The latest to join UK’s new wave of pop inspired by the ’90s, vocalist Jess Mills seems to opt for a new spin on the pulsating, melancholy sound of late-’90s trip-hop. She previously sang on Breakage‘s dance hit “Fighting Fire”, and has since been working with the dubstep producer for her album. Her debut single “Vultures” is a piece of atmospheric, dark but subdued electronic pop, a grower that guarantees repeated listens. It’s a fitting soundtrack, should you decide to take one of those contemplative walks in desolate streets at night. For remixes, she managed to recruit all the familiar names of yesteryear: Photek, Nu:Tone & MJ Cole. You can download MJ Cole’s soothing dubstep take below, though the Photek mix is probably my favorite of the bunch. I’m anxious to hear more from her, because… let’s face it, people, it’s about time for a new Dido (and I mean that in a good way!). Watch the suitably moody video for the track, then stream her cover of The Cure’s “A Forest” after the jump.
Rather out of the blue, Seattle-based dream-pop/shoegaze band Trespassers William just released a collection of rarities, consisting of unreleased covers, remixes, and alternate takes, on Bandcamp. It’s one for the loyal fans, but not to be missed is their much-coveted (well, for me) cover of The Innocence Mission’s “Tomorrow On The Runway”. It was recorded for a tribute compilation that was eventually shelved, and remained unreleased until now. Both Karen Peris and Anna-Lynne Williams are two favorite vocalists of mine, and the original is the sort of unbearably beautiful folk song that, for lack of a better expression, can make grown men cry. So the idea of Trespassers William covering this particular song is just too good to be true.
The band had also recorded their version of Muppets tune “The Rainbow Connection” as a sweet little lullaby. Stream/free download below.