Welcome to another Singles Roundup! Info: The Third Degree - Mercy Release date: Out Now! Website: http://www.myspace.com/trisoundmyspace I don't particularly like Duffy, or her hit 'Mercy', but this cover is pretty damn fantastic. It's an upbeat and funkier version of the Welsh singers song and is the creation of The Third Degree. Vocally it's a master-class in Northern Soul and as a band they've managed to cover a huge song and ultimately make it better, which isn't easy. Rating: 8/10 Info: Buck Brothers - You're So Good, Good, Good You're Great Release date: Out Now! Website: http://www.myspace.com/buckbrothers I had the displeasure of reviewing their last single and although this song is slightly less annoying than their previous effort, it's still pretty dire. Punky, pointless and stupid. Rating: 3/10 Info: Vandeville Falls - When I Fall Release date: 06/07/09 Website: http://www.vandevillefalls.com The issue I have with this single is that I shouldn't feel tried at 11 in the morning. I had a good night sleep, I've eaten some food and the sunshine is powering through my window. To say this song is putting me to sleep would be an understatment. It's just a bit 'middle of the road' for my liking. The singers voice is quite nice though, especially on 'Rapture' (b-side). Rating:5/10 Info: Rose Elinor Dougall - Start/Stop/Synchro Release date: 14/06/09 Website: http://www.myspace.com/roseelinordougallmusic Ex Pipette singer Rose Elinor Dougall has left her polka dot dress in the wardrobe and swapped it for an ambient swirly night gown. It's not particularly exciting but is definitely a huge departure from The Pipettes sound and in a good way too. Rating: 6/10 Info: Lucky Elephant - Edgar/Elephant Release date: 05/07/09 Website: http://www.myspace.com/luckyelephantmusic Blimey! In the last 6 months The Kooks managed to get some musicality, write sone good songs and managed to expand their musical horizons. Ahh, just kidding. It's Lucky Elephant, not The Kooks. Seriously though, imagine the pop beauty of The Kooks but done by people with talent. Nice work guys. Rating:7.5/10 Info: Cheatahs - Warrior/Minotaur Release date: 30/06/09 Website: http://www.myspace.com/cheatahssuck Cheatahs is the new project from Nathan Hewitt (Little Death). 'Warrior' is a melancholic, fuzzy nightmare whilst 'Minotaur' descends even further into the depths of lo-fi noise. Quite enjoyable though and gets me excited to hear a full length release. Rating: 7/10 Info: Girls - Hellhole Ratrace *SINGLE OF THE WEEK* Release date: 06/07/09 Website: http://www.myspace.com/girlssanfran I'm pretty sure that this song will be played at my funeral. The downhearted spirit mixed with a romantic spine reminds me of Morrissey but without the pomp or fanfare. Lovely. Rating: 8/10 Info: UH OHs - I Can't Wait/I Am Underdog Release date: 29/06/09 Website: http://www.myspace.com/uhohs1 Double A-Side yeah? That's what everyones doing these days! Thankfully the Uh Oh's have picked two strong songs. 'I Cant Wait' sounds a bit like a British Indie version of The Yeah Yeah Yeah's whilst ' I Am Underdog' is a bit too Topshop indie for my liking, though solid. Rating: 6.9/10