This week's new singles

Leodoris | Blondie | The Pierces | Wiz Khalifa | Jessie J

Leodoris
Run EP (Fispos)

Leodoris are from Denmark, a nation that has made a staggeringly minuscule contribution to music over all, which makes this enigmatic house offering – reminiscent of our own Burial – all the more unexpected. Drifting over a squirming bass throb, Erikka's smoky, worryingly feral vocals lure you far from the dancefloor to the edge of the forest. Overhead, broadsides of noise hover back and forth like low-flying UFOs while the ghosts of mammoths occasionally bellow from afar.

Blondie
Mother (Eleven Seven/EMI)

Back with their first material since 2003, Blondie have finally passed gracefully from the category of "ageing" to "belonging to the ages". Still, they hardly disgrace themselves with Mother, whose driving riff is as loaded and furious as anything from their heyday, while Debbie Harry's lyric carries faint intimations of the John Lennon song of the same name. Blondie reinvade our consciousnesses with welcome retro-mania and remind us of a lost, pre-Madonna, pre-MTV time when even peroxide-commercial groups had hidden, dark roots.

The Pierces
Glorious (Lizard King)

Backlit by a blinding amber haze and channelling the LA valley spirit of the Mamas & The Papas, the Pierces are so unaffected by the idea that the world might have turned sour since the nectarine days of the late-60s that you can only stand back, winded by a kind of awe. "God bless the world/ It's so glorious" – well, they make a case. With their Abba-style blonde/brunette combination and disingenuous sexuality, the Pierce sisters exude such a dreamlike, impossible wholesomeness, you expect to wake up sodden after the fade.

Wiz Khalifa
Roll Up (Magenta)

Check the video: palm trees, cloudless skies, Timberlands, iPhones and available laydeez clustered on every park bench; this is a scrupulous representation of the idyllic rap lifestyle in 2011. But lurking amid the silvery, poppy synths and cheery Fresh Prince accessibility is the cheekiest and unsubtlest of puns. When Wiz says "I roll up", he means more than "arrive in due course", as a 2010 police search of his tourbus revealed. All the same, for a pitch-black antidote to this fluff, seek out Tyler The Creator's Yonkers.

Jessie J
Nobody's Perfect (Universal)

Some human, physical imperfection would've been welcome in this odourlessly cynical, cloyingly safe outing. Assembled at marketing department level from the cold, recycled platinum of previous, sure-fire 21st-century pop successes, its impassioned surges are as preset and surgically targeted as US military drones. But the worst thing about this single, other than that eating Cellophane would be preferable, is the way she comes atcha, fists rotating indignantly, defiantly answering a question you never asked in the first place. I never thought anyone was perfect, Jessie. You, least of all.

Contributor

David Stubbs

The GuardianTramp

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