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This Week’s Spotlist

The second Spotlist is a rangy and in-your-face affair. We have the Chemical Brother’s signature metallic dance on new track Sometimes I Feel So Deserted. There is dark trance from fellow EDM Grandads Leftfield on Bilocation. We have the mournful oriental sound of Major Lazer; jazz I could actually get on board with from Ninja Tune’s Jaga Jazzist; delicate guitar from Toro Y Moi; the freak-out of Holly Herndon; the jumping sound of Sylvan Esso; beauty from teenager Billie Marten; laconic reverb from Willie J Healey; plus tracks from Paul Weller’s and Hot Chip’s new albums; and a bit of Ravel. Enjoy!

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Off the Beaten Tracks

The tunes – old and new – making our ears prick up this week…

Major Lazer – Lean On (feat. DJ Snake and MO)

This is a side project from American uber-producer Diplo. He’s a bit commercial for me but the presence of MO’s vocals means I’m there. This song is nowhere near as good as anything on her debut album but it’s good to hear her vocals reaching a bigger audience.

Therapy? – Still Hurts

New single from the long-lasting Northern Irish alternative metallers.

Dio – Stand up and Shout

Vintage heavy metal with guitar solo that sounds like it was hewn from Satan’s own frets.

Nadine Shah – Fool

The Pakistani-Norwegian singer/songwriter from South Tyneside has an Anna Calvi vibe about her.

Dan Deacon – Feel the Lightning

Beguiling electronica from the American composer’s latest album, Gliss Riffer. The sweet female vocals are actually him.

Romare – Motherless Child

Spooky little addictive tune. The London beatmaker’s debut album, Projections, released on Ninja Tune, uses musical collaging of samples of African-American music to great effect.

Brodinski – Need for Speed (feat. Louisahhh!!! & Bloody Jay)

His album Brava is way too hard for me and the lyrics too generic and annoying, but this is quite cool.

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