last year’s jams: man;

Honestly, I have been bursting with anticipation for the new Neko Case album ever since I was lucky enough to hear a few tracks live at her Village Underground show last month. “Man” is the first official taste of that album and it does not disappoint: wickedly funny gender-bending lyrics and a splash of southern soul combine to hint at a worthy successor to the majesty of 2009’s Middle Cyclone.

Case has gone down the Fiona Apple route to titling albums, with the lengthy – but evocative – The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You. It’s out on Anti- in September, but you can preorder now from the Neko Case webstore.