And so it com(eth) to pass(eth) that I will blog(eth) about my top tunes(eth) of the year(eth)…. and you won’t give a shit..(eth) So here they izz, in no particular order:
Labrinth - Earthquake
I met Labrinth this year and he was one of the nicest celeb types i’ve ever ever worked with. Plus this tune more infectious than your crabs.
SBTRKT - Pharoahs
I accidentally saw SBTRKT live 3 times this year. Each time this tune blew me sideways. It’s a beaut.
Azelia Banks - 212
My friend who produces a radio show nearly played the unedited version of this on her show. Good job she didn’t because Azelia has a potty mouth….but she does make exceedingly good tunes.
Bombay Bicycle Club - Shuffle
Straddling the line between cool indie and chart contenders, this group are getting stronger and stronger.
Rizzle Kicks - Down with the trumpets
Stupidly cool, bloody hot, annoyingly talented and only 19. Bastards.
Coldplay - Charlie Brown
It might not be cool to like Coldplay but I couldn’t give two shits. The best live band in the world. This song is epic.
Little Boots - Shake
I know, Little Boots right? This dropped onto the interwebs a couple of months back and has been pleasantly invading my earholes ever since. Well done The Boots.
Friendly Fires - Blue Cassette
Dancing to this whilst fucked in a field with my best mates at Glastonbury this year is a memory that will live with me forever. One day i’ll dance as well as Ed from the group. One day.
Britney Spears - Till The World Ends
Yes, she had nothing to do with this album and yes it was fucking awesome. This is an awesome nugget of crispy pop perfection.
Kanye West - All Of The Lights
Kanye once again ignoring what’s cool and producing something interesting, original, exciting and incredibly self indulgent.
Joe Goddard - Gabriel
CHRIST! I very nearly forgot about this nugget. Joe Goddard has done some great stuff this year and this is a decadent slab of amazingness.
I’m a little freaked out that The Great Escape Festival is here again. It seems only 2 mins ago I was running around Brighton with a recording kit shoving a microphone in front of various bands faces and demanding they talk to me about their music and stuff. Interviewing (the beautiful) Tigs from Chew Lips on the beach was a highlight last year. We were both hungover to high hell….. anyway, here are bands what I want to see this year (innit)
Yeah, an obvious choice but the chance to watch them play their new and amazing album ‘Pala’ live? Too bloody right. Its barely left my ears for the last few days and is sounding better and better on each listen. A friend once described their euphoric stylings like ‘the sound of falling in love’…. I know this makes her sound like a massive wanker but I totally agree. (Maybe i’m a massive wanker?)
Their sound has been described as ‘Louis Armstrong lost in a disco’ - sounds pretty sweet to me. They use trumpets, strings, glockenspiel and 4 part harmonies to create incredibly uplifting singalong ditties. This one is gonna be good.
The female MC who bloody deserves to be riding high in the charts. Incredibly slick tunes, great flow and original style and production. This is ‘Get Dark’
Dirty, grimey, bouncy - this guy was discovered by John Peel at the age of 16 and quickly signed to Ninja Tune. I first heard ‘ShapeShift’ at the end of last year and it’s just fantastic. Intrigued to see how he reproduces this sound live.
Dave Grohl recently tweeted -“I would like to personally thank The Joy Formidable for writing song of the year “Whirring”. Dave xxx”….. what an accolade. They got signed to Atlantic Records earlier this year so i’m interested to see if/how their sound has changed. This is the aforementioned ‘Whirring’. Dave <3 Joy Formidable
….and finally. Yuck. Born from the remains of Cajun Dance Party (who?) come Yuck. They are from London and their songs are built around incredibly infectious guitar riffs which imbed themselves in my skull for days on end. In terms of sound - think somewhere between Placebo and The Strokes. Excited about this one.
So will I see all these bands? Probably not. I’ll do what I normally do. Get too drunk on the first night and spend the next two days regretting it and carrying on drinking….and missing bands. Ah well. The thought was there.