by / April 8th, 2011 /

Lists: Top Story: State Of Play – What our writers are listening to

A new weekly feature in which our writers share their favourite tracks of the week.

Oh Land – ‘Wolf & I’ (Chosen by Elaine Buckley)

My fondness for Scandinavian female singers is no secret – Robyn and Lykke Li are both constants in my listening patterns – but Oh Land has completely taken over of late. I purchased 2010’s Oh Land EP out of curiosity from seeing her featured on many ‘Ones to Watch’ lists at the start of the year, and have been hooked ever since. ‘Wolf & I’ is a fantastic piece of minimal electro-pop, dreamily soothing vocals against an almost hypnotic drum line. The track also features on Oh Land’s eponymously titled album, released last month.

Whipping Boy – ‘Twinkle’ (Chosen by Daniel Carroll)

This week I’m addicted to Whipping Boy’s ‘Twinkle’. The opening track of their 1995 classic Heartworm: from the first stirrings of its violin this song has you by the short hairs. Majestic and miserable in equal measure, we’ll have the pleasure of hearing it live at Vantastival next month.

Weidorje – ‘Vilna’ (Chosen by Dara Higgins)

I was introduced to this perfect euro-space-rock by by snooker legend and prog rock aficionado Steve Davis on his radio show some months ago, and it’s hardly left my side since. He describes Weidorje as his favourite Magma offshoot band. What an accolade! Not for the tin of eared or anyone who has something pressing to attend to in the next 10 minutes.

Tyler, The Creator – ‘Yonkers’ (Chosen by Patrick Fennelly)

Hip-hop got lost in Gucci and bling and other such things some time back, a scene smothered in music based on money and bragging. Enter Odd Future, a gang of skateboarding teens intent on redefining a genre lost in predictability. Through their blog they have distributed large amounts of albums and mixtapes for free and in the process attracting a lot of attention. Tyler Dyrell AKA Tyler, The Creator has established himself as the face of this multitalented beast and his second album Goblin is due to drop soon on XL Recordings. Its promo track, ‘Yonkers’, highlights Dyrell’s genius. No hook, no chorus, just straight, intelligent rhymes that slice like razorblades backed by a hypnotic loop. Hip-hop’s evil saviors.

Mylene Farmer – ‘Oui…Mais Non’ (Chosen by Ciaran Gaynor McCoy)

I’m currently enjoying Mylene Farmer’s recent French number one ‘Oui…Mais Non’, which was produced and co-written by Lady Gaga producer RedOne. This stomps like a 70s glam rock record while boasting a bang up to date, glossy, electro sound. I can’t speak French, so I let the funky music do the talking.

Sleepingdog – ‘It Leaves Us Silent’ (Chosen by Kara Manning)

Caught on a replay of BBC 6 Music’s Gideon Coe’s March 30th show, the track was the second to last that night and after hearing it, I had to revisit the song six times via the iPlayer, it was that beautiful; a lonely lullaby that shifts majestically from meandering piano chords, contemplative swells of synths and Chantal Acada’s sorrowful, cloudy vocals, hovering precipitously near tears. The Belgian-based duo consists of Acada and New York born composer Adam Wiltzie (Stars of the Lid, The Dead Texan), who has also worked as a sound engineer with The Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, Sparklehorse and others. Sleepingdog’s debut album With Our Heads in the Clouds and Our Hearts in the Fields, is out on April 25 on Gizeh Records. Apparently they’re a great favorite of Low; Wiltzie and Acda were invited to tour with the band this May in the UK.

Fleet Foxes – ‘Blue Spotted Tail’ (Chosen by Simon Roche)

The quiet, penultimate track on new Helplessness Blues album, it immediately stands out, takes you by the arm to a seat in the open air where all the noise of life falls away and its stripped-bare sound – like fresh-cut grass – annexes your senses. Or something like that, y’know.

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