Welcome to the second installment of Kill The Popscene!*, a Crave Online weekly music blog that will be focusing solely on new music from the UK, both good and bad, that has been pumped into our earholes throughout the last week. So go make yourself a nice cup of tea, postpone your ongoing battle with Lord Voldemort and sit down and enjoy some good ol' fashioned limey audible bliss…
* I have only just realised that this blog shares its name with an awful Towers of London song. I promise you that this was not intentional, though I do deserve it for not coming up with a title better than Kill The Popscene.
Kasabian & Lana Del Rey pat each other on the back
In case you were hiding underneath a sound-proof rock for the duration of the past week, last Saturday (April 21) was the annual Record Store Day, a day where people go out and purchase CDs and vinyls as if iTunes and illegal downloading never existed. One of the more intriguing prospects among the slew of releases was Kasabian's double-release of their BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge covers of Lana Del Rey's 'Video Games' and Gwen Stefani's 'Sweet Escape'. Their performances of both songs can be viewed below:
Well clearly word of Kasabian's respectful cover of her breakthrough single got through to Lana Del Rey, who showed her appreciation by covering Kasabian's recent single 'Goodbye Kiss' for her own Live Lounge session. Her rendition of the Velociraptor! track has been branded by guitarist Serge Pizzorno as "f***ing beautiful". Judge for yourself by listening to it below:
Arctic Monkeys go electric, Alex Turner still wants to be Josh Homme
Arctic Monkeys released new song 'Electricity' as a b-side to their Record Store Day release 'R U Mine?' Those who were sick of people drawing comparisons between the Sheffield boys and Queen of the Stone Age will not be best pleased about it.
Maverick Sabre used to have it all, but presumably he lost it so now we have this song
"English singer/songwriter/rapper" has to be up there with rap-metal in terms of alienating genres, largely due to thug-turned-softie Plan B crooning his way through a selection of tunes that your Nan can dance to in her kitchen. Maverick Sabre takes Mr B's blend of soulful vocals and phoned-in rap verses and improves on them, with this latest cut from his debut album Lonely Are The Brave providing a nice, sunny slice of easy reggae pop that sounds not all too dissimilar from Frank-era Amy Winehouse.
Cheryl Cole wants you to call her name
So after Simon Cowell told her to f*** off in America Cheryl Cole is now stuck with us miserable Britons. After quite enjoying her debut LP and then tolerating her sophomore effort, I was expecting something more from Cheryl (or, to be more accurate, her producers) on her first single since that whole US X Factor debacle. To put it kindly, I really should have lowered my expectations.
Little Boots's next prayer should be "please don't make my next single as mediocre as this one"
Little Boots a.k.a. 'The One That Isn't Ellie Goulding' released new single 'Every Night I Say a Prayer' on 12" vinyl and it's that contrived of a dancefloor anthem that even Madonna would turn her nose up at it. Probably. The Tensnake remix of it is slightly better if only because it sounds like the music from stage one of Streets of Rage.
At least Hot Chip are doing it right
So after being disappointed by Cheryl Cole (a sentence no man has ever said – well, apart from Ashley Cole) and practically lobotomised by Little Boots, I'm glad to report that Hot Chip are back and, if not better than ever, they're at least bloody trying. Here's their new single 'Night And Day', taken from their upcoming LP In Our Heads.
Photo: Screengrab / BBC Live Lounge