Bursting back into everyone's consciousness, the Arctic Monkeys unexpectedly released new single 'R U Mine?' to the world last week. The thumping opening drumbeat immediately confirmed that they have already abandoned the 60s inspired grooves of Suck It And See, substituting them with suave rock 'n' roll riffs that prove that the Arctic Monkeys can master whatever style they choose.
'R U Mine?' is entwined with Alex Turner's distinctive witticisms, with the difficult, on-off nature of his former relationship with Alexa Chung being the track's underlying subject matter. Musically, the track is the perfect blend of the old and the new, with the new, fuzzier guitar licks effortlessly combining with the in-your-face immediacy of their sophomore album Favourite Worst Nightmare. The result is a new sound for the Arctic Monkeys that continues to push their music forward, whilst still retaining the band's unique feel. If this is a sign of things to come, then their next album can't arrive soon enough.