percussion.
Link – https://soundcloud.com/kelis/jerk-ribs