Skrillex comes in fourth on BBC Sound of 2012

I must say, I’m not a huge fan of American DJ Skrillex, but he’s come fourth for the BBC’s Sound of 2012.

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First Watch: La Puma ‘Hotter’

I mentioned La Puma in June 2010 and patiently waited for their camp Swedish electropop to take over the world. It hasn’t yet, but in the meantime we have this wonderful piece of video to enjoy.

Niki & The Dove come in fifth on BBC Sound of 2012

BBC announced today Swedish electro duo Niki & The Dove have come in 5th in the Sound of 2012. Impressive!

The Finnish really do the most bizarre music videos

Remember this music video featured a while back with some dancing nuns? Well this clip is by another Finnish pop starlet called Chisu. The song itself is brilliant- I’d love to hear an English version, but the video is in another league and is just very uplifting.

Another day, another way…

Happy new year! Let’s face it, 2011 was kinda pants for most people, but there seems to be a lot of good vibes kicking around for 2012.

So in the spirit of things, I thought I’d start the first post of the year with one of the happiest tracks I know, by Jamie Lidell. It’s not new, but it’s about love and it’s optimistic- and we can never have enough of either of those.

I was up by over 100k hits on Alfitude in 2011 from the previous year, which is a huge, huge jump and one that makes me smile- so thank you for coming here. I really hope your dreams happen this year, because we all deserve it.

I have a couple of ambitions that I would love to see through, but I think 2011’s toughened me enough to not fuss too much if they don’t go through!

What are you doing New Year’s Eve?

500 Days of Summer co-stars Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt duet on this ridiculously cute rendition of ‘What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve’. Whatever you get up to- have fun!

New Music: Poolside

Uplifting, minimal electropop along the veins of Passion Pit but with that sunny LA vibe kicking in the back. Check out here.

New Music: Marlon Roudette

Radio-friendly pop. Kinda sad to listen to, but it’s been a huge hit in Europe. Check out here.

Party Swedish Style

This has been around for a really long time in Sweden but I notice I’ve never mentioned it on here. Anyway, enjoy the last Friday of 2011!

New Music: Redlight

Continuing with the 90’s theme for today, this is one stomper of a revival track. Azealia Banks should do a take on this. Check out here.

New Music: Woman E

This got me excited when I heard it for the first time. It’s 90’s revival done brilliantly to the point of sending me back to being 13 listening to one of those Smash Hits tapes that came with the magazine. Please love this band! Check out here.

New Music: Beth Jeans Houghton and the Hooves of Destiny

Promising indie pop with an interesting sound. Check out here.

First Listen: Paper Crows ‘Cloudbusting’

Previously mentioned on here back in October 2010 (seems like it was only yesterday!), this is a stunning piece of pop from Paper Crows covering the Kate Bush track ‘Cloudbusting’.

New Music: Lawson

There’s big label backing from Polydor for this boyband- their selling point is that they write their own stuff. It’ll be interesting to see how well they do in 2012. Check out here.

2011’s Random List

So everyone’s doing their lists for 2011. They’re fun to read but a nightmare to compile, so I thought I’d shake it up a bit with my list by using some really rather pointless categories.

2011’s Most Painfully Cool

Woodkid – This is one of those ‘hidden loves’ I have who I don’t really blog about because I want to enjoy for myself. Kinda selfish it sounds but it’s only because if I do blog about them I just won’t stop… Friendly Fires being an example. Anyway, anything Woodkid touches turns to gold.

2011’s Best Second Album

Friendly Fires – Pala. Second albums are so hard to get right but Friendly Fires had no trouble coming back with a piece of genius.

2011’s Best Album To Fall In Love To

Patrick Wolf – Lupercalia. Patrick Wolf has one of the most devoted set of followers for any musician that I know in the UK. I have a few records of his, but this is by far the standout album that he’s produced to date. Just because the story behind it is so simple- he fell in love. And the songs that feature are a pure joy to listen to.

2011’s Most Underrated Album

Alex Clare – Lateness Of The Hour. Produced by Diplo and mixing some really heart-stopping beats with a raw voice and big lyrics, it’s just stunning from start to finish. I really hope it picks up in 2012 because this record is just too good to not be heard.

2011’s Most Bittersweet Album

Amy Winehouse – Lionness. You may know that I am a huge fan of the late Winehouse. So when this was released last month I was stunned at how some of the songs which had already been released sounded so different when arranged the way Winehouse actually wanted. It’s a beautiful record, but I really hope her estate releases more.

2011’s Most Addictive Track

M83 – Midnight City. This track makes you feel like a kid running around in the dark pretending to be a space hero or something. It’s amazing.

2011’s Biggest Pisstake

Ed Sheeran – ‘+’. I know people love this kid to bits, but I physically wanted to snap his album in half when I brought it. It was without doubt one of the wettest, most boring pieces of music I’ve had to make myself listen to. Which is a shame because I was really excited about the talent. And they definitely went overboard with the ginger- an orange album and having that Harry Potter kid play him in a music video gets a bit sickly after a while.

2011’s Most Anticipated Debut

Penguin Prison – Penguin Prison. This chap’s been causing a stir on the blogs for a couple of years now and his debut album came out a few months back. Most of the songs have already been out, but there’s something about hearing them in full set that makes the ears very satisfied.

2011’s Most Welcome Return

Man Like Me. One of my favourite bands by a mile, purely because of the genius behind their sillyness, Man Like Me released some new material this year that got me a bit excited.

2011’s Most Interesting Lyric To Come Out Of A Rap

Childish Gambino – Freaks & Geeks: “An elephant never forgets, so my dick remembers everything”.