First up, a couple of remixes. Kate Nash’s single Foundations has been a real grower for me, moving from indifference when I first heard it to totally loving it now. Looks like it’s her big breakthrough too – number bloody 2 in the charts this week! This is a fine reworking of that tune from the Metronomy boys. The other is a remix from the even-hotter-right-now talents of Crystal Castles making over Liars’ It Fit When I Was a Kid. Didn’t think you could dance to Liars? You can now.
Download: Kate Nash – Foundations (Metronomy Remix)
Download: Liars – It Fit When I Was a Kid (Crystal Castles Remix)
I’ve not really been that impressed by Messages, the new album from To My Boy. I’ve tried you know, and I can sort of appreciate the certain dash in singer Jack Snape’s voice – even when he tries on the John Lydon PiL affectations – but good vocals aren’t going to rescue an album that seems a bit short on decent tunes. Still, it’s not without its merits, and there are a few likeable tracks. Here are two of them. I’ve heard they’re pretty good live to, so maybe that’s where it’s at.
Download: To My Boy – I am X-Ray
Download: To My Boy – Oh, Metal
Better than this is the new single from German outfit MIT, who are making their English language debut with Good Book on Half Machine Records. This is a song that wears its influences well. I don’t know if this band are big fans of LCD Soundsystem or not, but they sure sound like it. But no matter – it’s as good as this sort of stuff gets – plenty of energy and zing with a shoutalong chorus and propulsive bassline. Some might say that it’s a perfect time to release this song, others may suggest maybe not because it might get lost amongst the trendier names (hello Simian Mobile Disco, Digitalism). That would be a shame, because together with its agreeable short and messy b-side Auf An Aus, it’s a tasty little 7 inch for you to get your mitts on.
Download: MIT – Good Book
Buy Messages and Good Book from Rough Trade.