Bastille & Gabrielle Aplin – Dreams (Fleetwood Mac Cover)
My first thought was, “Did the Xx cover Fleetwood Mac?” – While I was wrong, two other people did, and to great effect. While I love the original, seeing as I think it’s one of the greatest pop songs ever written, this is a great version. It’s pretty current and gets the synth-wave vibe. So props to Bastille and Grabrielle Aplin for attempting one of the untouchable songs.
Japandroids – Younger Us
I haven’t been paying much attention to Japandroids, but I think it’s about time I did. Got this as I was streaming off Fuzzy Logic, and the melody hooks you immediately. It’s everything I love about rock music, the manic-ness, the attitude and the frenzy. It reminds me a little of Feeder, and that’s always a good thing.
Band of Skulls – The Devil Takes Care of His Own
I’ll always love guitar rock, though it has been very boring lately. Sometimes though, certain riffs get filtered through, not just through pure technical brilliance, but through a precarious balance of musicality and songwriting. Somehow everything just works on this song. From the balls-out garage rock riff to the way they almost sing, “The devil takes care of his own.” – almost as a punctuation.
DJ Koze – My Plans (Feat. Matthew Dear)
My fascination with Matthew Dear has been slow burning. In him, I see a conscientious and meticulous producer, and in his voice, I hear the strange garbles of an android learning what it means to be alive for the first time. So here we are, with some essential listening where it’s his voice that’s the highlight and some else (DJ Koze) gets the honour of providing backup.