Kerridge, Charlotte Church, Hurts: this week's new tracks

Kerridge | Riva Starr feat RSSLL | Charlotte Church | Ed Drewett | Hurts | Planningtorock

PICK OF THE WEEK

Kerridge
Waiting For Love (Downwards)


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Berlin-based Samuel Kerridge makes the kind of unearthly techno best experienced in cathedrals, not nightclubs. Thankfully, while the 26-year-old's full-immersion electronica reaches out to imaginary gods, in its own decaying, monolithically melodic way, the man himself is much more down to earth. Asked by The Quietus to explain the upsurge of interest in harsher techno, Kerridge replied: "I think people are getting bored of shit music." But are they?

Riva Starr feat RSSLL
Absence (Snatch!)


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Italian house producer Stefano Miele is a "maverick" (it says here) whose tunes would tempt any right-thinking clubber to flush their pills, renounce dance music, disconnect their electricity, grow a beard and start playing Bonnie 'Prince' Billy songs on the banjo. Absence is bad enough, a sample-heavy slice of what we used to call big beat (seemingly designed to soundtrack a Renault Clio advert), but the patchwork of nostalgic rave cliches that is extra track Together is beyond awful. Catchy? So is avian flu.

Charlotte Church
Two (Alligator Wine)


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I've got a lot of time for Charlotte Church. Purposefully angry at Leveson, sharp on Have I Got News For You and The Charlotte Church Show, and one of the few modern celebrities who actually likes ordinary working-class women. I'd happily go for a pint with her. As long as she didn't touch the jukebox. Her portentous, operatic indie-rock is about as appealing as an All About Eve B-sides compilation.

Ed Drewett
Drunk Dial (Baer)


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Ed Drewett writes songs for the Wanted and Olly Murs. You'd think he'd want to keep his head down. But no – he's putting a face to the shame with this lobotomised rave-pop, which makes Calvin Harris sound like Daft Punk. Ironically, for a tune about drunk-dialling your ex, you will want to drink heavily after hearing it, just to forget.

Hurts
Miracle (Sony)


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Those poor Germans. They're a straight, sincere people who think everyone is like them. That is why they've taken this hilarious spoof synth-pop duo to heart. Hurts might look like characters from Goodbye To Berlin and likely reference Kafka in interviews, but the clue to their true nature is that Miracle sounds like Coldplay. Serious? Nein, Deutschland! Hurts are a joke.

Planningtorock
Misogyny Drop Dead (Human Level Recordings)


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Released on International Women's Day, this sounds 10,000 times better than its clunking title. Like the Knife, with whom she's worked, PTR loves a bit of gender-bending vocal manipulation. In this case, she sounds like Finley Quaye ad libbing across a disjointed megamix of Dan 'Daphni' Snaith's irrepressibly jolly house tunes. It is all illogically brilliant.

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Tony Naylor

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