The Tragically Hip, from the forthcoming Now For Plan A; streaming here
The second single from the Hip’s next album drives strict and muscled, like a Humvee in a mood and on a hard deadline. Clear a path – the bass line slows for no one.
Talkin’ to Jehova
Kelly Joe Phelps, from Brother Sinner & the Whale (Black Hen); streaming here
“Crashing waves, don’t you break no bones; we’re just holding on.” Soulful, graceful and bluesy in a Chris Whitley way, this slide-guitar-driven beauty is based on Bible verses and suggests that a glory-bound march is about to pay off.
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
Taylor Swift, from the forthcoming Red; streaming here
The eyelashed icon doubles down on the dumb-down, issuing an unambiguous message in as plain-spoken a way as possible. This is highly juvenile pop, downloaded at inexcusably record-setting levels, with Swift singing “we” in the chorus as if she’s enjoying a roller-coaster ride to the bottom.
Into the Waves
Lisa Bozikovic, from This Is How We Swim; streaming here
Sombre, haunting stuff from the Toronto songstress, who neither fears oceans nor Cat Power comparisons.
Fatboy Slim, from the DVD Live: From the Big Beach Bootique; streaming here
The Brighton-born DJ Norman Cook praises a soccer stadium full of hometown fans like he should, with confetti streams, fire-extinguisher blasts, knob twiddles and a big bow from dance-floor maestro.