BOARDS OF CANADA
Reach for the Dead
On this track from the duo’s Tomorrow’s Harvest album, ambient soundscapes clash and sonic algorithms creak while a ghostly muscle memory haunts the halls and a volcanic, phosphorescent melody rumbles like a beached elephant in the gloaming beyond. Yes, Boards of Canada’s music may be duller than a week of wet Wednesdays, but writing stupid, pretentious reviews about them sure is a lot of fun.
NAUGHTY BOY ft SAM SMITH La La La
Virgin The second single from Naughty Boy’s forthcoming Hotel Cabana album is already the fastest selling of the year, knocking Daft Punk’s Get Lucky off the top of the chart. But Shahid Khan isn’t the messiah. (And I’m almost certainly not the first person to make that joke. Bah!)
DAITHÍ ft RAYE Chameleon Life
Four years ago, a trad musician (and Owen Pallett wannabe) named Daithí Ó Dronaí flew the flag for the West on The All Ireland Talent Show. Unsurprisingly, neither that inglorious claim to fame, nor the mentorship the young fiddler received on the show from near namesake Dáithí Ó Sé, feature prominently in publicity for his excellent debut single. It deserves to find a wider audience.
DISCLOSURE When a Fire Starts to Burn
Sony PMR The second track from Disclosure’s Settle album is part dance floor filler, part public safety announcement. With Nile Rogers having confirmed that he will collaborate with the young electronic duo, those comparisons to Daft Punk are starting not to look so farfetched.