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Singles: DD Dumbo, Empire Of The Sun, 100% & More

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DIE ANTWOORD : We Have Candy

For all their many shortcomings, I kinda dig some of Die Antwoord’s rave rap bangers. We Have Candy is dumb. Not even dumb fun. It’s vaudevillian idiocy, a diss track at Starbucks I think. Sometimes novelty isn’t novel.

 

DD DUMBO : Walrus

There are shades of Dirty Projectors’ guitar flourish, and their vocal stunts, also, in Walrus. It largely works, coming together for a series of moments quite easy on the ears. It carries with a gentle, welcoming momentum. There’s nothing mind-blowing here, but a nice follow up from previous single, Satan. Some tricks work ­– the surprise love-invoking folk breakdown – and some don’t, the overwrought vocal-play loop at the end. Still, the debut album is set to be a corker.

 

EMPIRE OF THE SUN : High And Low

Can whoever is booking these cunts for festival headline slots (it seems to be no one in Australia, so you’re off the hook) stop encouraging these festering shit-grade insipid attempts at car ad anthems? Cheers.

 

DANNY BROWN : Pneumonia

Danny Brown usually makes quite fun music. This isn’t fun, but it’s stunning growth. There’s no crutch of cheap hook, instead diving into gritty production, a world away from molly anthems, still engaging in its industrial palette. It’s a good sign for new album Atrocity Exhibition, out end of next month.

 

SINGLE OF THE WEEK

100% : Lost Youth

Brissie trio 100% push their synths into pyrotechnic fanfare on Lost Youth, stoking hypnotic momentum with incremental euphoria. It’s an exponential lift, each element utilised as a stepping stone for the next. It’s inspired. Taken from the album You Are 100%, out pretty soon-ish.