by / June 23rd, 2008 /

The Singles Club (June 23rd)

State thought singles were dead but nobody seems to have told the music industry. Before we flog the singles off to friends and family, we had a listen.

This Week: Das Pop, Busta Rhymes and Linkin Park, Maroon 5 and Rihanna, N*E*R*D, Gavin Rossdale, Port O’ Brien, Those Dancing Days and Paul Heaton.

Single of the Week: Port O’ Brien – I Woke Up Today (City Slang)

Oakland’s Port O’ Brien burst out of the speakers with this joyous tune from their newly released All We Could Do is Sing, a nautical-themed album if ever there was one. It’s a jangly guitar tune driven by a chorus of voices. It also matches up quite beautifully with this disturbing footage of Tommy Seebach:

Das Pop – Underground (Sony BMG)

This guitar pop band from Belgium have had their fellow-country overlords Soulwax looking over their shoulders on production duties and supported Justice in Paris. It’s a nice, throwaway tune with spirited strings, that at times sound like the kind of song used on BBC’s sports coverage. It could perfectly soundtrack a montage of Wimbledon clips featuring the UK’s latest and greatest hope crashing out again. It’s a pity the singer sounds like Mark Owen trying to simultaneously sing and blow up a balloon. [Myspace]

Busta Rhymes featuring Linkin Park – We Made It (Universal)

Why do all the big US rappers want to work with Linkin fucking Park? Jay-Z you should have known better. Busta Rhymes however, we’re not so sure. This was the guy who was convinced that the world was going to end in 1999 so should we be surprised? This song is about as crap as you’d expect, a synesthesia of nu-metal vocals, Busta, buried-in the-mix-guitars and the kind of uninspired hip hop production which plagues the mainstream these days. It’s gonna be massive. [Video]

Gavin Rossdale – Love Remains the Same (Universal)

Rossdale is in the unenviable position of following his much-cooler and now successful wife Gwen Stefani up to another stab at the charts. It’s hard to believe this is the same guy who used to sing with Bush. It’s MOR slow-ballad rock aimed at the MOR radio stations of the world. There’s not an awful lot of personality on display, and apart from from some typical crescendo-reaching vocals, this is a right turd. Interesting fact: Rossdale was once a promising football player and had trials for Chelsea in his youth but a knee injury hampered his dream. [Video]

Paul Heaton – Mermaids and Slaves (Universal)

The long awaited return of the Beautiful South frontman… OK, maybe not long awaited but Ronan Collins is really, excited by him. ‘Mermaids and Slaves’ is from Heaton’s second solo album The Cross Eyed Rambler and sounds like The Saw Doctors. Apparently it contain his usual lyrical genius but the only line we manage to remember is ‘Let’s drive off a cliff‘ before we turned it thanks to the sub-par music. There is a drum and bass-lite remix with distorted guitars as a B-side which is worth a listen for its strangeness. [Official Site]

N*E*R*D – Everyone Nose (Universal)

This tune with the subtitle (All The Girls Standing in Line for the Bathroom) is about women and cocaine use. It’s a standard N*E*R*D tune from their third album Seeing Sounds. Not bad. Not all that good either. We prefer the remix featuring Lupe Fiasco and Kanye which has more chance of being played in a club. [Video]

Maroon 5 featuring Rihanna – If I Never See Your Face Again (Universal)

The most annoying band in Pop team up with Barbados’ finest export. The video has Rihanna pouting and singing a bit while Adam Levine looking super-serious and a bit creepy every time he looks at her. Considering the pop pedigree on display, it should have been a huge hit but the lack of any catchy melodies means it will be relegated to the dark end of the charts within weeks. [Video]

Those Dancing Days – Run Run (Wichita)

More cool Swedish girls for the world to love. This time it’s five teenage hipster girls called Linnea, Rebecka, Cissi, Lisa and Mimmi. ‘Run Run’ is a classic pop tune which harkens back to the sound of early ’60s girl bands and Northern Soul. Stylistically, it’s the same territory that The Pipettes furrowed in. It’s really good but it all feels a little bit too calculated. We’ll be keeping an eye on you, Those Dancing Days. [Myspace]

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  • Those Dancing Days are pretty hot.
    Twee as fuck with horrible Swedish music sprinkled on top.
    But fucking hot nonetheless.
    5 stars, clearly.

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    My photos of the gig in ALT here –

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  • And by gig I mean Those Dancing Days…