Caught in the Net: Bat haunts again with another woman
Friday 21 September 2012
On "Laura", the first track showcased from Bat for Lashes'
forthcoming album The Haunted Man, Natasha Khan, below right, pared
things down with a spare, sad piano ballad. Intent on displaying her
full range, for "Marilyn", the second track to emerge from the record,
things go widescreen with a big 1980s synth-pop sound that's equal parts
melancholy and hopeful, all underpinned by a gorgeous vocal from Khan.
New Innings is a near Missy
After a long hiatus, Missy Elliott returned this week with two new singles made with regular collaborator Timbaland. Elliott was once out in front as one of the most interesting hip-hop artists around, making great, forward-looking pop music. She seems to have lost some of her lustre on these two solid, if a little perfunctory tracks. "Triple Threat" and "9th Innings" are selling on iTunes now, and can be streamed HERE.
Adult Swim's singles surface
For a third year running, the US pop-culture cable TV network Adult Swim has put together its "Singles Programme", in which it invites musicians to record a single, which is released over 13 weeks and made free to download from adultswim.com. This year's offering concluded with offerings from noise-rap crew Death Grips, above left, and art rock big-hitters Liars. The collection also includes Flying Lotus, Gauntlet Hair and Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Find the whole thing at click HERE.
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