It’s the week that William Shatner announced his imminent prog-rock concept album, Wu Tang Clan announced their own bicycle range, and Kanye West announced again that some things that happen upset him. But here is the most important announcement of all: Circulation’s favourite songs of the week… Enjoy!
Wolf Alice – Blush
Wolf Alice have proffered a veritable smorgasbord of songs over the last year, and we have hovered eagerly at the buffet table, loaded our plates thrice over, and even brought home a doggy-bag in a leaking napkin. They support Swim Deep at The Cockpit this month. Go, loosen your belt buckle and gorge.
Blush (EP) is released 07/10/13 on Rough Trade
Wet Nuns – Hanging
As part of ‘The Self Congratulatory Album Release Tour’, Wet Nuns will play a free show at Leeds’ Belgrave Music Hall next month and I think it will be the most fun anyone present will have had in a long time. They cite ‘fire, cricket, urine and underpants’ as being important influences for the upcoming self-titled album, from which Hanging is taken. Check out our quick interview with them too.
Wet Nuns is released 07/10/13 on Throng of Nobs
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Swing Low Magellan (Dirty Projectors cover)
If the pansies on my windowsill were encouraged by any song they’ve heard to open their buds and smile blissfully all day in the breeze, then it’s this one. Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s album II remains one of the most compelling I’ve heard all year, so it is with great pleasure that I write of a follow-up acoustic EP to be released next month. Frontman Ruban Nielson has recorded three II songs and two covers, of which this is one.
‘Swing Low Magellan’ is from Blue Record (EP), released 29/10/13 on Jagjaguwar
Theo Verney – Count It Up
A mere minute and a half of perfect ruckus, delivered with precision. From his second EP Heavy Sunn, which Verney has written, recorded, mixed and produced entirely by himself in his studio in Brighton. Catch him accompanied by a live band when he supports Traams in Leeds next month (venue TBC).
Heavy Sunn (EP) is released on 21st October on Hate Hate Hate
Sohn – Lessons
Sohn describes himself as ‘an Englishman in Vienna’. Released from the cramped hubbub of London and settled in to a quiet Austrian suburb, you can hear that the man has found space. Not solace – he still sings ‘I died a week ago, there’s nothing left’, ‘I’m struggling, I’ve given in’ – but certainly space to create big, big songs. He returns to home soil for an Electrowerkz show next month.
‘Lessons’ is released digitally on 23/09/13, then as a limited vinyl on 25/11/13 on 4AD
Nightmares on Wax – Give Thx
The ever-evolving Leeds DJ George Evelyn and his ever-evolving Nightmares On Wax entity recently offered another album whose title could not be more appropriate. He plays Leeds’ Belgrave Music Hall in November.
‘Give Thx’ is taken from Feelin’ Good (LP), released 16/09/13 on Warp
Holograms – Luminous
The post-punk scene in Denmark creeps north of the border. With anthemic choruses that bring to mind Joy Division or White Lies, Swedish Holograms are back with their second album – mythical, desolate and strangely catchy.
‘Luminous’ is taken from Forever (LP), released 03/09/13 on Captured Tracks
Grooms – Iskra Goodbye
On their other two albums, Grooms more centered around classic indie-rock guitar, but on this month’s Infinity Caller release, bassist Emily Ambruso has stepped to the front and up to the mic and forged a quite different sound. It works especially well on this track, which sounds a little like Moaning Myrtle joined a shoe-gaze band.
Infinity Caller (LP), released 09/09/13 on Western Vinyl.
FKA Twigs – Papi Pacify
WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THIS VIDEO? HELP.
‘Papi Pacify’ is taken from EP2 (EP), released 09/09/13 on Young Turks.
Fat Joe ft. Action Bronson – Your Honour
(First, let it be known that Fat Joe was also responsible for this.)
Fat Joe was recently sentenced to four months in prison for failing to pay his income tax. The day before his incarceration, he released this little farewell ditty, which features Action Bronson’s two pennies’ worth too, with lines such as ‘eating chicken, getting my dick sucked, it’s basic’. Rumour has it Bronson was not first choice for guest verses, but Lil Wayne, Lil Kim and Ja Rule all declined, saying the track raised some touching issues for them.
‘Your Honour’ is taken from The Darkside Vol. 3 (mixtape), released 26/08/13
Dig – Sometimes
Dig are a five-piece band from East London. This is their debut song. I think its lyrics are wonderfully wry. Its guitar licks have been described elsewhere as ‘squirrely’. I like that.
Blood Sport – Palomar
Spectacularly fizzy guitars like some sort of vinegar-bicarbonate-of-soda-
‘Palomar’ is taken from Life In Units (LP), released 09/09/13 on Hybrid Vigour.
Autre Ne Veut – Play by Play (Jacques Greene Remix)
The original of this song was released a few months ago on Autre Ne Veut’s heavy but delectable Anxiety LP. Now, it’s another gorgeous track to add to the ‘Great Things Jacques Greene Has Done This Year’ list, which also includes:
His own track, Quicksand
His boiler room set for Pitchfork Festival
His remix of that Ciara song
…And this one too.