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:
‘Noel Gallagher (above) is back and he’s more Noel Gallagher-y than ever. The first track from his High Flying Birds pseudo-solo project was released to create buzz for his newly-announced debut solo shows, including one at Hammersmith Apollo on October 29.’ Eddy Lawrence
S.C.U.M’s ‘Amber Hands’ (Sonic Boom remix): ‘Roiling psychedelic noise + wailing synths + (pummelling drums x snarled vocals) = killer underground tune from the East London scenesters.’ Sharon O’Connell
‘Recommend an ‘X Factor’ contestant? Me? Sure. Right after I’ve checked myself in for a little hol in Guantanamo B… wait. What’s this? A deliciously summery, retro-soul sampling, sisters-doing-it-for-themselves piece of R&B? From Belle Amie’s Geneva Lane? Never heard of her. She was on ‘X Factor?’. Fingers in ears! Can’t hear you! Lalalala…’ Alexi Duggins
‘Following the death of Dee Dee’s mother – whose image appears on the The Dum Dum Girls debut LP ‘I Will Be’ – the sweetly voiced frontwoman set to penning tracks for their sophomore LP ‘Only in Dreams’ (Sub Pop, Sep 26), which stays true to the group’s dreamy brand of garage-pop, but is lyrically heavyhearted. Taster track ‘Coming Down’ is available to download from subpop.com.‘ Danielle Goldstein
‘The Strokes’ ‘Is This It’ was released 10 years ago on July 30! To celebrate the gang’s game-changer of an album the folks at Stereogum have roped in everyone from Peter, Bjorn and John, Owen Pallett , Computer Magic, The Morning Benders and more to cover the entire record. My favourite: Austra’s total Austra-fying of ‘Alone, Together’.’ Kim Taylor Bennett. Download at stereogum.com.