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john maus
now hear this (tracks and downloads)
Our pick of the new music that's coming your way.

john maus 1. john maus
do your best (upset the rhythm)

Having played for both Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti and Panda Bear, John Maus comes with impressive credentials, if scratchy synthesizer theatrics are your thing. Standout track on current album Love Is Real is the beautiful Do Your Best, which, he claims, has been described by critics as “frankly awful” and the sound of “a man crapping out of his mouth”. Surely not? AC

the parsonage2. the parsonage
900 miles (osscarr)

While they may not sing about lowing cattle or wondering stars, there is still something pleasingly Christmasy about Glasgwegian choir The Parsonage. Their debut EP is being released by Optimo Singles Club, and includes a haunting version of the 19th-century railroad ballad 900 Miles. AC

guilty simpson3. guilty simpson
get riches (stones throw)

Stones Throw, a label usually known for their blunted aesthetic, take a sharp street detour with their new artist, Detroit’s Guilty Simpson. Get Riches is a simple brass-led headnodder that does the bare minimum, leaving all the more space for Simpson to blaze his rhymes. This is the nice version – if you want to hear the dirty one, you’ll have to work out what rhymes with riches. SY

yesking4. yesking
stye come different (yes king)

Grand Central’s Mark Rae returns with a new partner, Rhys Adams, and a sound that’s rougher round the edges than some of his old Rae & Christian work. Style Come Different feels like an Anglo take on DJ Skribble’s ancient Baby C’Mon, with added emphasis on the dancehall vocals and a splash of electro squiggle. SY

mountain machine5. mountain machine
mountain machine (this is not an exit)

With microscopically detailed electronics, a metronomic math-rock beat and clever instrumental progressions there’s definitely a highbrow aspect to the debut single from secretive UK band Mountain Machine, out early next year. But there are also some axe-wielding guitar solos which sound like the nerds whipping off their specs and putting their feet on the monitors instead. PC

the heliocentrics6. the heliocentrics
winter song (now-again records)

Sinister and slightly stoned-sounding, Winter Song is taken from psychedelic UK funk band The Heliocentrics’ new LP Out There. Currently working with David Axelrod, they’ve also been fêted by the likes of DJ Shadow and Madlib, and this could be the soundtrack to one of the latter’s more disorientating dreams.PC

Tips by: Paul Clarke, Amber Cowan and Steve Yates.

13 December 07

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