It's that time of the week again to assess the best singles released this week. With a massive list of promos to sift through, it's perhaps a slight surprise that the vast majority of songs released today are tat, with only a handful getting through my impossibly stringent screening process, i.e. do I like them? As a man whose first single was 'Who Let The Dogs Out?' by The Baha Men, I'm incredibly confident in my impeccable taste, so without any further waffle, here are our Singles of the Week, opening with Coasts.


Coasts – 'Stay'

Singles Of The Week

I haven't heard this song before, and whilst it may just be the fact that I'm sat in a library, but from the opening chords, 'Stay' immediately recalls summer and days at the beach, with just a little prod in that direction from the video. A track that will definitely be appreciated by fans of Peace, and even Wu Lyf, the vocal is insistent and romantic, somewhat celebrating the desperation of the lyrical content over a gentle, whimsical guitar hook. Though nothing particularly revolutionary, this hits on just the right mood for this listener, welcoming in the summer without any agenda or sense of self-consciousness.



Apparat – ‘Candil De La Calle’

Beautiful, atmospheric pop music in the mould of Belleruche and Austra, somehow articulating an emotion and heart that can often by lacking in electronic music. Though decidedly synthetic, 'Candil De La Calle' is ultimately a wonderfully evocative anthem for the disenchanted, sumptuously tiptoeing the line between dance and ambience. Ultimately, this is a song that needs to be listened to, rather than explained, its effect rooted in its emotional response.



Lone – ‘Crystal Caverns 1991’

As one comment on Youtube already testifies, this is the sort of thing to give Pitchfork a wet dream. Glitchy enough to grab listeners in by their short-back-and-sides, this will no doubt be played on Radio One in the next couple of months and immediately discredited by its fans, but for now it again fits perfectly with the rapidly approaching summer, throwing more effects in than should work, yet all adding up to a very fine song. I initially set out to write a disparaging review, but it turns out that that isn't really possible with Lone.



Jessie Ware – ‘Running’

Oo, who doesn't love the Eighties? The haircuts, the colours, the brilliant music. Like most people, I can't wait to see Daryl Hall and Dexys at Latitude, so Jessie Ware is right up my street with her blissed out Sade act, which will apparently do very well in America if recent stats are anything to go by. Sultry, minimal and ultimately derivative, this is nonetheless a lovely song if taken on its own merit rather than in comparison to its obvious predecessors, as I'm struggling to do. Exclusive of criticism, this is great in its own right.