No doubt the Lawrence brothers have their thoughts fixed on this Wednesday’s Mercury Music Prize, where they’re in with a very decent chance of being the first out-and-out dance act to win the award since Roni Size in 1997. It’s hard to say whether non-Settle track ‘Apollo’ is a last-minute bit of lobbying or an attempt to draw attention away from all the awards hubbub, but either way, it’s here.
Despite its title, ‘Apollo’ isn’t a nod back to the woozy ambient techno peddled by the R&S imprint of the same name throughout the 1990s. Rather, it’s a brisk house track, somewhat greyscale compared to Settle‘s full-colour charms. Click below to listen; alternatively, peep our full (and not exactly deferential) analysis of the Mercury shortlist.