Eoin Butler’s guide to downloads, singles and free audiostreams
Love Lockdown (Live on Triple J) Kanye West and Pharrell have confirmed a joint appearance at Marlay Park this summer. If you aren’t already agog with excitement, this cover of the former’s 808s & Heartbreak standout moment, by Glass Animals, should be enough to whet your appetite. The Oxford indie rockers’ take on Love Lockdown is sparkling, original and surprisingly soulful.
Parlophone On this turgid new video from Chris Martin & co’s forthcoming sixth album, Ghost Stories, the soon-to-be-former Mr Gwyneth Paltrow plays a magician’s assistant, tied to a spinning wheel while his boss throws knives at him. Sadly, none of these connect with his jugular, and the song blathers on for some four and a half dismal minutes.
BEACH SLANG Filthy Luck Dead Broke
Beach Slang are Pennsylvania-based punk rockers whose moniker, presumably, was concocted with help from a random Pitchfork band name generator. This track from their debut EP, Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken?, could not be more infused with the spirit of the 1990s if were wearing a plaid shirt, clutching a Tamagotchi and performing the Carlton Dance from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
LANA DEL REY Meet Me in the Pale Moonlight Interscope
“I’m the sweetest girl in town,” purrs Del Rey on this discoinfluenced track, possibly to appear on her forthcoming Ultraviolence album. “Why are you so mean to me?” Well, Lana, it may be because you say things just like that.
ED SHEERAN Sing
Atlantic This column has never been a fan of Ed Sheeran’s music (which is putting it mildly), but his kindness in singing down the telephone to a dying Dublin teenager convinced me to give the guy’s music another shot. And you know what? This new song isn’t all that bad. In fact, you could almost say he’s the ginger Justin Timberlake. “Almost” being the operative word.