Those 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:
John Craig’s ‘Doing My Own Thing‘: ‘Lifted from the upcoming True Soul Records compilation ‘Deep Sounds from the Left of Stax’, this is all driving, rhythmic wah-wah and popping, funky bass, with a light haze of psych-ish Hammond organ. So summery and louche, it might help you forget the rain.’ Alexi Duggins
Ladytron’s ‘White Elephant’: ‘Come September, the Anglo-Bulgarian electronicists will release ‘Gravity the Seducer’, their first album in 3 years and a dreamy, synth-heavy pop piece. The first single is a prime taster of what’s to come.’ Danielle Goldstein
Spank Rock’s ‘Energy’: ‘The first single from forthcoming new album ‘Everything is Boring Everyone is a Fucking Liar’ (due September 26) sees the futuro-electro-rap crew toning down their usual chaos and aggro in favour of a punk-funk groove and a touch of TV On The Radio-style art rock.’ Sharon O’Connell. Download the single now at spankrock.net.
CSS’s (above) ‘Hits Me Like a Rock’: ‘Live versions of this summer skank have been knocking around for a while but we have a recorded version, with guest vocals from Bobby Gillespie. Like a modern-day Bow Wow Wow, this is the sonic equivalent of an icy daiquiri sipped in the sun and it makes me very excited about their third album, ‘La Liberación’, out August 29.’ Kim Taylor Bennett
Mike Waterson’s ‘Bright Phoebus’: ‘I’m singing along to an old folk-rock classic this week in memory of Waterson who died of cancer on June 22. The title track of his 1972 duet album with sister Lal, it’s the sound of sunshine bursting on the Yorkshire moors and the song from which many will recognise what Al Lloyd called his ‘dark yellow voice’.’ Bella Todd