Dizzee Rascal’s Wot U Gonna Do?: a banging moment of self-reflection

Also this week: Jack Johnson has somehow become even more laid back, while Mount Kimbie bring a post-punk treat


Dizzee Rascal
Wot U Gonna Do?

The headlines generated by this song are obviously going to be about Dizzee’s intentions. Is this track an attempt at “shutting down” grime’s current golden boy? Or is it a moment of fierce self-reflection, a comment on the artist’s own unreadiness for the volatility of success? Yet, ultimately, this all feels like a distraction. The actual headline should be this: Dizzee Rascal has made a good record.

Jack Johnson
My Mind Is for Sale

There was a rumour at my school, during the weird period in 2005 when Jack Johnson was really popular among suburban teen girls, that the Hawaii songwriter’s heart beat at a slower rate than most people’s. That, they said, was the reason for the unaccountably laidback vibe of his music. If that was the case in 2005, then My Mind Is for Sale must indicate his slow march towards death; a man getting progressively more and more chillaxed, his heartbeats growing further and further apart, until he eventually whistles his way into a sandy grave.

Mount Kimbie ft King Krule
Blue Train Lines

This might not be earth-shattering, but it is definitely the strongest single Kimbie have shared from their upcoming third studio album. That’s almost entirely thanks to Archy Marshall – his rough vocals and battered lyricism played against the ground swell of synth-work make for a subtle post-punk treat.

Arcade Fire
Electric Blue

Arcade Fire, better than any act in recent memory, make music for teenage yearning. As such, beyond the stretches of your 25th birthday it becomes harder and harder to evaluate the potency of their work. Electric Blue is a plaintive groove, thanks to some restrained but effective work from co-vocalist Régine Chassagne, but if you’ve reached the age when your idea of heartbreak is missing MasterChef then this may leave you cold. Best heard in your childhood bedroom, wishing you were anywhere else.

Nine Inch Nails
Less Than

Whip out your leather wrist-cuffs! Trent Reznor is back, baby! Less Than, the latest single released from Nine Inch Nails’ new EP, is full of as much angst and crunch as you’d expect. Sadly, however, like most industrial rock, it also sounds like the soundtrack to a particularly bad computer-programming sequence in a turn-of-the-century action movie.

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