The brainchild of Los Angeles artist Adam Finkel, Alek Fin specializes in electronic music that straddles gentle pop, adult contemporary, with just enough experimentation to give it enough edginess. The twitchiness of Thom Yorke, the smoothness of James Blake, and the crooning of Patrick Watson, if you will.
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Starting off with a wicked opening riff nicked straight from Wire, the new track by Los Angeles band the Singles (the real Singles, not the celebrity band formerly known as the Singles) quickly shifts into the kind of hooky garage punk rock ‘n’ roll that they’ve always excelled at. It’s a small taste of what you can expect from their fourth album, which will be released in early 2016.
Back in early August we premiered the contagious powerpop title track from A Fragile Tomorrow’s new album. Bearing an endearing similarity to XTC and Big Star (what better bands to emulate?) Make Me Over is a rich and wonderfully catchy album by the South Carolina band, and although it comes out on 16 October, it’s too good not to share a week early. The band agreed, and the album can be streamed below.
Timothy Gabriele: A good hook is all a track needs sometimes. I think most would be content to here Killer Mike and El-P rap the phone book at this point, but I for one am glad to hear a non-cat related RTJ project come out this year. There’s plenty of fantastic music for the era that the Rubble Kings documentary covers, so it’s unusual that they’d commission new music for its score, but one couldn’t imagine a more badass or appropriate tune for an opener than this. Killer Mike glides so smoothly in and around the beats that he makes it seem effortless, and El-P gets a bonus point and smiley face sticker for his use of alliteration. [8/10]