Dev Hynde feels discomfort playing live. Asked whether he gets that buzz from connecting with an audience, he says: “I kinda don’t! I’m appreciative but I still get really nervous.” In contrast with Test Icicles’ creative beehive, Lightspeed Champion is Hynde stripped, his vocals leading compassionate songs. “When I was recording, I was listening to a lot of hip hop. To be a good MC all you have is your rhythm pattern, the words you’re saying and how effective it is. You can hear it in ‘Midnight Surprise’…” As this charmingly unnatural frontman sings a line, illustrating its melodic emphasis on certain words, the tension between his courage to exhibit and portray such frank music and his concerned shyness is plain.
Brighton band Elle Milano's new single (29th October) is characteristically intelligent and riotous, but I can't decide whether I like the b-side more, which manages to get sentimental and remain scathing in the middle:
Finally here are James Murphy and Morrissey nasal singing in a manner Julie Andrews would commend: