Singles Club: Billy & Dolly + Sonny Elliot + Soulwax
There's a poppy sweetness undercutting the nervy jangle of Billy & Dolly's addictive "Can't Stay Calm." The song, about "finding a kindred blue soul," shows off the duo's pop sensibilities and love of boy-girl harmonies. Effortless in the most skillful of ways, this is a song that's just perfect for pining over certain someones to.
Speaking of pining, the lovelorn breathlessness of Sonny Elliot's "One Day With You" is pure, perfect puppy love. This dream pop confection is absolutely incandescent, heavy with the agony of longing but so very ethereal. The molten guitar and reverent vocals are just gorgeous. Southampton's brothers Peden cast all manner of spells with this smoky stunner, which you can find on the duo's debut EP Under Covers.
There's the Soulwax way, and then there's the other way. "Essential Three" wouldn't exist if not for the Soulwax way (nor would the entire Essential lp, for that matter), were it not for the Soulwax way. Instead of making a mix record as requested for the BBC, Soulwax went into the studio and pulled together twelve songs inspired by the word "essential." "Essential Three" is a massive, pulsating electronic heartbeat, diabolically danceable and confoundedly hypnotic. Thank fuck for the Soulwax way. From now on, ask yourself this: What Would Soulwax Do?