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.
Exciting indie pop of epic proportions and interesting voice. Check out here.
Fierce sounding indie electro funk from New York. Check out here.
Retro sounding, radio-friendly fresh pop. Check out here.
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!
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!
Uplifting, minimal electropop along the veins of Passion Pit but with that sunny LA vibe kicking in the back. Check out here.
Radio-friendly pop. Kinda sad to listen to, but it’s been a huge hit in Europe. Check out here.
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!
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.
Promising indie pop with an interesting sound. Check out here.
Hip hop/ pop with a cool look. Check out here.
Crazy Irish rockers who happen to be very good. Check out here.
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.
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”.