Singles for the week starting 30 April!
Atari Teenage Riot are bringing about the collapse of history this week, while Casiokids are turning the Dr Who theme into a kung fu synth pop hit!
Atari Teenage Riot
The Collapse of History
(Digital Hardcore Recordings)
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Hot off the back of last months Remix EP comes ATR's final single from their cracking ‘Is This Hyperreal’ comeback album – and it's a stonker. Building from a sample of original Atari game Pong to a multi-layered chant, it's less gabba heavy than ATR's earlier work but no less razor-sharp in its delivery.
Nic Endo takes the lead vocally adding a nice Bikini Kill element to it all ably backed up by Alec Empire's peerless production. Some may hanker for the ATR of old but on this evidence, the band are going in bold and exciting new directions.
A Handsome Stranger Called Death
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Art school dropout FOE has delivered urban commentary of a poetic, almost spooky nature on this single, which manages to address everyone’s morbid fear of death with something approaching gothic pizzazz. She’s already supported Pure Love – look out for more live dates to be announced.
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Following the success of the critically acclaimed album debut album ‘Aabenbaringen Over Aaskammen’, Casiokids are back with ‘Kaskaden’. Already established as a live favourite, it’s a joyous four minutes of infectious synth-pop from the eccentric Norwegian indie popsters. Featuring a repetitive bass line with echoes of the Dr Who theme and a subtle oriental flavour, the song not only kept me listening without any vocals but even managed to get me shuffling around in my listening chair – and that is some achievement!
Trailer Trash Traceys
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Though their name might suggest some sort of gibbering riot-punk band, this single from the new London quartet actually suggests a band with grace and all the right pop culture references: aside from the fact this is a dreamy, yearning and melodic single, it’s also damn mysterious – a Twin Peaks style guitar twang pierces its mellow electronic groove, while the vocal is like a call from some ghostly siren. Interesting!