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Hello and welcome to another great week of singles presented to you by Team 405. In a week that you can expect to be dominated by the news of Boards of Canada nerds getting lost in their headphones and walking into traffic, we bring you some great songs by Jon Hopkins, Portugal The Man, Balthazar and loads more...

Jon Hopkins - 'Open Eye Signal [Single of the Week]'

You'll probably recognise the name from the King Creosote & Jon Hopkins record that you saw receive a ton of critical acclaim, that you really meant to listen to. Well it turns out Jon Hopkins is the padawan of none other than Brian Eno, so start paying attention, he's also the purveyor of some of the finest dance music we've heard this year. 'Open Eye Signal' is the first single from his new album Imaturity, and if it's any indication of what is to come then we need to be getting very excited.

Portugal. The Man - 'Purple Yellow Red and Blue'

This Portland based five piece decided on a fresh approach for their new record Evil Friends, by fresh approach, we mean they approached uber fresh super producer Dangermouse to collaborate on it. This cut is a sure sign of the fun that followed. 'Purple Yellow Red & Blue' is buried beneath that trademark Dangermouse production. It's slick, it's danceable, and it's very very good.

Gaz Coombes Presents - 'One Of These Days'

As the songwriter of arguably the most criminally underrated Britpop bands, Supergrass, Gaz Coombes built his reputation. He marks his long awaited return to the scene with 'One Of These Days'. It's understated piano led pop. A world away from the band we love him for, which surprisingly, isn't a problem.

Balthazar - 'Sinking Ship'

This much loved indie five piece from Belgium share more mature melodies from their latest album 'Rats'. If you give it time, the good ship Balthazar will sink beneath your skin, and once it is there it will find a home in your heart. Worth taking the time to investigate.

Flash Bang Band - 'If You're Driving'

Indie rock never died. You just stopped paying attention. You awful, awful people. Fun can be had at the hands of this three piece from Brighton and we'd hate for you to miss out. 'If You're Driving' comes on like all the best underground bands of yesteryear. I'm getting tones of Urusei Yatsura and that, my friends, makes me happy.

Miles Kane - 'Don't Forget Who You Are'

Current darling of the NME, reviver of the Merseybeat scene (!), and well dressed uber lad Miles Kane hits the streets (and rooftops) attempting to reach a state of perpetual chorus in this truly awful music video. Set the music aside for a moment, Miles is a heavily invested corporate asset, making this video a series of cliches that any self respecting chain of decision makers should of vetoed. Sorry. Please continue to buy advertising space.

I saw the best minds of my generation fall into line, squirming soulless copy, dredging the superhighway for advertising hits...

We spent so long writing we forgot how to read. We forgot how to stand up for ourselves. We forgot how to dream. The fun has been lost within the perfect structure of our written world. We should never have applied a formula to something so subjective. X will never equal Y with so many variables. We should not condescend to the point until it does. As writers we should share our experiences, encouraging others to share in the positive ones, taking delight when they do. Seek to become a trusted voice. Honesty is integral to this. Your universal ever-changing truth is the only thing you have to separate you. These days you can drift in an internet full of words forever, announcing anything and everything, any fool can access information. For that matter, any fool can express an opinion, so make sure you mean what you say. Make sure it's concise. Make sure it's bulletproof. If you are prepared to publish it, to unleash it on the world, you should be prepared to lose a friend over it. That's a rule by the way. Do not compromise the integrity of your honesty. Towing a party line is just a conga. It's a waste of your time and talent when you should be dancing. To put it another way, follow a chain of people kissing ass and eventually, you'll reach the front to find someone looking bored with a dick in their hand.

In short. Stay honest, be true to yourself, practise what you love to do (whatever that is) until you do it better than you did before. Repeat. That's a rule by the way.

Jon Hopkins - 'Open Eye Signal [Single of the Week]'

If you scratch beneath the surface in a world of dance dominated by Daft Punk, Disclosure and whoever they finance next quarter, you'll find some exemplary sounds. Jon Hopkins is proof of that. This seven minute crescendo showcases his ear for life's subtle nuances. Obviously he has been aided by a working relationship with Brian Eno. Or so every jobbing journo will seek to tell you as they cling onto precious facts like life rafts. I can find all the intense fragility of humanity within the layers of this soundscape. It occupies all of the space my brain has to offer. Closing my eyes I am journeying through every best day ever. Every long festival weekend dancing on diminishing grass. Every summer party when daylight arrives too soon for my brain to comprehend. Wait for the change. Let it become you. It's worth turning up and dwelling on. This is a truly exceptional accomplishment that deserves both your money and your praise.

Portugal. The Man - 'Purple Yellow Red and Blue'

This song is pretty great. It ticks all the boxes. Dangermouse defines the term "super producer" these days. A guy that can work within the credibility vacuum of U2 then throw out a record like this deserves your respect if nothing else. Portugal The Man have always had talent. It's just taken DM to help it shine. Good on them for making it happen. Oh, if you are second guessing whether or not you are allowed to like this then you are doing life wrong. Let yourself enjoy the goodness of things, enjoy being alive. Try singing along to the chorus, "I just, wanna be evil, I just, wanna be evil" it's contagious. Put it on your headphones and go have a dance in the aisles of your local supermarket.

Gaz Coombes Presents - 'One Of These Days'

Fallen from his heavenly abode, our Gaz is desperately trying to grow up, bless him. Unfortunately maturity is not made by Postal Servicing a U2 riff over a boring piano line. Can't fault his voice though. Reminds me of the good old days. I hate to do this to the writer of so many excellent songs but I can't help but feeling like "the label" rejected the first batch of songs. Don't get despondent though Gaz, maybe once this has flopped and you're out of money you can bring Supergrass back to critical acclaim. It worked for Brett Anderson.

Balthazar - 'Sinking Ship'

Laid back and fairly infectious. These melodies are probably destined to soundtrack some godawful film like Sliding Doors or something of its ilk. There is enough here for you to love, but lets be honest, if it didn't work for Deus then it probably won't here in the long run. There will be plenty of people who cherish this though and I'm assuming it sounds great over dinner with a half decent bottle of Chateauneuf de Pape.

Flash Bang Band - 'If You're Driving'

When you're setting out to make indie rock these days without major financial assistance then you are going to be doing it the hard way. That's a painful truth. Flash Bang Band are a three piece from Brighton who do it all themselves and fair play to them. This is a pretty catchy summer song that sounds like my favourite teenage years. I guess I was lucky to have a favourite teenage year. I have good friends. Drawing on the best of those underground bands that we all clung tightly to before the internet. Y'know it wouldn't sound too out of place at an Alcopop party, and as you should know, those parties are fun. You shouldn't support them because they deserve your support. You should support them because they have good songs.

Miles Kane - 'Don't Forget Who You Are'

Talking of major financial assistance... Miles Kane represents the redundancy of knowledge within the major label setup and the corporate media. An echo of an echo. Allowed, nay encouraged, to promote casual sexism with his ridiculous brand of lad. Encapsulated in a tried and tested "Northern working class" ideal. Perpetuated to a misogynistic fault. All perfect clothes and one night stands. In a perfect world forgotten by tomorrow like the women he "cheekily" sleeps with. It's the choice of language used to discuss his casual objectification of women that annoys me. Like it isn't at all damaging to paint this prick as a role model. He is portrayed as someone we "love to hate" when in fact, I hate that I have to hate him. I hated the role he fills when the person before the person before him filled it. I was bored of it before Liam Gallagher played it and I'm rightly fucking fed up of it now. It wouldn't be ok if he could write a tune, but the poor bastard can't even do that, regurgitating other peoples ideas for another generation of dumbed down children. Can we all agree to move on and leave these people behind? I don't want to waste time having to explain the damaging nature of gender roles and the basic premise of equality, just because the mainstream press proliferate these opinions like they are normal. Like it's ok as long as it's said casually. Easily rebutted with "my Ma raised me and I have nuffink but respect for ze ladies" Like it's ok as long as it isn't said outright.

Well let me say this outright. Fuck him and fuck them. Have a good day.

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