Late again, this month, but this time I've got an excuse. I've been on holiday! But now I'm back and before it gets any later into October, here's my best of September.
Album of the Month
CSS - Cansei de Ser Sexy
I assidiously ignored all the initial bloghype around this band, but last month I eventually succumbed to their cheeky electro-popping charms. It really is a great album. In particular, this track's joyous post-punk meets R 'n' B is the highlight. And despite the saucy title, it's really just about being obsessed with music. Which is appropriate for me then.
Download: CSS - Music is My Hot Hot Sex
Buy Cansei de Ser Sexy
Songs of the month
1. I'm From Barcelona - We're From Barcelona
So I've also succumbed to the happy silliness of the 29-strong group of Swedes. I think seeing them live before hearing their record made me more favourably disposed to them than their often-too-twee music deserves. However, this is still a great tune, live or not. Altogether now, na-na-na na-na-na na.....
Buy Let Me Introduce My Friends
2. Jeremy Warmsley - I Believe in the Way You Move
You may well have heard me going on about Jeremy Warmsley before, but this'll certainly not be my last post on the young man in braces. This is his latest single, which I've had going round in my head for weeks, and promises great things for his new album. Emmy the Great sings on it too!
Pre-order The Art of Fiction - out next week.
3. The Aliens - Happy Song
More happy stuff. Heck, you'd think I'd spend the month in some sort of giddy haze. But again, this is pretty irresistable stuff from former Beta Band-ers The Aliens. Maybe a song for particular moods, but the insane catchiness of it makes it stick in your brain and refuse to leave. In a good way. Not as good as the ever more lyrically minimal Robotman, but then there is a chunk of Robotman in this very song. Or is it the other way round?
Buy the Happy Song 7" or The Alienod Starmonica EP
4. Dani Siciliano - Why Can't I Make You High
She's back! After 2004's fine Dani Siciliano Likes... this is the single off her intriugingly-titled new album Slappers. It's a kinda jazzy electro knees-up, with backing vox support from teen rockabilly sensations Kitty, Daisy and Lewis. No doubt there'll be more about both them and Dani on The Daily Growl soon.
5. The Blood Arm - Suspicious Character
I was wrong in my last Blood Arm post. This is the song that Nathanael Fregoso sang from inside the ladies' toilets in The Macbeth. Appropriate? I'll leave that for you to decide. Anyway, it's got another one of these ridiculously catchy choruses, and you'll have to watch you don't sing it too loud outside the safety of your own home. It may be true for Nathanael, but I'm not sure about me. Or you.
Pre-order the new album Lie Lover Lie - out on 16 October