Don’t miss a beat! ‘Sheer quality’ for your ear lobes… MM’s top tracks of the week

Don’t Miss A Beat is here to recommend five tracks a week. Rather than being a standard ‘five new tracks you must hear’ it will comprise a selection of music that fall into five categories. 

There will be a new track and older track in some way related to the new track, a track from a recently released album, a track somewhat related to the week just past, and a track by an artist playing in Manchester in the coming week.

New Track: Euros Childs – Fruit and Veg

This week, due to the sheer quality of the albums due for release, two tracks will be taken from a forthcoming LP rather than one.

I discovered Euros Childs this week by listening to Vic Galloway’s stint on 6 Music. Although not really that new itself, this track is the first single which was taken from his album Sweetheart, which is due out on October 2.

So this track is new to me and the rest of the record will be new to everyone – soon.

Old Track: Cardiacs – Is This The Life?

Another discovery from this week and related to Euros Childs, only due to the fact that it was discovered on the same evening.

But the amazing weirdness of this band makes nice contrast to the catchy pop songs and domestic scenes in the above Euros Childs video.

Endlessly inventive, Cardiacs are a truly exciting band that fit so much into their songs that it is impossible to predict anything. This is just a small part of a back catalogue well worth exploring.

Track from an Album from This Week: Kurt Vile – Wild Imagination

One of many fantastic tracks from Kurt Vile’s latest album b’lieve i’m going down. The whole thing can be streamed at Matador Records’ blog page so you can give it a listen before you go out and get hold of it for yourself.

This particular track is the album’s closer and shows Vile at his most melancholy. A more sombre affair than previous record Wakin’ On A Pretty Daze, this latest album features the likes of Warpaint’s Stella Mozgawa playing drums on lead single Pretty Pimpin’.

It is absolutely worth your time and money.

Relevant Track to This Week: Heads, Hands & Feet – Warming Up The Band

September 21, 1971: seminal music television program The Old Grey Whistle Test aired for the first time. It aimed to broadcast music not usually found on the likes of Top Of The Pops to music fans not as used to seeing the things they liked on TV.

The program’s Spartan set-up and discerning taste would go on to become legendary. Here’s the first ever track to be performed on the show.

Gig To See: Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind – Boil Yer Blood

Frontman of garage rock stalwarts The Jim Jones Revue makes an appearance with his new band at Sound Control next week on October 1.

Expect extreme volume and a typically raucous evening. Latest single Boil Yer Blood was released on September 8 this year and is perhaps the best offering from the band so far. A brilliantly weird video accompanies it. It’s worth going along to the gig for this track alone.

Find tickets here.

Image courtesy of FunGi_(Trading), with thanks.

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