The week’s best clips, sin­gles, down­loads and au­diostreams

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - Eoin But­ler

THE DARKER THE SHADOW THE BRIGHTER THE LIGHT In My Head ★★★ Di­rected by ex-Streets rap­per Mike Skin­ner, and star­ring TV pre­sen­ter Alexa Chung (whose de­but fash­ion col­lec­tion it show­cases), this video for Skin­ner’s lat­est mu­sic project was shot in Lis­more Cas­tle, Co Water­ford and con­tains the most gra­tu­itous thir­tysome­thing life­style porn this side of Master of None. Skin­ner and Chung ac­tu­ally col­lab­o­rated once be­fore on The Streets’ 2004 Could Well

Be In video, a fact the video ad­dresses in a poignant and in­dul­gent man­ner, again, rem­i­nis­cent of Aziz An­sari’s in­fu­ri­at­ing Net­flix se­ries.

CARLY RAE JEPSEN Cut to the Feel­ing ★★★★ In­ter­scope One of a re­puted 250 songs recorded for, but not in­cluded upon, Jepsen’s 2015 al­bum

Emo­tion, Cut to the Feel­ing is a bel­ter of a pop an­them. It be­lat­edly sees the light of day now, thanks to it’s in­clu­sion on the sound­track to French kids an­i­mated film ti­tled Leap! Jepsen.

RUSANGANO FAM­ILY I Know You Know ★★★ On their first new sin­gle since win­ning last year’s Choice Mu­sic Prize, Lim­er­ick trio the Rusangano Fam­ily raise is­sues sur­round­ing men­tal health in Ire­land… Which they be­lieve young peo­ple should never, ever dis­cuss due to the stigma around do­ing so. (Okay, I made that last part up.) The sin­gle will be launched at D-Light Stu­dios in Dublin on June 14th. A talk by Blind­boy Boat­club and a video by di­rec­tor Bob Gal­lagher, will of course em­pha­sise the im­por­tance of tak­ing a proac­tive ap­proach to main­tain­ing men­tal health.

IGGY AZA­LEA ft. ANITTA Switch (Live on Jimmy Fal­lon) ★★ In a ra­dio in­ter­view ear­lier this week, Iggy Aza­lea re­ferred to her pos­te­rior as a “craft project” and spent six full min­utes di­vulging her daily “butt prep” reg­i­men. Which, frankly, makes it hard to fo­cus on any­thing else here. Se­ri­ously, how does she walk with that thing fol­low­ing her around?

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