Weekend Listening: Velociraptor, Tame Impala, The Black Keys ft. RZA

JODY MACGREGOR picks out the best bits of music this week – from Velociraptor out-rolling the Stones to RZA and The Black Keys doing something untoward with a bear.

Tasty, tasty pop hooks

In a week when The Rolling Stones release a new single that sounds rather like their old songs, except maybe for that bit about Mick Jagger fighting zombies, Brisbane one-million-piece band Velociraptor have outdone them. This is what weaponising ‘60s pop to fight zombies would really be like.

Strawberry Fields Forever – no, really, forever

On the subject of music that sounds like it’s from the 1960s, here’s a new song from Tame Impala’s album Lonerism. ‘Feels Like We Only Go Backwards’ sounds like The Beatles at their psychedelic peak, falsetto vocals and guitars being played by a gentle breeze in a swaying field instead of human hands. Maybe we are going backwards, but this will chill you out so much you won’t care.

Shut your mouth

This is from the soundtrack to The Man With the Iron Fist, a kung-fu extravaganza directed by RZA from The Wu-Tang Clan. RZA also pops up in the middle of this jam by The Black Keys to rap about the baddest man alive, and how he can “bearhug a grizzly, suck milk from her titty.” Shaft never did that.

Sad music makes you happy

Even before Trent Reznor’s vocals come in, How To Destroy Angels’ ‘Keep It Together’ sounds quite like Nine Inch Nails. Echoing and gloomy, downbeat and distant. Mariqueen Maandig even sounds like she’s placing her emphases in the places Reznor would, singing despairing declarations like “I could disappear” and “I can’t keep it together.” From an EP due on November 13.

Born without a silver spoon

Montreal duo Purity Ring team up with Detroit MC Danny Brown for ‘Belispeak II’. The clapping beats might remind you of the 1990s, but stick with it and forgive the Auto-Tune, and by the end you’ll be in some kind of Blade Runner future. Purity Ring’s Megan James sings soft while Brown raps hard (he was raised with a rusty shovel instead of a silver spoon: great line), but they’re united in insomniac worry. You should stop listening to banging beats before bedtime, kids.