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New Releases 14th July 2008

Single of the Week: Neon Neon – I Told Her on Alderaan/ Trick For Treat

On a sunny day, it can occasionally seem like Gruff Rhys can do no wrong. It’s a sunny day today, and he’s back with another cut from his Boom Bip-collaboration Neon Neon’s near-flawless debut. And it’s a double A-side. The Star Wars-referencing A-side is the gem here, an 80s-envisaged space-age romp that scales pop highs the Super Furries haven’t managed in about 10 years. The live clip above really doesn’t do it justice, so I’ll endeavour to replace it ASAP.

As a bonus, here’s Har Mar Superstar prancing around the Glastonbury stage to Trick for Treat, while Gruff has a rest. Much as he was probably doing when he should have been out making Proper Videos…

Other good stuff lies below…

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New Releases 21st April 2008

Single of the Week: Sia – The Girl You Lost to Cocaine
I sometimes wonder if my choices here are getting a bit too predictable – upbeat, girl-fronted, slightly alternative pop, anyone? Hey, it’s nice to have a niche. Or something.

The most enjoyable thing about Sia’s recent solo stuff is that it shrugs off the coffee-table medicrity of her Zero 7 collaborations in favour of a whole lot of fun. This slips in neatly alongside the rest of your 2008 white female soul explosion, but strides out ahead by virtue of having a wry smile on its face and a keen sense of the fact that music should be enjoyable, rather than just a quasi-painful attempt at recreating your influences. Just watch the joy-filled dress-up box video for confirmation. Excellent.

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