What Was Liked Last Month: March/April
Seriously where is the time going? We are racing towards halfway through 2012 and I can barely keep up, soon it will be summer and then it will be autumn and BOOM christmas and new years- stop it time!!
Anyway, in an attempt to slow things down let’s all revisit what we loved and listened to in March and April!
We kicked off March by going back and discovering the amazing The Cocteau Twins due to their influence on one Abel Tresfaye and The Weeknd- particularly the sample of The Cocteau Twins “Cherry Coloured Funk” on the fantastic “The Knowing”.
At the moment there seems to be an influx of talented male sometimes folksy singer songwriters and in March we finally got round to listening to the wonderful Ben Howard and “The Wolves”- amazing driven indie folk kind of pop things.
Everyone seems to want to be anonymous and mysterious these days and it has worked wonders for acts like Summer Camp, The Weeknd and now One Room. Part of the Heavy Roc Family (like St. Lucia, Alex Winston, The Knocks) One Room have that lo-fi mysterious sound with hip hop inflections which sound wonderful over tight production on tracks like “Believe”.
Early this year Daytrotter opened up a studio in London so now there are so many more amazing acts to check out its just getting silly. I’ve been away for two weeks and I have SO much to catch on- until then though check out these amazing sessions from favourites The Naked and Famous and Clock Opera.
Ever wondered what a cover of Adele’s “Rumour Has It” would sound like recorded live in the kitchen with some tupperware? Questions have been answered with this from The Dolls.
Lots of lovely dreamy indie pop from acts like Wages and “South China Sea”.
Charli XCX had us, and still does, with the amazing “Stay Away”
New discoveries in March care of catching the end of a random TV show with this from Jonathan Seet and “Precious Things”
We went a bit Hunger Games crazy at the end of March (too many times and counting). The soundtrack is very good with standouts from Arcade Fire “Abraham’s Daughter" and Maroon 5 "Come Away To The Water”
Magnificent on her massive collaboration with Gotye on “Somebody That I Used To Know” here’s Kimbra in her own right, making a song from scratch for a spotify session at this year’s SXSW.
New things from Theophilus London featuring Blood Orange “Take It Off”
Something big for 2012 in the shape of The Neighbourhood and “Sweater Weather”
Hoodie Allen released his debut commercial EP on iTunes All American and the response was cray. With number 1 in US, top ten in UK and a tour currently in the works- this self made kid is on FIRE.
The music world got very excited by southern rock outfit Alabama Shakes and their fantastic debut “Hold On”.
Kanye West and G.O.O.D. Music are doing a very good job of teasing us for the record label’s album- especially with “Mercy”.
March and April saw 2 of the US’s biggest music festivals come around with SXSW and Coachella- check out our favourite performances from Jay- Z, Bon Iver, The Weeknd, Dre, Snoop and that 2pac hologram.
Getting very excited for the Sade-esque smooth sounds from Jessie Ware on tracks like “110%" and "Running".
Another of our favourite acts for 2012 is Mikey Mike and the wonderfully honest “Chainsaw Love” EP. We also chatted to Mikey Mike about just life and stuff.
Otherworldy and Arcade Fire-esque- Frankie Rose “Interstellar”
Beautiful icelandic indie pop from Ourlives “We Lost The Race”
disCOVERs- Some fantastic covers over the last two months from Mr & Mrs Fox and their mashup cover of M83 and Simple Minds “Midnight City/Don’t You Forget About Me”, the amazingly wonderful Emily Elbert and her cover of the classic “Crazy" by Patsy Cline, this year’s The A.V. Club’s Undercover Sessions kicked off with this delightful covers of R. Kelly’s "Ignition" by Young The Giant and The Head and The Heart covering Fleetwood Mac’s "Go Your Own Way”, The Rosebuds released a project covering Salt-N-Pepa’s “Push It” and Talking Heads “Road To Nowhere”, Community's Alison Brie covered fellow castmate Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino with this live rendition of “Some Girls" and Marina & The Diamonds tackled the Biebs with this cover of "Boyfriend”
and finally ITYLTS and Selfish D had our first annual Summer Off.