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The Time Out Playlist: the music team exclusively reveals this week’s must-hear tracks

Posted at 5:00 pm, June 3, 2011 in Music & Nightlife

© WileyThose on Time Out’s music desk get to listen to lots of exclusive tracks before everyone else. Which means they are wise and, like the tunes they choose, well worth listening to. This is what they’ll be blasting out of the stereo this week:

“I like Wiley’s (above) ‘To Be Continued’. The creator of grime’s talents as a beatmaker are often overlooked but the jittery bass and distorted claps of this track (off upcoming album ‘100% Publishing’) take shades of the sonically claustrophobic atmosphere of the excellent bonus beat on second album ‘Playtime Is Over’ and reshape it into a chart-friendly template for 21st century grime.” Alexi Duggins

“I recommend Spector’s debut single ‘Never Fade Away‘: deeply dreamy vocals, atmospheric synths and the most anguished lyrics that’ll melt your heart (released June 20). With everyone from Florence Welch to The XX cruising the single’s launch at Efes, this is one band wagon you’ll want to hop on sharpish.” Danielle Goldstein

“You’re going to what? Cover Led Zeppelin? Are you mental? Karen O can’t set a foot wrong for us and Trent Reznor’s an Oscar-winner now so it’s fitting that the new Hollywood soundtrack darling should provide a tune for the American version of ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ with Immigrant Song. O delivers a banshee wail Plant would surely approve of while Reznor gives ‘Immigrant Song’ an inky, industrial rework.” Kim Taylor Bennettt

“‘Something Beginning With L – Elephant Pt. II’: we’re transfixed by this surreal slice of woozy-whimsy off the shoegaze trio’s debut album ‘Beautiful Ground’ (out July 18, Armellodie Records). Chiming guitars, skittering beats, a ‘Teardrop’-esque piano line and Lucy Parnell and Jen Macro’s pristinely sleepy vocals lap at the senses as they sing about a childhood trip to the French coast (‘Me and my sisters at the edge of the world with our toes in blue…’).” Bella Todd

“One of Buddy Holly’s most smarmily confident hits gets a Modest Mouse makeunder: ‘That’ll Be The Day’ – from forthcoming tribute cover album ‘Rave On’ (also starring Florence, Cee Lo, Julian Casablancas and, er, Kid Rock) – manages to make it sound like today is actually the day-eh-hay that he’ll die.” Eddy Lawrence

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