2013’s Random List

It’s that time of year again when I get to look back over the last twelve months and put up the obligatory ‘best of’ post that music blogs love to feature so much.

As usual I’ll aim to pick out tracks and artists that many other websites may have looked over, as well as some of the more obvious milestones. Let me know what you think of my choices. After all, it’s you guys who keep me so motivated to keep hunting for new music all the time. Before I start, check out previous random lists here!

Most definitive song of the year

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Lorde – ‘Royals’. There’s something mildly terrifying about this teen talent, and her ability to sum up her youth in a standard pop track. This will be a classic for decades to come, it’s just so different to any of the big hits that have come out so far in the last few years.

Too cool for school

MDNGHT

MDNGHT – Not many have heard of this Mancunian collective but if anything, I am confident they will pick up buzz over the next year.

Biggest Scandinavian talent

Kim Cesarion

Kim Cesarion – This Swedish talent has already taken Scandinavia by storm. I saw him play a showcase in London over the summer and it was as close to pop perfection as you could get. You could be surprised for seeing me not put Icona Pop under this category; but you know, they’ve been around for a good while longer.

Cutest act

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Broods – This duo set the blog world on fire after releasing just one track blending indie and electro seamlessly. And on a completely shallow note, how cute!

Catchiest track

nonono

NONONO – ‘Pumping Blood’. NONONO have had as epic a year as they could get. This Scandinavian trio have made one of the biggest impacts in terms of exports from the region, thanks in large to this track.

Biggest #fail that should have been a #win

Mutya Keisha Siobhan

MKS (a.k.a Mutya Keisha Siobhan, a.k.a The Origibabes) – This should have been their big comeback. And on paper, there’s no reason why it tanked so hard. They picked a shit-hot producer while managing to prove that they could still hold harmonies like no other girl group. But I guess the song was probably too ‘out-there’ to have made a loud enough impact. Still, there is a silver lining for these guys later on in this post…

2014’s new ‘Lana’

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Fe – She could be as popular as original Lana Del Rey. I predict Fe to catch some more buzz in 2014. She has a genuine, beautiful talent which is well worth a listen.

Wildest cat in town

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Lion Babe – Literally, this lady goes for the ‘wild’ theme. Which is OK, since she does a great job of it. On a serious note though, what a sound!

Most trademark hipster Scandi sound

POSTILJONEN

Postiljonen – Make no mistake, being introduced to his band has been one of my highlights this year. Their sound is pure perfection in my view and when I caught them live at the Ja Ja Ja Festival in London earlier this year it was probably a highlight for me gig-wise. This re-working of a Whitney Houston classic is amazing.

Biggest bang(erz)

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Miley Cyrus – Love or hate her, you just can’t deny that this little lady has been all over the place. She knows she’s not changing the world with her songs. So what else can she do? She’ll just have fun with it. And there’s a charming likeability in that. I mean, look at this post – she’s sandwiched between one of the edgiest acts of the year (Postiljonen, above), and one of the best songs of the year (Sailor & I, below). Two categories she’ll probably never be in, ever, but she’s still spreading herself on here. And that’s ok…

Most epic track

sailor & i

Sailor & I – ‘Tough Love’. A real heart-stopper of a track that’s nothing short of stunning.

Most feel-good

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Join The Riot – Again, another Scandi act makes it on this list. Nothing but good cheeky pop from this group.

Quirkiest act 

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Manou – This lady is one of my big ‘ones to watch’. I can’t describe her sound. Quirky, I guess. So good though.

Best slice of Norwegian rap

Lars Vaular

Lars Vaular – ‘Legender’. It’s one of those songs that sounds pretty dark, but still manages to sound easy enough to enjoy. Even if you’re not Norwegian.

Best trooper

aiden

Aiden Grimshaw – Following on from making one of the best and least brought pop records from a major label in 2012, this year saw the guy ditch his surname and now go under the moniker AIDEN.

Most unexpected throwback to Motown

MØ

– ‘Never Wanna Know’. One of Denmark’s hippest newcomers came up with this track back in Autumn and it was adorable.

Best gig

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MKS (a.k.a Mutya Keisha Siobhan, a.k.a The Origibabes) – They might not have had the comeback record of the year, but the ladies definitely pulled off THE comeback gig of the year at London’s Scala. No video on YouTube could relay the experience properly though.

Most listened to song on my iTunes

The Amplifetes

The Amplifetes – ‘You Want It’. You might not like this song, but it’s the most listened to track of the year on my iTunes. Something about it speaks to me.

One to watch

mnek

MNEK – It seems like a lifetime ago since I featured MNEK but he now finally seems to be on the edge of breaking through. Already long-listed on the BBC Sound of 2014, whatever happens over the next months will be pretty special for this kid.

First Listen: Mutya Keisha Siobhan ‘No Regrets’ (Live)

Mutya Keisha Siobhan

A new original from MKS, performed live. These girls really are drip feeding us the best tracks!

Mutya Keisha Siobhan cover Lorde!

Mutya Keisha Siobhan

Bliss! MKS cover Lorde’s song-of-the-moment to perfection.

I don’t usually do this but can you all click up and get the new MKS comeback single?

Mutya Keisha Siobhan

It’s the hysterical fan in me coming out. Get it here.

In other MKS news, they’ve announced a UK headline tour in November:

  • Friday 8 – Norwich UEA
  • Sunday 10 – Glasgow O2 ABC
  • Monday 11 – Manchester The Ritz
  • Wednesday 13 – Bristol O2 Academy
  • Thursday 14 – Birmingham The Institute
  • Friday 15 – London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

 

Flatline?

Mutya Keisha Siobhan

MKS gets the remix treatment courtesy of MNEK. I need this on my iPhone.

First Watch: Mutya Keisha Siobhan ‘Flatline’

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FINALLY! Here are the visuals to the big MKS comeback. As stylish and cool as you would expect from these ladies.

Live: Mutya Keisha Siobhan at Scala London

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Mutya Keisha Siobhan London Live Scala August 2013

Just back from seeing Mutya Keisha Siobhan (i.e. the original Sugababes) launch their comeback at London’s Scala. They mixed up the classics like ‘Overload’ and ‘Run for Cover‘ along with new tracks from their upcoming record (including the brilliant ‘Flatline’).

It’s probably going to be the gig of the year for me. Maybe it’s because I have so much emotional attachment to these girls from my teens. Or maybe just because the world forgot how amazing they were and got reminded of it. I’m so happy they’re back. MKS all the way!

Watch the Flatline lyric video

Mutya Keisha Siobhan

As is the custom these days, Mutya Keisha Siobhan have launched a lyric video produced by a fan ahead of their official release in the coming weeks.

Listen to Mutya Keisha Siobhan’s ‘Flatline’ in full!

Mutya Keisha Siobhan

So here it is! After so many years, this is the comeback single for the original (and best) Sugababes, now known as Mutya Keisha Siobhan.

This is out September 1st, and they will perform at London’s G-A-Y on August 31st.

First Listen: Mutya Keisha Siobhan ‘Flatline’

Mutya Keisha Siobhan

Im a little excited to the point whereby I cant type properly. This, boys and girls, is the new COMEBACK single for the original Sugababes, now called Mutya Keisha Siobhan.

It’s only a preview but… It just sounds so, so good! Produced by man of the moment Dev Hynes, this is just what I expected to hear from the ladies.

Mutya Keisha Siobhan refix a Phoenix track and it gets mixed by Blood Orange… Can it get any more exciting for a Tuesday night?!

Mutya Keisha Siobhan

Mutya Keisha Siobhan play a little with this Phoenix track and it’s got me ridiculously excited. Free download too. Phoenix release their new album, ‘Bankrupt!’, on 22nd April in the UK on Atlantic/Glassnote.

Mutya Keisha Siobhan!

Mutya Keisha Siobhan

A little surprise for the afternoon courtesy of ex-Sugababes Mutya Keisha Siobhan. It’s a mash up between a new track and Kendrick Lamar’s Swimming Pools.

First Listen: Mutya Keisha Siobhan ‘Boys’

Mutya Keisha Siobhan

I am insanely EXCITED! The original Sugababes have finally putt this acappella teaser out for their new material. This is just a sign of what’s to come.

Introducing the new (original) Sugababes

This is an exciting day for us all… The original Sugababes are starting to show off their new come-back look and it’s got me very happy. They can’t call themselves Sugababes anymore, because the current line-up has the naming rights so now the original three girls are Mutya Keisha Siobhan.