27

Jan

ITLYTS Best of 2011: Big Things in 2012

It might be the end of world…So let’s go out with bang by listening to some good music. 

There are a gazillion What’s going to be big in 2012 blah blah blah out there already. Like Pigeons and Planes approach, I’m going for who I think deserve to go big in 2012. These are artists who are just bubbling under the surface, who have put the work in and are just one step away from big things…and that step is coming in 2012, I can feel it. 

E-Dubble

One of the hardest working men in hip hop, E-dubs has put in work, and then some more work…and then a little bit more. Back in 2010 he released a freestyle every Friday for about a year and in 2011 it was released as an official mixtape Written Thursday. Since then E-Dubble hasn’t been resting on his laurels, he’s released hot track after track, playing shows, taking names and breaking hearts. (He talks a pretty mean words with friends game too…) Doing it through his own label Black Paisley, E-Dubble is going from strength to strength and its only a matter of time before he blows up BIG.

Free Music 2011 by edubble

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SEASFIRE

I really hope SEASFIRE do me proud this year. Mary Ann Hobbe’s loves them, John Kennedy loves them and you’ll love them. Probably best described as The Weeknd cross with Radiohead there’s no wonder that these Bristol boys are making people incredibly excited. 

SEASFIREWebsiteTwitterSoundcloud

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Adam Barnes

Adam Barnes put in some major work in 2011 with touring all over the place and making fans. In 2012 this has paid off as he has just been signed to LAB Records, home of Hellogoodbye. Fans of Ben Howard, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, James Vincent McMorrow, Marcus Foster and James Vincent McMorrow should listen to Barnes immediately, a great songwriter mixed with some great music makes Barnes one to watch for 2012.

Adam Barnes: WebsiteFacebookTwitterBandcamp

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St. Lucia

St. Lucia has had a pretty good start by being signed to The Knock’s Heavy Roc label, home to them and Alex Winston. Grabbing people’s attention with the fantastic This Old House Is Gone and All Eyes On You, St. Lucia has cemented themselves firmly in the chillwave genre and are set to go much further in 2012. 

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And The Giraffe

Nick Robert’s solo project Summertime Kids is beautiful, his collaboration with Josh Morris on And The Giraffe could be even more beautiful, if possible. Described as “Dream Folk”, the duo made the album over dropbox and a couple of hundred miles between them. Perfect for late nights and those wonderful moments in life, And The Giraffe are on the verge of something massive.

And The Giraffe: WebsiteFacebookSoundcloudBandcamp

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Hoodie Allen

Hoodie Allen is a self made success story. Since 2009, HA has turned free mixtapes into sold out shows and 2012 is the year for this kid. His most recent mixtape “Leap Year” was a fun and professional ride and its looking like spring could see a proper full length release along with some overseas shows. Hoodie Allen is on the up and up, get involved. 

Hoodie AllenWebsiteTwitterFacebookSoundcloud

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Cris Cab

Cris Cab has been putting in work at the studio with Pharrell Williams and Wyclef Jean and turning heads all over the place. With his laidback hiphop-acoustic sounds, Cris Cab is perfect for the summer of 2012, so get ahead of the crowd and start listening now.

Cris CabWebsiteFacebookTwitterSoundCloud 

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Husband

Husband was one of the biggest things (for me) I found in 2011 as soon as I heard “Ordinary” I knew it was something special. From Australia and previous bands Luna Parade and Carl Fox, Michael Paolino’s project Husband is mesmerising. Sounding not unlike The National, this EP is definitely worth listening to. And I can’t wait for Husband in 2012. 

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Work Drugs

Work Drugs made a beautiful album with Aurora Lies and covered one of the most ubiquitous songs of 2011, Adele’s Rolling In The Deep. Chillwave and beautiful, Work Drugs work that fine line between 80s nostalgic pop and lo fi indie dance pop. Ones to watch in 2012. 

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The Ridges

Folk music has had a big revival in the last few years with Bon Iver, Mumford & Sons and Laura Marling. Add The Ridges to this list with their atmospheric and lush debut EP The Ridges. This debut EP has been followed with an amazing Daytrotter session and even more big things are to follow for this group in 2012. Check out are interview with Victor from The Ridges.

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Little Tybee

Along with The Ridges, Little Tybee have arrived in the folk/beautiful music scene. Similar to The Annuals sound, Little Tybee have wonderfully put together musical arrangements and beautiful visuals, like in the Boxcar Fair video. 

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Summer Camp

Summer Camp are definitely going to be huge in 2012, they were already very much on the way in 2011. Their debut Welcome To Condale topped best of lists all over the shop and their infectious nostalgic pop sounds in Better Off Without You and Ghost Train makes you want excited things for this duo. With a big UK and European tour in the works this spring, expect to hear more and more from Summer Camp. If you want to hear more right now check out my interview with Elizabeth from Summer Camp

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San Cisco

San Cisco are probably celebrating right now, their track Awkward was No. 7 in Triple J’s Hottest 100. I first heard Golden Revolver over last summer and it was the perfect sunshine track. Big things are definitely happening for San Cisco, get onboard now. 

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So there you have it. The things I want and should do some big this in 2012. Start listening now so you can be all hipster and say things like “Oh you’re only hearing about them now…I was listening to them months ago”. 

18

Jan

ITYLTS Best of 2011: Best Remixes, Baby

Oh the remix. Making bad songs good, good songs great, and great songs freaking amazing. Whether you absolutely love the original, the remix (if done right) can make you discover and appreciate things in a track that often goes over looked in its original form, don’t ask me how, it just does. 2011 was a good year for remixes (However, I’m not sure if 2011 was a great year for wine…time will tell) so here are my favourite ones of the year…


LEANN GRIMES

…and I can’t pick just one. Remixer Shane Conerty aka LEANN GRIMES came to my attention with some of the best remixes I’ve heard this year. Taking indie tracks and mishing and mashing and mixing things up, LEANN GRIMES ear for music sets him apart. 

Cats & Dogs in Idaho by LeannGrimes

Held Hands Coming Apart by LeannGrimes

The xx- “Intro” (Kenny Burke Edit)

The XX - Intro (Kenny Burke Edit) by Kenny Burke

I’ve always said that the problem with The xx’s Intro is its over way too quickly for my liking. Its a phenomenal song that puts you right in ‘that mood’ from the start and then its over… So thank you Kenny Burke who has extended this to eight minutes plus, adding some beats, some dazzling synth arpeggios and keeping ‘that mood’ tone. God bless you Burke.

Bon Iver: “Towers” (Sango Remix) + (Karma Kid Re-Rub)

I couldn’t stick to just one of these remixes. Each one brings something different. Sango’s adds a big beat and lets the instrumental do its thing as it rides over it. Karmas slows it down, lets the vocals do their things and adds a whistle. Both brilliant. 

Bon Iver - Towers (Sango Remix) by SangoBeats

Bon Iver - Towers (Karma Kid Re-Rub) by Karma Kid.

The Neon Lights

The Neon Lights from the UK came out with two of my favourite remixes of the year. Funnily enough they’re remixes of The xx and Bon Iver, so we’re really not breaking that much new ground in this post so far… But seriously these remixes are golden. Taking Bon Iver’s Hinnom, TX and The xx’s Crystalized and doing something amazing with both of them, 

Bon Iver - Hinnom, TX (The Neon Lights bootleg) by The Neon Lights

XX crystalised - The Neon Lights remix by The Neon Lights

Matt & Kim: “Daylight” (Stic Man Ra Remix) + “Block After Block” (Echoes Club Edit) + (Teen Daze 80s Teen Gang Movie Remix)

I couldn’t stick to one, again. There are always some great remixes of Matt & Kim’s stuff, probably because you’ve got something pretty good to work with already. Stic Man Ra’s remix of Daylight adds a lead guitar, a tight hip hop beat and a guitar solo to close. I’ve picked two remixes of Block After Block because both bring something awesome to the Matt & Kim table. Echoes brings along some 90s piano and some synths while Teen Daze brings along video games sounds and some synths. All good fun.

Matt and Kim - “Daylight (Stic Man Ra Remix)” by Green Label Sound

Matt and Kim - Block After Block (Echoes Club mix) by differentrecordings

Matt & Kim - Block After Block (Teen Daze’s 80s Teen Gang Movie Remix) by teendaze

Foster The People: “Pumped Up Kicks” (MNDR Remix)

I mean, who didn’t remix FTP this year. It seemed like every week someone was releasing another remix of Pumped Up Kicks. I’ve painstakingly narrowed all these down to just one favourite remix of Pumped Up Kicks by MNDR. It completely transforms the original, taking the bassline vocals and adding to it a sick dance beat. And if you want to check out all the others…soundcloud bitches.

Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks (MNDR Remix) by loadedlove

The Naked and Famous: “Young Blood” (Dave Sitek Remix)

TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek is a demon when it comes to remixes, and when he turned his attention to The Naked and Famous’ smash Young Blood, he did it right proud. Adding a little Japanese flavour with some massive snares, this is on par with the original and for a night out…it just noses ahead.

The Naked And Famous - Young Blood (Dave Sitek Remix) by The Naked And Famous

Adele- Rumour Has It (Rascal Remix)

Adele had a helluva year in 2011, no bones about it. Rumour Has It is my favourite track off 21, and this remix just keeps up the love. This, without fail, gets me hyped for a night out, its just a massive dance track. Get involved.

Adele - Rumour Has It - RASCAL Remix by djrascalmusic

GIVERS: “Up, Up, Up” (CSS Remix)

Love the original and love the CSS switch on it. Keeping the fun and happy style, CSS adds some guitar and a catchy dance beat. What more could you want?

Givers - ‘Up Up Up’ (CSS remix) by Stayloose

Kanye West: “Monster” (Another Somewhat Hellish Cazzette Bootleg)

Oh this goes hard. The original went hard, but this Cazzette remix takes it to another level. It speeds up and slows down vocals, adds a dubstep break, mixes in some d’n’b and just takes it to the next level.

CAZZETTE vs Kanye West, Rick Ross, Jay-Z, Bon Iver & Nikki Minaj - I’m A Motherf**king Monster by Cazzette

Theophilus London: “Why Even Try” (RAC Remix)

It was hard to narrow down RAC’s amazing year of remixes to just one, but this remix of Theophilus London’s Why Even Try is the one for me. Taking away that heavy juicy bassline and adding in a sweet video gamey riff. 

Theophilus London ft. Sara Quin - Why Even Try (RAC Mix) by RAC

Childish Gambino: “Freaks & Geeks” (Star Slinger Remix)

Star Slinger had a huge 2011 truly making some major noise with his remixes. Having an endorsement from Childish Gambino probably didn’t hurt and much deserved with this remix of Freaks & Geeks

Childish Gambino - Freaks and Geeks (Star Slinger Remix) by Star Slinger

Freelance Whales: “Hannah” (Lightwaves Remix)

Now this is one that I prefer over the original, sorry Freelance Whales. Lightwave’s remix of Hannah is infectious fun, kicking drums and synths all round and puts me in a good mood everytime so can’t be all bad. 

Freelance Whales - Hannah (Lightwaves Remix) by chooseyourownadventure

10

Jan

ITYLTS Best of 2011: Best disCOVERS

So here comes another bit in my look at what rocked my world musically in 2011 (Check out the best songs of 2011 right here)

Anyway, Regular followers of the blog know that I do a feature called disCOVER where I post up covers that I like. I have always loved a good cover. I love finding new and different interpretations of songs I know really well, especially if they come way out of left field. There’s been some doozies over the year and again in no particular order, here are 20 of my favourites (with some extra bonus tracks that weren’t from 2011, but were bloody brilliant)

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The Weeknd disCOVER double shot

The Weeknd had a huge year and you know you’re making it when already established artists are clambering to cover you stuff. There were some awesome covers knocking about this year but here are two of my favourites, from Brit Eliza Doolittle with a fantastically laid back stripped bare cover of The Morning and French Canadian Couer De Pirate bringing all her sweetness to Wicked Games

Eliza Doolittle - The Morning (The Weeknd Cover) by Melissa Casipit

Coeur de Pirate - Wicked Games by ozalup

Quadron: “Ex-Factor” (Lauryn Hill Cover)

You kind of have to watch this one. Lauryn Hill is usually pretty untouchable, but Quadron has come pretty darn close with this one. It is so simple, so bare but so so beautiful. 

Birdy- “1901” (Phoenix Cover)

I can’t bring myself to like Birdy’s take on Skinny Love, I’ve tried and I can’t. But this Phoenix cover has turned things around for me. Again this cover strips away and goes for the heart of the track, and she nails it.

Birdy - 1901 by OfficialBirdy

Enna: "Michicant" (Bon Iver Cover)

While I couldn’t get behind Birdy’s cover, I could get behind Germany’s Enna who has made a beautiful cover of Bon Iver’s Michicant. Incredibly raw and stripped back, the arrangement replaces some of the louder tones of the original with softer woodwind, acoustic guitars and my favourite, the glockenspiel. 

Bon Iver - Michicant - Cover by enna

Trails and Ways: "Midnight City" (M83 Cover)

M83’s Midnight City was a highlight of the year for me, as was Trails and Ways folksy world music take on it. Taking away all the electro synthy-ness of it, Trails and Ways gave us a beautiful organic version of this massive track.

Midnight City (M83 Cover) by TRAILS AND WAYS

Oh Land: “Bloodbuzz Ohio” (The National Cover)

Oh Land had quite a year this time around with her original material, but she grabbed my attention with her cover of The National’s Bloodbuzz Ohio. Transforming the sombre of the original into a more optimistic message gives Oh Land’s interpretation a beautiful angle- while keeping its haunting undertones.

Oh Land- Bloodbuzz Ohio (The National cover) by ITYLTSmusic

James Vincent McMorrow: “Wicked Games” (Chris Isaak Cover)”

McMorrow did two covers this year that people were interested in, one was of Willow Smith’s Whip My Hair and one was of Chris Isaak’s Wicked Games. Funnily enough, I’ve gone with McMorrow’s take on this 90s classic. JVMcM’s voice goes fantastically with this, how could it not?

James Vincent McMorrow - Wicked Game by Loud-SilenceDotCom

Owl Eyes: “Pumped Up Kicks” (Foster The People)

As you may know, the love on ITYLTS for Foster The People’s knows no bounds, so a cover has to be pretty special to come close to the original. Owl eyes does it with this live cover on Aussie Triple J of Pumped Up Kicks. A lot of people when they first hear Pumped Up Kicks fail to pick up on the sinister message, a kid shooting up his school, behind the lyrics because it just sounds like the chillest, coolest, happiest summer track. Owl Eyes’ take on it brings that message a little more to the forefront…Oh and it has glockenspiel on it so you know its going to be good.

Owl Eyes - Pumped Up Kicks (Foster The People) by fromgotowhoa.com


"I Can’t Make You Love Me" (Bonnie Raitt Cover)- Double Shot

Both Adele and Bon Iver had the best albums of the year and the both decided to cover Bonnie Raitt’s lament on an unrequited love I Can’t Make You Love Me. Both are beautiful as you’d expect, but I think out of the two, Bon Iver’s does it for me that little bit more. However, you know the Adele cover is ridiculously good too.

Bon Iver - I Can’t Make You Love Me by muffins_cube

I Can’t Make You Love Me [feat. Adele] by The Quiet Game

Tokyo Police Club: “All My Friends” (LCD Soundsystem)

Sadly LCD Soundsytem are no more, but thank god for covers for keeping the music alive. All My Friends in the original is a driving force of pianos, drums and is just perfect. Tokyo Police Club have come along and rocked it up, and it works. 

All My Friends by TokyoPoliceClub

The Vaccines: “Last Friday Night” (Katy Perry Cover)

The Vaccines have had a huge year so they came along and covered one of the biggest commercial tracks of the year, Katy Perry’s Last Friday Night. However, instead of the fun loving track, the indie band have infused it with something that sounds like it could have come from Joy Division or Echo & The Bunnymen…and it sounds great. The Vaccines - Last friday night (Katy Perry Cover) by bandalismo

Run Toto Run: “Sleepyhead” (Passion Pit Cover)

Oh the Glockenspiel strikes again. Run Toto Run strip back Passion Pit’s electro pop gem and replaces the synths with a beautifully played violin, glockenspiels, accordian, guitars and the good old fashioned handclap.

Run Toto Run - Sleepyhead (Passion Pit Cover) by fadedglamourblog

Barbara: “Pursuit Of Happiness” (Kid Cudi Cover)

Take a hardcore trancey/dancey/hip hop track take that all away and what do you have? Barbara’s beautiful version of Kid Cudi’s Pursuit of Happiness

Run Toto Run - Sleepyhead (Passion Pit Cover) by fadedglamourblog

The Civil Wars: “Billie Jean” (Michael Jackson Cover)

Who hasn’t tried to cover MJ, its like a rite of passage (especially on big tv music talent shows). The Civil Wars performed this flawless cover of Michael Jackon’s Billie Jean at their second show. Yeah, I said second. Honky Tonk, MJ’s gone country.

Billie Jean, The Civil Wars Live at Eddie’s Attic by megan-conravey

Mike Posner: “Rolling In The Deep” (Adele Cover)

I love this cover. Some people didn’t, go figure. Posner’s cover of the ubiquitous Rolling In The Deep really plays up the melancholic loss that underlies this powerhouse track.

Mike Posner - Rolling In The Deep (Adele Cover) by nogato

Winter Gloves: “True Blue” (Madonna Cover)

Paper Bag Records released a sampler of their artists covering Madonna and it was amazing. My favourite off the mix was Winter Gloves’ take on True Blue. While it may not have had a glockenspiel in it, it did have a saxophone solo and sometimes that’s even better.

Winter Gloves ‘True Blue’ (feat. Hannah Georgas) by Paper Bag Records

Finally, here’s some that I discovered this year but have been around for a while…

Antony & The Johnsons: “Crazy In Love” (Beyonce Cover)

Beyonce’s Crazy In Love like you have NEVER heard it before. Hauntingly beautiful. 

Antony And The Johnsons - Crazy In Love by eplistic

Mumford & Sons: “Not In Nottingham” (From Disney’s Robin Hood)

I couldn’t resist putting up the one with footage from the film. What a film, what a song.


Laura Marling ft. Mumford & Sons: “Jolene” (Dolly Parton Cover)

Mumford & Sons again, back when they were a live band supporting Laura Marling on this beautifully poignant cover of Dolly Parton’s Jolene.

Laura Marling + Mumford & Sons “Jolene” Live together by stephanedouillard

Local Natives: “Cecilia” (Simon & Garfunkel Cover)

I had to put the video of this because the guy is playing drums ON A TREE! Amazing.

09

Jan

ITYLTS Best of 2011: Best Songs

Now a lot of musico peeps out there put out their countdowns in December. I’m putting mine out in January and my reasons are twofold 1) What if I had missed something that was absolutely amazing in the last week of December huh?? and 2) I’m only just getting round to it now. Two big factors, you decide which one had more influence on timing…

So here goes…

(I tried to narrow this down to 50…but couldn’t. They’re in no particular order either, they’re all just out there for you to peruse, discover, enjoy and love.)

Happy listenings my lovelies.

Here are the tracks that have helped make the soundtrack to 2011 for me…

Alexander- A Million Years 

Alexander Ebert stepped out on his own this year away from the eclectic collective Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. A Million Years isn’t too far away from what he has done with Ed Sharpe and the gang, a sweet plodding a long little ditty.

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Beyonce- Party ft. Andre 3000

There was much to celebrate in 2011 for Bey (and in 2012 it looks like too, welcome to the world Blue Ivy). Mrs. Carter played a phenomenal headline set at Glastonbury, released one of her finest albums to date and announced to the world she was expecting. With all that celebration going on thank god she had the perfect song to..erm…party with.

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Childish Gambino- Freaks & Geeks

You may know him as Troy from NBC’s Community, as Donald Glover or as the rapper Childish Gambino. Whatever you want to call him, the dude has had a great year. With the release of Camp, his first full length studio album, Glover showed that he wasn’t an actor who dabbles in rap…he is a rapper AND an actor. Even though Camp was bonkers good, the highlight of the year for me was Freaks & Geeks, a near 4 minute rhyme with perfect delivery, hilarious wordplay and effortless style.

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Theophilus London- Why Even Try ft. Sara Quinn

Now it was hard to choose between this and the beautiful Flying Overseas, but Why Even Try nosed ahead…just. I’d like to explain why but I can’t really, its a feeling. Either way as soon as I heard this track from TL I was hooked, from the 80s esque rnb funk to the beautiful guest vocals of Sara Quinn. London did something different with hip hop this year, keep doing it. 

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Little Tybee- Nero

One of the perks of being a music blogger is when you get emails from a band about their music and then you see the band start to get attention in their own right. Enter Little Tybee. With their beautiful folk sound and rich musical arrangements, Little Tybee are set to do big things in 2012 (did you see the video for Boxcar Fair?).

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E-Dubble- Where We Are

E-Dubble had a banging 2011. From the Written Thursday mixtape to the stand alone tracks he keeps giving us for free, E-Dubble is on track for an even bigger 2012. I could have gone with a few E-Dubble joints in this list but I went for Where We Are as it never fails to get me ready for whatever the night will bring…everytime.

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Work Drugs- Blue Steel

I first came across Work Drugs with their cover of Adele’s Rolling In The Deep, a very interesting and different cover. Then they started releasing some of their debut original material and it is just beautiful. On board with the chill wave genre, Work Drugs take everything about the genre and make it into something amazing, especially with Blue Steel.

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The Rosebuds- Woods

There’s something so epic about the beginning of Woods like its the start of something big, at least thats what I always feel when I hear it. Then it launches into this anthemic chorus and then you know you’re onto a winner. I found them in their relationship with Bon Iver and if you got to see them on tour this year opening for Bon Iver, well you are very very lucky indeed.

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Adele- Rumour Has It

Musically, 2011 belonged to Adele. No bones about it. You couldn’t go anywhere without hearing Rolling In The Deep or the universally adored Someone Like You. Both songs would have fitted nicely into my best of 2011 but I’ve gone for Rumour Has It simply for the sheer attitude and fun that comes along with listening to this slice of perfection.

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Phantogram- Don’t Move

The NYC duo came back with their new material Don’t Move. With lots of samples and heavy beats, the track was everything and more that you come to expect from them.

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The Weeknd- The Knowing

2011 belonged to Adele, but The Weeknd was close behind nipping at her heels, and he is in the running to owning 2012 as well. His mixtape trilogy of House of Balloons, Thursday and Echoes of Silence pretty much exploded apart the internet and made way for an exciting approach to getting, successfully, music out there. Along with Frank Ocean and others, The Weeknd’s Abel Tresfaye and his producer Illangelo are paving the way for how R&B will sound in the next couple of years. Tell me you’re not excited about this guy…and then I’ll know you’re lying.  

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GIVERS- Up, Up, Up 

Paul Simon brought it to the mainstream with Graceland, Vampire Weekend made it hipster cool and GIVERS are carrying on the tradition. Ridiculously fun and infectious, GIVERS are making the kind of music that just puts a smile on your face and makes you get up and boogie, especially with Up, Up, Up.

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M83- Midnight City

2011 was huge for M83 thanks to the absolutely amazing Midnight City (and maybe its use on Made In Chelsea…at least in the UK). As soon as those synths and drum beat kicks in you know you’re onto something incredibly special. The album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming lives up to the promise of Midnight City, I’m just excited about what he’s going to do next!

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Little Dragon- Ritual Union

As soon as I heard Ritual Union I had to get it. Little Dragon have been slogging it out for a while but have swung into the mainstream this year with that amazing tune (and a feature on SBTRKT’s Wildfire). 

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Husband- Ordinary

I think Husband is one of my favourite discoveries of the year. Ordinary had me as soon as the chorus came in, the rest of the EP just as much. I grabbed the chance to interview Mike (from Husband) straight away and I cannot wait to see what he’s going to do in 2012 and will be backing him all the way.

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Beirut- East Harlem

Beirut’s 2011 album Rip Tides had some absolute gems on it and it was a toss up between Sante Fe and East Harlem as to which would make the list. East Harlem got it as it was one I had listened to most out of the two. Bringing balkan folk to trendy music type ears, Beirut did it with the lovely East Harlem.

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Emeli Sande- Daddy

Another one that I will predict will have a big year in 2012. Heaven was everywhere last summer and her feature on Professor Green’s Read All About It made her a familiar name. Daddy showcased why she is a much sought after songwriter and her trip hop sound goes down a treat. Cannot wait to see what else comes a long from this medically trained singer/songwriter.

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Metronomy- Everything Goes My Way

What more is there to say about Metronomy that hasn’t already been said by pretty much every music critic out there. From the mercury prize nominated album English Riviera, Everything Goes My Way is a laid back, some what European sounding, classic pop song. You can’t go wrong.

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Frank Ocean- Novacane

If The Weeknd and Frank Ocean are the future of R&B, I’m not worried. Frank Ocean made big things happen for him when he released his mixtape Nostalgia, ULTRA for free via his tumblr. With two guest appearances on one of the most eagerly anticipated albums of the year, Ye’s and Jay’s Watch The Throne, the world is Frank Ocean’s oyster. Novacane was my favourite track off the mixtape, that beat…that beat.

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Cults- Go Outside

Infectious unapologetic pop came out fighting this year and Cults were right at the heart of it. Go Outside is infectious fun right from the start, the albums not half bad either.

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The National- Exile Vilify

The National had a relatively quiet year up until November when they released a few new tracks they had done live in session with indie golden child Justin Vernon. Back in April though, Exile Vilify was released alongside Portal 2, which it was featured in. It’s classic The National, what else is there to say?

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Florence + The Machine- Shake It Out

Probably one of the most eagerly awaited albums of 2012 was the sophomore effort from Florence Welch. Shake It Out was exactly what fans were craving for, a big epic track with that big epic voice. 

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Bon Iver- Towers

Now this was tough, I could have pretty much picked the whole of Bon Iver, Bon Iver to put on this list but that would be unfair. Since its release back in June, my favourite track from the album has changed and right now it is Towers. A more countryfied affair, I just love the ‘drop’ of it. As always.

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CSS- Red Alert ft. Ratatat

I hadn’t heard much from CSS since their Listen To Death From Above single a few years ago, to be fair I wasn’t actively looking. When this popped up on my radar I fell in love all over again with the Brazilian collective. Partnered with the amazing Ratatat, CSS deliver a sweet upbeat party track with Red Alert chocablock with the fun sexy innuendos they are known for. 

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San Cisco- Golden Revolver

Australia always seems to be good for new music and this summer Western Australia gave us San Cisco and the happy go lucky sun filled Golden Revolver. As soon as the song opens, the riff takes you way to the land down under of sun, sea and surf and lets you stay there for three minutes.

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The Good Natured- Skeleton

Found The Good Natured on their feature on Adrian Lux’s massive tune Alive (coming up in a minute). After listening to a few more of their tracks, The Good Natured have gained a place in my best of the year with Skeleton. With quite an upbeat albeit eerie start, Skeleton really gets going when the chorus kicks in. For fans of Marina and The Diamonds (and I didn’t even really warm to them).

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Drake- Over My Dead Body 

Drake’s album Take Care was one of the best of the year, a great showcase of the direction that hip hop is going. For me, it was the albums opener Over My Dead Body that did it for me. The laid back keys, the chilled out vocals and OVO’s own’s flawless delivery. You cannot deny that attitude.

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Future Islands- Balance

This was featured on HBO’s How To Make It In America. Sadly that has been cancelled now, but this show had some super cool music (M83, Summer Camp, Blood Orange to name a few). Balance is just good synthy chill wave goodness, trust me.

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Rihanna- Drunk On Love

Now this might split some people down the middle. Rihanna came along on her new album Loud and sampled The xx, the amazing Intro. I personally think its a great use of it but I understand that it might not be everyone’s cup of tea.

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Hello Goodbye- Finding Something To Do

Hello Goodbye hit the mainstream a few years ago with the electro poppy track In Your Arms. This year they came back with a new album and a new sound. Still upbeat, preppy and happy, they’ve gone into a more indie rock direction and its paid off. Finding Something To Do is a busy get going track right from the start and will have you singing along in no time.

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Lana Del Rey- Video Games

I could have put Born To Die, Blue Jeans or Off To The Races up here. I am obsessed with the self proclaimed gangsta Nancy Sinatra. I didn’t catch onto Video Games straight away, but when I did that was it for me, I was hooked. Her album Born To Die is one of the ones I’m looking forward to most right now. If you haven’t heard Video Games (and its pretty hard to miss) it is a slow, sultry ballad that took the internet by storm in every single way it could.

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Kites With Lights- Cosmonaughts

I haven’t heard that much more from Kites With Lights than Cosmonaughts but that track is good enough to tide me over with. Super busy with a high energy beat, 80s synths and catchy melodies, Cosmonaughts is a rare treat for the ears. 

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Matt and Kim- Block After Block

How can you not like these two. The energy they put into their tracks and videos transcend through the headphones to the muscles in your face and suddenly your smiling. Block After Block is no exception. 

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Big Harp- Everybody Pays

2011 has been a big year for the boy/girl duo with Angus and Julia Stone, The Civil Wars and The Belle Brigade doing great things. Big Harp joins these guys with Everybody Pays a sweet unassuming acoustic based track.

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Summer Camp- Better Off Without You

2011 has been kind to Summer Camp. The release of Welcome To Condale made plenty of best of lists and their nostalgic chill wave take on John Hughes has earned them fans all over the place. Better Off Without You is the perfect slice of 80s infused indie pop and will get you going straight away with that footloose esque riff.

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Telekinesis- Please Ask For Help

Another 80s infused indie pop slice from Telekinesis with Please Ask For Help. Perfect for the party or headphone listening, this track from the brain of drummer/singer Michael Lerner has a big beat and catchy melodies alongside a tip top guitar riff.

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St. Lucia- The Old House Is Gone

2011 was all about chillwave, to be fair I’m still unsure about the ins and outs of the genre, but I know St. Lucia was a big part of it with his first release The Old House Is Gone. It sounds epic with that beat and synths, St. Lucia is going somewhere.

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The Ravonettes- Forget That You’re Young

Forget That You’re Young is another great indie pop track with a bassline intro that takes me all way to Twin Peaks (whether or not that is a good or bad thing I’ll let you know when I’m there)

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Adrian Lux- Alive ft. The Good Natured

One of my most played songs of this year was Adrian Lux’s beast of a track Teenage Crime. Back in Novemer, Adrian Lux came back big with Alive featuring vocals from The Good Natured. It is a massive track that has one of the best drops going, seriously when it hits those synths big things happen and it goes off crazy…as do i.

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Elvyn- The Decline

Elvyn was one of the bands that emailed me this year and I’m so glad they did. The Decline is an awesome track that blends together 70s classic rock with the modern world. Look out for these guys, I’m seeing good things happening.

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Death Cab For Cutie- You Are A Tourist

Death Cab For Cutie have been around for a while and in 2011 they released their latest album Codes and Keys. It was a great album and You Are A Tourist was an amazing track, as was the video.

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James Blake- The Wilhelm Scream

James Blake had a helluva year but I only downloaded The Wilhelm Scream back in December. Late to the game. James Blake minimalist approach has paid off and though this sounds like something from a literature essay, it is what is not there that speaks volumes. He doesn’t clutter the track with anything that is not needed and made something truly original…despite it being a cover.

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The Horrors- Still Life

The Horror’s latest album Skying brought these boys into the mainstream and Still Life is the highlight of the album. For me it brought around thoughts of The Cure and Echo & The Bunnymen, a hauntingly beautiful track.

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Calvin Harris- Feel So Close

Calvin Harris was responsible for one of the biggest hits of the year, Rihanna’s We Found Love. Before this though was Feel So Close, a fun upbeat dance track that is classic Calvin Harris.

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Blood Orange- Sutphin Boulevard

This track from Blood Orange is too cool for school. That baseline riff, the Japanese vocals and those silky smooth vocals…seriously, don’t read this just listen. 

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Foster The People- Call It What You Want

Anyone who has ever read this blog before knows I am a big champion of Foster The People. Having followed them from playing to a room of 60 max to seeing them pack the John Peel tent at this years Glastonbury, I have to say its been a helluva journey. I didn’t really appreciate Call It What You Want when I first heard it, but man that breakdown…It changed my mind.

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Bombay Bicycle Club- Lights Out, Words Gone

This is beautiful. A slow and steady study in how to make a song, Bombay Bicycle Club got it right with Lights Out, Words Gone and then repeated that with Shuffle.

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The Antlers- Rolled Together

After the massive critical acclaim that The Antlers received from their 2009 studio debut Hospice, they had to do something really special with the follow up Burst Apart. They did. They didn’t replicate Hospice but showed their evolution and their influences. Rolled Together is incredibly soulful and lopes along so nicely it will chill you out no end.

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Slow Club- You, Earth or Ash

Another boy/girl duo, Slow Club released new album Paradise this year to much critical acclaim. You, Earth or Ash is a quiet song that pays off with that near hip hop beat. 

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The Head and The Heart- Down In The Valley

Seattle’s The Head and The Heart won me completely over with Down In The Valley, a beautiful folk track from this band. It’s been great to seem them go from strength to strength this year, and 2012 shouldn’t be any different.

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Katy Perry- Last Friday Night

Whatever, I regret nothing. Katy Perry’s dedication to partying on a Friday night cannot help but get you excited for what’s to come. Don’t hate, have fun.

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DyE- Fantasy

Its the video that got me, watch it but warning NSFW. Luckily DyE have the musical stones to back it up with this synth happy electro pop joint.

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Jay Z & Kanye West- No Church In The Wild ft. Frank Ocean

Some heralded Watch The Throne as an instant classic, others felt underwhelmed from theses two hip hop heavy weights. I was in the latter camp, yeah its good but I feel like it could have been so much greater. This was a toss up between No Church In The Wild and That’s My Bitch, but the thing with That’s My Bitch is that the hook doesn’t match the verse so for that reason No Church In The Wild is my pick from the album, and with that opening bassline how could you disagree.

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Hoodie Allen- James Franco

I cannot wait for Hoodie Allen to make it big. Fun lyrics, clever wordplay and great beats give Hoodie everything he needs to make it. James Franco is the embodiment of all this and the video is hella fun too.

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07

Jul

Best of 2011 So Far. According to ITYLTS.

Its July, so we’ve just passed into the second half of the year, HIGH FIVES. And with that milestone, every blog seems to be coming out with a best of the year so far list, so we thought we’d do the same. This is based merely on what ITYLTS thinks has been great this year. The only requirements to be on the list is for the track to either be released this year or to have ‘emerged’ this year, and it’s one song per artist. This basically covers songs that have been around maybe since last year but only have been released this year all official like. So here it is and in no particular order: 

Let us know if we’ve missed any out…