Those with an eye for detail will note we're a day late with this award-winning feature. Basically, after listening to that new single by The Enemy on Sunday, we were plunged into a dark depression that needed therapy, alcohol and some tablets to recover from. Plus, we went to see Bonnie "Prince" Billy and it was really late by the time we got home.


The Snake by Wildbirds & Peacedrums

A male-female duo who aren't The White Stripes or Fiery Furnaces, but are married like the former were and who make idiosyncratic, extended freak-outs like the latter. The Snake is odd, a bit of a challenge but well worth it in the end. Much like the film Mean Girls.


'Angela' by Jarvis Cocker

This is the first taster from Cocker's forthcoming second solo album, Further Complications. You can download it for free form here. Recorded by Steve Albini, it's got fuzzy guitars, hand-claps and is about a lady called Angela. We knew a girl called Angela once - she used to let her dog dry hump her leg.


Sounds of the Universe by Depeche Mode

We've always been a fan of Basildon's finest, but even we've noticed a drop in their standards of late. New single 'Wrong' sounded like a return to form and there are certainly some dark pop gems on this their 400th album.