As a man who has just spent three days in Paris, and is now back in a pleasant but definitely less sexy Sussex, I think that I could be forgiven for not being on top of the world. However, with the barbeque weather dragging on, and my summer playlist sorted and sounding rather perfect, this week's singles are looking decidedly great, led by The Milk.


The Milk – 'Broke Up The Family'

Singles Of The Week

The Milk are one of those bands who've been touted across blogs a lot, and I've not given them a lot of attention, but I caught them on Soccer AM at the weekend and it turns out that they initally wanted to be called Nigel Winterburn and the Flat Back Four, which was more than enough to persuade me to get around to listening to them. And they sound absolutely nothing like I would have suggested. Expecting tricky indie-pop, 'Broke Up The Family' conversely comes across like a cockney Black Keys, channelling a blues rage such as Cold War Kids have done in recent years. It's a real surprise to hear something as classic as this coming out of the UK at the moment, with it's soulful choral harmonies and stuttered rhythm guitar. This was a genuinely cracking discovery for me personally this Monday morning.



Ellen and the Escapades – ‘All The Crooked Scenes’

As an adopted Leeds man, Ellen and the Escapades are a band close to my heart and consciousness, after they broke through in 2010 to win Glastonbury's Emerging Talent award. This has unfortunately been somewhat of a kiss of death in the past few years, with Liz Green only just releasing her debut album five years after she won the same award. This is in fact the four-piece's first official single from their forthcoming debut album, but the wait has been worthwhile, blending their familiar acoustic elements with electric lead guitar that lends an urgency to the track. Ellen Smith's vocals are increasingly recognisable, and they are going to garner a lot of critical acclaim for the album if it follows on from this.



These Furrows – ‘No Invitation No Welcome / 3.16’

Not necessarily something I'd traditionally favour, These Furrows are pleasantly refreshing in a thrash genre I thought I'd written off to ill-advised teen angst along with Enter Shikari. I think the appeal of this track lies in its bravery; there is no fear in tackling vastly sepearte genres and sounds to create the completed release, as '3.16' shows through its juxtaposed images of math and metal. Throwing itself from leisurely, ryhthmic picked guitar into a thrilling, screamed chorus is bold, but call me old-fashioned and romantic but I quite like it.