At the heart of the big money music industry is this paradox: the more that you indulge the voice that people empathise with, the less likely people are to empathise with it. From there it spirals out of control, before you know what has happened you're paying for Miles Kane to keep calm and carry on when the entirety of his talent can be equated to that of a flaccid micropenis in a wind tunnel. Here are your Singles of the Week:


P.O.S. - 'sleepdrone/superposition'

We've been conditioned to accept the boundaries of music as solid, impassable structures, boxing artists into genres or restricting them to increasingly routine habits until all signs of their spirit have been nullified. This much is clear. A nine-minute song from a hip-hop artist is not the norm we expect, and we're not sure how to approach it, but there are only a handful of artists who can blend the personal and the political like Stefon Alexander. This track is vital, necessary, it needed to be taken out of his head, it had to be made. You get the feeling that it became an obsession, to get it out, to get rid of all of it. For all of its power, the way the supporting sound is constructed to allow it to build and flow - it's the song of the year so far.


Julianna Barwick - 'Nebula'

You can try to categorise music like this, you can try to explain what it is and give it meaning, but you're missing the point. When it is done well, it is simply a mirror, it is whatever you are at that point in time. Or rather, it allows you a little freedom to be whatever you are at that point in time.


Dälek - 'Guaranteed Struggle'

You can dig deep into Dälek and be sure that you'll never reach the bottom. This is more of the same that we know and love, ahead of an album that comes out in April.


Star Parks - 'Theoretical Girls'

I like this, my Mum would like this, you probably like this. What's not to like?



I did some market research and my friend told me they wished they could listen to the music I liked without having to put up with my shit. So I made a spotify playlist with as many songs from this year as i could find on there... but I think that's quite enough. I promise to give this column all of the care and attention that something that is outdated and overlooked in a couple of days deserves. You can submit your music to The 405 by using your initiative and clicking around the site, although I will unsubscribe from your mailing list. Have a great day.