Weekender: The 10 Best Songs Of The Week

A handy recap of the best songs featured in the past seven days of our New Music Section.

Featuring glorious cuts from Disclosure, Mausi, This Is Head, Savages and more. Consider your Sunday listening sorted.

Savages – I Am Here

We’ve been calling broody noir-punks Savages the “best live band at the moment” for some time, and this here video shows why it’s not all hyperbole. Watch the fourpiece perform ‘I Am Here’ at London’s Electrowerkz below.

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Dauwd – And

UK producer Dauwd announced a new EP this week. Scheduled for 12 March, the short-player, taking the name Heat Division, will be released via long-term label Pictures Music and electronic heavyweights Ghostly International. Listen to the enthralling EP closer ‘And’ and be prepared to fall deep.

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Waze & Odyssey – Be Right There

Rising dance music duo, Waze & Odyssey, known for their infectious blend of house and garage, turning pulsing beats, shreds of vocals loops, and melodic tempo swells and dips into instant club hits, welcome 2013 with their debut release for MadTech Records.

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Duck House – Flaw

Sexy, funk-splashed harmonies do a lil’ dance for a rhythm section cloaked in a synth-haze afterglow. Duck House is the insatiable side-project of UK band,The Cads. With a handful of catchy melodies laced through slow jam acoustics and magnetic guitar jangles up on their Soundcloud, this new project has become a reliable source for feel good jams to keep on repeat all day long. Side projects are all the rage in 2013. Acclimate yourselves accordingly.

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Gaps – When I’m Gone

Seven days ago nobody had a clue who bedroom recording project Gaps were; and to be fair, a week has passed and thanks to a total social media blackout, we’re still none the wiser. So what do we actually know about Gaps? Well they’re from Brighton, one of them is a bloke called Ed and they’re experts in the field of spectacularly melancholy alt pop. Created by, in their own words, ‘seagulls, a guitar, laptops and red wine’ Gaps manage to convey feelings of such poetic despondency it’s hard to label them as mere students of laptop wizardry; this lot, whoever they may be, are the real deal.

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Bonobo – Cirrus

Bonobo has inspired a generation through his blend of vintage samples, hip hop and funk fused beats, and the ability to illuminate any space through his distinct take on electronic music. ‘Cirrus’ is the beginning of a long awaited new chapter for fans still clinging to the producer’s earlier works.

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This Is Head – AB Version

Criminally underrated Malmö quartet, This Is Head have floated the first track from their upcoming second LP, The Album ID, due out 27 March on Adrian Recordings. Tinkling idiophones, triumphant horns and spaced out samples all contribute to the dreamy but nonetheless purposeful and energetic aesthetic; while a discordant guitar riff cuts through the pleasant cooing of synthetic strings, lending a distinctly krauty flavour to the track.

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Mausi – Move

Sounding like the bastard love-child of Alphabeat and Passion Pit, Newcastle based quartet Mausi epitomise the term ‘pop hit’ with their latest single.  Its very essence so completely adorable that, if it were a tactile object, you’d wrap yourself up in it for all eternity – the musical equivalent of a really expensive Slanket. Mausi embrace the good things in life and it shows in their music: pure, unadulterated pop at its finest.

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Disclosure – White Noise (ft. Aluna Francis)

A future classic if ever there was one, we’ve had ‘White Noise’ on repeat for the majority of the week with each play unravelling a new hook; another reason to hit the repeat button. The elasticity of the beats bounce off of Aluna’s disarming vocal, creating a combination of forces that will undoubtedly see the track hurtle towards the Top 10 at a rate of knots come its release in March.

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Jacques Greene – Quicksand

Montreal house maestro Jacques Greene is quickly becoming one of electronic music’s most sought after personalities and if the ocean deep beats prevalent on his simmering new track ‘Quicksand’ are anything to go by, you don’t have to be an expert in the genre to work out why.  An instantly refreshing track with soothing repetitive vocals and blissful bass throbs whisking you far far away from these freezing climes.

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