Singles out this week

Active Child | Rihanna | Dizzee Rascal Feat Daniel Pearce | Divine Comedy | Nastala

PICK OF THE WEEK

Active Child
Curtis Lane EP (Merok)

Like a choirboy melting at a rave, Pat Grossi (AKA Active Child)'s debut EP is full of hymns to the Balearic heavens. This melding of Grossi's Jimmy Somerville-like falsetto and sparse, synthy beats is a match made in David Lynch-ville. Opening track, I'm In Your Church At Night, sounds like it might be played at Laura Palmer's wake, while Wilderness sounds like something BOB might have blaring out as he bounces insanely off the walls in that weirdly lit room of his, where the well-dressed dwarf does the backwards dance. If Julee Cruise was an effete-sounding dude in 2010, she'd be Active Child.

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

Rihanna
Te Amo (Def Jam)

Weirdly, there are rumours that Rihanna is hastily recording a new "fun and pop" album, presumably in response to the relative commercial failure of Rated R. Which is depressing, because it's an amazing piece of dark pop, not least of all because it includes songs with such outré lyrical themes as: shooting yourself, setting yourself on fire and taking relationship advice from Katy Perry. Te Amo (French for "where are the swimming baths, please?") is another complex gem, this time about forbidden love (not with Katy Perry).

Dizzee Rascal Feat Daniel Pearce
Dirtee Disco (Dirtee Stank)

Remember One True Voice? They were the most awkward boyband ever; five guys who looked like they'd been forced to make conversation after being locked out of the local branch of Connexions. Well, member Daniel Pearce has triumphed over reality show Room 101 to do the singy bits on Dizzee's new track. Which is reason enough to stand up and cheer. As for Dirtee Disco itself, it's all very "Woo!" "Fun!" "Party!" but as Dizzee drags our tired carcass kicking and screaming to the after-after-after-party, we can feel the brain rot of our hangover kicking in.

Divine Comedy
At The Indie Disco (Divine Comedy Records)

Some performers' entire shtick can be reduced to some signature features. Iggy Pop: lolloping around like a crazy, topless ostrich. Madonna: gyrating in a conical bra. Pete Doherty: staring blankly while dribbling over all of Camden. For the Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon, his is doing a knowing wink while wearing an ill-fitting hat. And that's it. As the title suggests, At The Indie Disco is a terribly twee, knowing ode to evenings of emotional constipation and snakebite and black.

Nastala
Crazy (New State Music)

Who knew that the vaguely slinky electro-glam stomp would go on to be one of the sounds du jour of female popstars everywhere? Britney, Christina, Rachel Stevens and others have done it and now it's Nastala's turn. But that doesn't make it any more interesting than when Goldfrapp first did it in 2001. The video's a bit more exciting: it featues a Godzilla-size duck shooting lasers from its eyes! Now that's "Crazy".

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