The Dead Weather – ‘Cop and Go’ from Dodge and Burn
Third Man Records
The release of this single serves as a sigh of relief to those who are chronically nostalgic about the old Jack White. ‘Cop and Go’ from The Dead Weather’s forthcoming album Dodge and Burn exudes that raw tenacity we so dearly missed in the form of rolling basslines and savage guitar riffs. Mosshart’s vocals are particularly ravenous in the chorus as she snarls “please, would you give a little back to me?!” As the song nears an end, a crescendo of howls and a venomous guitar lead serves as a clear indication of the kind of ferocity we can expect on this long-anticipated release.
Floating Points – ‘Silhouettes (I,II &III)’ from Elaenia
This three-part epic is punched into existence with a deep horn subsequently followed by a gradual jazzy breakbeat which has become common practice in Mr Shepherd’s music. As the song materialises, cello and piano begin to weave their way enticingly through the musical landscape. There’s a beauty in the way Shepherd is able to still remain true to his sound without becoming too orchestral. The best example of this is the breakdown wherein a harmonious and quite breathtaking collation of voices and strings ticks over that trademark Floating Points-esque beat. This track is a wonderful demonstration of Shepherd’s eclectic taste and highlights his unique twist on electronic music.
Battles – ‘FF Bada’ from La Di Da Di
‘FF Bada’ opens up in typical Battles fashion. The imposing organ sound that has become somewhat of a trademark of theirs in recent years, bellows over some jittery guitar-play. The New York math-rock trio then plunge their way into a crisp, intricate groove; the highlight of which being John Staniers’ tub-thumping, resonant drums. Regardless of the pleasant interplay however, ‘FF Bada’ seems to lack personality due to the mechanical nature of them being an instrumental outfit. The loss of frontman Tyondai Braxton in 2010 is a void that still, based on this track, is yet to be filled.