31

Dec

ITYLTS Presents: Class of 2013

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To the graduating class of 2013, it’s been a pleasure to listen.

Make sure you check out our monthly breakdown of the best songs of 2013 HERE

To hear most of the songs below, check out the ITYLTS Class of 2013 Spotify Playlist.

BEST SONGS OF THE YEAR

St. Lucia “Elevate

Haim “Falling

Drake “Hold On, We’re Going Home

ARTISTS WHO HAD A HUGE 2013

Miley Cyrus

CHVRCHES

Haim

Disclosure

Lorde

MOST EXCITED FOR BIG THINGS TO HAPPEN IN 2014

Mapei “Don’t Wait

Manou “Sadie

Marekei “Blue Lake

Say Lou Lou “Better In The Dark

BROODS “Bridges

IYES “Til’ Infinity

Sunny & Gabe “Clouds

ALECS “The Fulham Tapes EP

Sam Smith “Lay Me Down

Joel Compass “Run ft. Pusha T

MOST LIKELY TO BE ALMOST BETTER THAN THE ORIGINAL

The Kite String Triangle “Tennis Courts" (Lorde Cover)

The Arctic Monkeys “Hold On, We’re Going Home" (Drake Cover)

Fiona Apple “Pure Imagination" (Willy Wonka Cover)

London Grammar “Wicked Games" (Chris Isaak Cover)

Wilsen “Oblivion" (Grimes Cover)

Daughter “Get Lucky" (Daft Punk Cover)

The Neighbourhood “Say My Name/Cry Me A River

IYES “Crazy In Love" (Beyonce Cover)

BEST SURPRISE ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Beyoncé “BEYONCÉ

BEST SONGS TO GET HYPE’D TO 

Miley Cyrus “We Can’t Stop

Avicii “You Make Me

Daft Punk “Get Lucky

Lady Gaga “Applause

Little Mix “Move

Rudimental “Waiting All Night ft. Ella Eyre

Tuxedo Funk “Do It

BEST SONGS TO LISTEN TO DURING FASHION WEEK

Angel Haze “Echelon (That’s My Way)

A$AP Rocky “Fashion Killa

BEST SCANDINAVIAN POP

Kate Boy “Northern Lights

NoNoNo “Pumpin’ Blood

Say Lou Lou “Fool of Me

Newtimers “Train

BEST INDIE DARLING COMEBACK SONG FROM A EARLY 2000s GIRL BAND

MKS “Flatline

BEST DEV HYNES PRODUCTION THIS YEAR

Phoenix “Entertainment (Blood Orange Remix)

BEST AUSTRALIAN BAND TO DO SOUTHERN ROCK

The Rubens “Lay It Down

BEST SONG THAT I LOVED BY A BAND I’VE NEVER LISTENED TO BEFORE

Paramore “Still Into You”

BEST SONG TO QUESTION THE ‘GHETTO FABULOUS’ VIDEO AESTHETIC AND WHAT IT MEANS TO YOUR AVERAGE TEEN

Lorde “Royals

(and the rest of Pure Heroine)

BEST SONGS TO GET CLOSE TO SOMEONE 

Lady Gaga ft. R Kelly “Do What U Want

Friends “The Way

Justin Timberlake “Pusher Love Girl

Janelle Monae ft. Miguel “Primetime

Ciara “Body Party

Mariah Carey ft. Miguel “#Beautiful

Shy Girls “Under Attack

Sam Smith “Nirvana

Autre Ne Veut “Play By Play

Tom Aspaul “Pioneer ft. FTSE

MOST LIFE AFFIRMING/YOU A BADASS SONGS

Katy Perry “Roar

Janelle Monae “Q.U.E.E.N ft. Erykah Badu

Bipolar Sunshine “Love More, Worry Less

Pharrell “Happy

BEST ELECTRO SYNTH POP TO PARTY TO IN THE SUMMER 

Magic Man “Paris

Smallpools “Dreaming

CHVRCHES “Gun

Poolside “If We Make It

Bear Hands “Giants

The Naked and Famous “Hearts Like Ours

Ghost Beach “Been There Before

Klangkarussell “Sonnentanz ft. Will Heard

BEST ‘RADIOHEAD-Y’ SONG FROM A FORMER BOY BAND STAR

Justin Timberlake “Blue Ocean Floor

BEST SONGS TO THAT MAKE YOU FEEL EPIC 

Major Lazer “You’re No Good

SOHN “Lessons

Woodkid “I Love You

Sir Sly “Gold

BBEST SONGS TO MAKE YOU FEEL SUPER DOPE COOL

Jagwar Ma “The Throw

Unknown Mortal Orchestra “So Good At Being In Trouble

BEST THROWBACK COLLAB HIP HOP SONG IN 2013

Busta Rhymes “Thank You ft. Kanye West, Lil Wayne & Q Tip”

BEST NEW KIDS COLLAB HIP HOP SONG IN 2013

A$AP Rocky “Fuckin Problems ft. 2 Chainz, Drake & Kendrick Lamar”

SONG TO MOST LIKELY BRING A LUMP TO MY THROAT

Active Child “Sillhouette ft. Ellie Goulding

BEST SONGS TO SOUND LIKE MICHAEL JACKSON

Dornik “Something About You

Newtimers “Game Over

MOST UNEXPECTED COLLABORATIONS IN 2013

Phoenix ft. R. Kelly “Trying To Be Cool

MOST UNEXPECTED INDIE BAND TO GO ‘DISCO’

Arcade Fire “Reflektor”

BEST USE OF JUSTIN VERNON WITHOUT BON IVER

Volcano Choir “Comrade

BEST REMIX OF THAT CUPS SONG FROM PITCH PERFECT

Anna Kendrick “Cups Song (When I’m Gone) Jellosea Remix

BEST SLOWED DOWN TAYLOR SWIFT VOCAL REMIX

Taylor Swift “I Knew You Were Trouble (APSPDR+ REMIX)

BEST LATE NIGHT ‘LETS GET INTROSPECTIVE’ MUSIC

James Blake “Retrograde

Kanye West “Hold My Liquor

Vancouver Sleep Clinic “Collapse

Disclosure “Help Me Lose My Mind ft. London Grammar

Arctic Monkeys “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High

BEST OPENING GUITAR RIFF

Sky Ferreira “You’re Not The One

BEST ‘SOUND’ SWITCH UP

James Vincent McMorrow “Cavalier

BEST SONGS TO SING ALONG TO LOUDLY IN THE CAR

Miley Cyrus “Wrecking Ball

Justin Timberlake “Mirrors”

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.

05

Dec

disCOVER: Steffaloo “First Day Of My Life (Bright Eyes Cover)”

This is a stupidly sweet cover of an already pretty damn sweet song by Bright Eyes. Steffaloo covers First Day Of My Life with the help of an acoustic guitar and a glockenspiel and its just gorgeous. Not the only cover, she’s also tackled Katy Perry’s I Kissed A Girl, Justin Timberlake’s My Love and classic Over The Rainbow.

Steffaloo “First Day Of My Life (Bright Eyes Cover)” (via IndieShuffle)

Steffaloo: WebsiteFacebookTwitterBandcampSoundcloud

06

Nov

What Was Liked Last Month: October

This is what we liked in October…after the jump

(including Bon Iver, Hoodie Allen, The Weeknd, Florence + The Machine, Summer Camp, Phantogram, Coldplay, Emeli Sande, Foster The People, Childish Gambino, Frightened Rabbit, The xx, Lana Del Rey…)


G3RST- “Stand By Last Friday Night (Katy Perry vs Ben E. King)”

Icarus Himself (New album Career Culture out now)

Emeli Sande- “Daddy” audio & video

Common- “Mr. Blue Sky” 

Phantogram- “Don’t Move”

Oh Land- “Bloodbuzz Ohio (National Cover)”

Anjulie- “Boom”

Work Drugs- “Blue Steel” 

Frightened Rabbit- “Swim Until You Can’t See Land”

James Vincent McMorrow- “We Don’t Eat (VIDEO)”

The Knocks- “Brightside”

St. Lucia- “The Old House Is Gone (The Knocks Remix)”

The Temper Trap- “Dancing In The Dark (Bruce Springsteen Cover)”

Foster The People- Remixes & Videos

Anthem- “Don’t Move (Phantogram Remix)”

Trails and Ways- “Midnight City (M83 Cover)”

Kanye West x Washed Out- “Diamonds From Far Away (Carlos Serrano Mix)”

Bombay Bicycle Club- “Lights Out, Words Gone” & “Video Games” Live Lounge Session

Bon Iver- Remixes & “Towers (Live on Jools Holland)”

Coldplay- “Princess of China ft. Rihanna”

Childish Gambino- Remixes and tracks from upcoming Camp

Body Language- “Seeds of Sight”

Metronomy- “Everything Goes My Way”

Summer Camp- Daytrotter Session and Down from album Welcome To Condale 

Two Door Cinema Club- “This Is The Life”

Lana Del Rey- “Video Games”

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds- “AKA… What A Life”

The xx- “Crystalized (Neon Lights Remix)”

Florence + The Machine- “Shake It Out” & “Breaking Down” from Ceremonials

Slow Club- “If We’re Still Alive”

MIA- “Paper Planes (DFA Remix)”

Martin Solveig vs Dragonette- “Big In Japan”

Death Cab For Cutie- “Some Boys (RAC Remix)”

Multiple covers of The Black Keys "Tighten Up" (Phrase, Hoodie Allen, e-dubble)

DyE- “Fantasy”

Jordan F- “Last Night”

Theme Park- “Milk”

Jodie Marie- “On The Road (Summer Camp Remix)”

Clock Opera- “Lesson No. 7 (VIDEO)”

The Black Keys- “Lonely Boy”

Pearl & The Band and Sophie Madeleine- “Firework (Katy Perry Cover)”

The Weeknd- “Initiation” 

Coeur de Pirate- “Wicked Games (The Weeknd Cover)”

Beirut- “Santa Fe”

Hoodie Allen- “James Franco (VIDEO)”

e-dubble- “Fight For Days”

The Do- “Bohemian Dances”

Rosi Golan- “Seeing Ghosts”

26

Oct

disCOVER: Pearl and The Beard & Sophie Madeleine “Firework (Katy Perry Cover)”

Have to say that when I want a good cover I go over to Cover Me Songs. Today found this lovely stripped down, vocal driven cover of Katy Perry’s Firework. Pearl and The Band are touring the UK at the moment, check out the dates here.

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03

Oct

Mash Ups: G3rst “Stand By Last Friday Night (Katy Perry vs Ben E. King)”

Just about every month Bootie Mashup (excellent mash up djs) release a top 10 (normally of 10+ songs) of the best mash ups out there at the moment. It always worth a little check and here’s one that’s caught attention this month. Katy Perry’s Last Friday Night mixed with Ben E. King’s classic Stand By Me. It turns Perry’s ode to a good ass time into an introspective almost thoughtful wonderings about what the hell just happened last night.

G3rst “Stand By Last Friday Night (Katy Perry vs Ben E. King”

G3rst: WebsiteFacebookTwitterSoundCloud

23

Aug

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

The Vaccines were in with Fearne Cotton today on Radio 1 in the Live Lounge and did a cover of Katy Perry’s Last Friday Night. Here it is. (It almost gives it some kind of Joy Division/Echo & The Bunnymen feel)

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