The best (and worst) new singles this week: Peluché, Terry, and more

New tracks from Peluché, Terry, and more

Peluché : Figure Me Out

The drip feed of singles from Peluché’s debut LP underlines the London trio’s wide-sweeping dynamic curiosity. Far from rambling, Peluché’s intuitive synergy is so strong the band are emboldened to traipse from pop to afrobeat, dance to jazz. ‘Figure Me Out’ revolves around a barely-contained bass groove and some equally fleshy drumming. The lead vocal, meanwhile, exudes effortless grace and draws allusions to the chamber pop of Grizzly Bear.

Ghetts ft Kojey Radical : Black Rose 

I’ve always been baffled when people express concern about the oppression of women based on the fact they have a mother/sister/daughter. Isn’t basic compassion enough? Ghetts skims this line of thinking on ‘Black Rose’, but there’s no question his heart is in the right place. Over a decidedly downbeat instrumental, the UK rapper makes a broad critique of institutionalised racism, recognising the aggravated plight of women of colour when the men closest to them routinely dish out abuse. Ghetts doesn’t pretend to have all the answers, but effectively communicates the erosive effects of systemic hostility.

Terry : Bureau

Despite keeping a low profile, Terry have pumped out three records since 2016, each one a fucking stinker (good thing). ‘Bureau’, from I’m Terry, finds the Melbourne band at the crest of indie rock. As power chords cruise in 4/4 time, the impressionistic lyrics criticise without being flagrant. Within these modest parameters, Terry inject unease via flashes of discordance and slight modal transgressions. The lyrics likewise exert a compound effect, raising alarm about over-population, corporate greed and the intense boredom of modern convenience.

Disclosure : Moonlight

I didn’t listen to Disclosure’s second LP beyond the singles, but was quietly pleased it received roundly lukewarm reviews. These spoilt (and talented) kids need some resistance to rail against. On ‘Moonlight’, the first of five new singles, the Lawrence brothers reclaim the joy that made their early releases such critical and crowd favourites. ‘Moonlight’ shows how mainstream house music can avoid being trashy or contrived. Not an all-time banger, perhaps, but a welcome wash of sun.