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10 Songs, Thursday, May 8th, 2014

La la means we love it

La la means we love it

1. La La La – Naughty Boy, Sam Smith – Two of the biggest names in UK neo-Northern Soul meets electro get together to define the sound that has owned the UK charts since Emile ruled the charts two years ago. The song is only ok, but Smith’s vocals are superb – A-

2. Minimum Wage – Bis – They’ve always reminded me a little of the playfulness of Fuzzbox with all the crag and snag of a broken bottle of fizz – B

3. Shadow – Bleachers – This is Jack Antonoff of fun’s side project and it is a catchy slice of protoelectronica – B

4. Atomic Bomb – William Onyeabor, Hot Chip – I’d guess the Nigerian musician is happy for the help and the beats are very tricky and smashing but the song isn’t actually a song – B

5. Me And Mary Jane – Black Stone Cherry – Have you heard of metalcore? Well this is metalugh – C-

6. End Of The Line – Warren Hayes And Derek Truck – This is the best they could find? – C+

7. See The Light  – Matrimony – Matrimony? Indie pop, catchy enough – C+

8. Black Out – Nine Black Alps – I trashed the album out of hand but this is a storming number – B

9. Next Time – Curtis Harding – I can hear the appeal, it is fun to have guitars playing the licks instead of synths, it is organic and the  man sounds real as well. But the song is too weak – B-

10. Helena Bonham Carter – Craig Finn – Not as bad as its name but how could it be? – C

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