Following the success of Disclosure last week, and my flat out refusal to accept that I am no longer a fresher and now have a dissertation to write, this week has seen my slight induction into dance music, with my impossibly wide definition of the genre proving just how ill-informed I am to write about it. Nevertheless, my Single of the Week reflects my changing tastes, as The 2 Bears take the crown, with tracks also out from Kindness and Clock Opera. Where did all the guitar music go?


The 2 Bears – 'Work'

I first heard this before Christmas, and hold it personally responsible for helping me dance myself thin before the turkey and Baileys hit with a vengeance. Opening on house pianos, then exploding into a simple yet infuriatingly dancey chorus, this is an outstanding track from an outstanding album. My housemate has just compared it to Jona Lewie, but I'd take that as a massive compliment; it's dance music without all the pretentious sensitivity, actually conforming to the one necessity of the vague genre and getting the most stubborn listener moving.



Kindness – ‘SEOD’

I warned you, plenty of electronica this week, so if you're a fan of Ben Howard or similar folk botherers then you may be better off waiting until next week. The shimmering synths of 'SEOD' are laughably out of touch with the current snow and ice, and couldn't be better suited to dragging us towards the summer if it were lobster pink and drinking beer for breakfast. he vocal intro at two mins gives the track a texture, subtly exchanging harmony with the glittering production as it branches out to a beautiful ambience that is actually incredibly accessible, recalling earlier nineties dance. Again, the brass of the final third gives substance, as the track takes on mix-like qualities, effortlessly streaming between influences. You could comfortably listen to this track as a much longer creation.



Clock Opera – ‘Once and For All’


This unbearably touching video is sound tracked aptly by 'Once and For All', but I know that it will ruffle feathers to admit that I don't think this quite matches up to the dizzy heights of previous releases such as 'Lesson No. 7', where the track grew outwards from the opening piano, whereas this dangerously floats around the same idea for five minutes without, in my opinion, taking it anywhere new. hat said, what is new nowadays? This is a decent song, with a fantastic video, and the album due in April will undoubtedly be incredible and prove me very wrong.