Kasabian, “Bless This Acid House”
For Crying Out Loud (Columbia/Sony)
Recommended If You Like: Killers, Snow Patrol, some Oasis
Sixth album from spunky post-Britpop band from Leicester and their first-ever to come with a parental advisory single. These guys have been a favourite of mine for a long time (love that first album from 2004) but like a few other British bands (cf. Biffy Clyro, Kaiser Chiefs, Klaxons), they’ve never been able to ascend to much above cult status in North America. I think they should be at least as popular in North America as the Arctic Monkeys. If the alt-rock dance club scene around here was as healthy as it once was, this would be a major anthem.
Wolf Alice, “Yuk Foo”
Visions of a Lie (Dirty Hit/RCA)
RIYL: A righteous kick in the head
Awesome. Stunning. Breathtaking. If the rest of this album (due September 29) is as good as this glorious two-minute song, it will have healing powers. Just be careful because the video is pretty strobe-y and we don’t want anyone getting in trouble.
Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs, “Talk 2 Her”
Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs (Dine Alone)
RIYL: Cheap Trick, Teenage Fanclub, Big Star
This self-described “6 piece rock’n’roll band from hell” from Toronto has cranked out some seriously good power pop over the last couple of years. It’s taken two years for this follow-up, but it’s been worth the wait. It’s also the first time these guys have worked in a real studio. Note the harmonies, too. Cool video, too!
Beth Ditto, “Fire”
Fake Sugar (Capitol/Virgin)
RIYL: Adele, Robyn, Dusty Sprinfield
The last time I spoke to Beth Ditto, we were in a London hotel room speaking about one of the last albums from The Gossip. That band has long since dissolved and Beth is back as a solo artist. This is her first full-length album (there was an EP back in 2011) and early reviews have been excellent. Give this track a chance to grow on you. It will.
The Royal Foundry, “Never Have Time”
RIYL: Mumford and Sons mashed up with Arcade Fire
This quartet run by husband-and-wife team of Alberta-based Bethany Schumacher and Jared Salte originally started as a folk duo but has since evolved into something more alt-electro-pop over just two years.