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The Rest of This Week’s Singles: Daft Punk, QOTSA, Beth Orton and more!

Published on April 18th, 2013 | Jonny Abrams

And now for the rest of this week’s singles…

Bat For Lashes – “Lilies”

Dancing with monsters in her underwear = five quails out of five for the video. Nice heaving bottom end to the song, as well, which didn’t strike us as an immediate stand out on last year’s The Haunted Man album but sounds agreeably otherworldly coming back to it, if a tad uneventful.

Rocksucker says: Three Quails out of Five!

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Beth Orton – “Dawn Chorus”

An autumnal lament with shuffling drums and doleful, sing-song vocals and a gorgeus accordion and acoustic guitar solos. It’s subtle, if you’re into that kind of thing, and although it doesn’t really go anywhere it encases and preserves its mood effectively.

Rocksucker says: Three Quails out of Five!

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Clean Bandit – “Mozart’s House”

This is either fantastically subversive or total hipster nonsense. The string sample earns it the benefit of the doubt, as does the lovely lady with the violin. There seems to be a theme this week.

Is he saying “I don’t know Skibadee”? We hope that’s what he’s saying. As it turns out, this is pleasingly peculiar stuff.

Rocksucker says: Three Quails out of Five!

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Daft Punk feat. Pharrell – “Get Lucky”

This is an unofficially leaked clip as opposed to a proper video and/or full track, but we have to say that we hope this isn’t a sign of what to expect from their forthcoming Random Access Memories album. Some characteristic gurgly robo vocals aside, there’s not a whole lot separating this from The Brand New Heavies single, polished disco-pop as it is. We await further context and as such shall suspend the quailing until further notice.

Krista – “Space Tom Test”

From the marvellous Stones Throw Records comes this strangely luxurious and slightly daft imagining of what might have happened if Spandau Ballet had gone Motorik, with much better results than you might be imagining. See for yourselves, but we dig this.

Rocksucker says: Three and a Half Quails out of Five!

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Queens of the Stone Age – “My God is the Sun”

A fairly ordinary cut by Josh Homme and co.’s own high standards, but it’s still better than most of this week’s other singles. Class is permanent, and all that.

The new album Like Clockwork is out on 4th June, just so you know. On this evidence they’ve taken a turn for the histrionic, so let’s wait and see how that pans out before jumping to any conclusions.

Rocksucker says: Three Quails out of Five!

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Rudimental feat. Ella Eyre – “Waiting All Night”

“‘Waiting All Night’ is the inspirational true life-story of San Francisco born BMX champion and actor Kurt Yaeger, who became an amputee after an accident in 2006.” Really? Well, yes, the video maybe, but the song itself? “I’ve been waiting all night for you to tell you that you want me”: is that supposed to be ventriloquising an ambulance driver waiting by the phone, or someone offering their support through the ideal? Because it sounds more like someone inviting coitus.

Most inappropriate, if you ask us. Nice enough sort of Kosheen feel to it, though.

Rocksucker says: Two and a Half Quails out of Five!

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WON – “Face Simmetry”

Founder member of Casa del Mirto, who feature prominently on Cornershop’s new remix album Snap Yr Cookies, WON is set to release his Isolution album on Tjinder Singh and co.’s tremendously fruitful Ample Play label.

This dark, subtle thing, like a more menacing version of one of the clubby interludes of Cornershop’s classic Handcream for a Generation, bodes well enough for it but we could do with hearing more for a clearer picture.

Rocksucker says: Three Quails out of Five!

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Zinc feat. Sasha Keable – “Only for Tonight”

“Just wait and see” sings Keable, tallying with how our initial cynicism subsided with the arrival of some disorienting backing vocals and a right old guilty pleasure of a wibblenoise. Aye, not bad, Mr Zinc.

Rocksucker says: Three Quails out of Five!

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See you next week, everyone!

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