We have 12 tracks for you this month instead of your usual ten, there were just too many good things this month and I wouldn’t want you to miss out on ANYTHING.
This ones kind of split into two halves, with some summery synths, neo soul royalty, the return of K West and some hazy low key moments.
Have to thank my pals Seasfire for putting me onto fellow Bristol artist Joshua Vincent aka Chapter House.
"Getaway" starts off quiet and then launches into the first big moment of the track. Verses recall Mystery Jets, Bon Iver, U2, New Wave all in one go and then the chorus hits and I just had to sit back and say wow, that’s big.
Excited to hear more things? Check out the equally wonderful “Blood Sweat and Tears" and prepare yourself to hear more from Chapter House.
Oh Seasfire, you never disappoint. They’ve come a long way since the lo-fi mysterious “Falling”, you can hear the evolution. “Oh…Lucifer” is as commercial as the Bristol boys have gotten with shades of coldplay thrown in but for very good measure.
"Oh…Lucifer" is out July 1st through Little Fan Records.
(via Pigeons and Planes)
Over on This Is Fake DIY they are premiering this interesting EP from UK five-piece, Phoria. Its an odd mixture, with this first track from the EP “Posture” starting off slow and otherworldly before launching into hectic beats and cinematic guitars. It’s got that lo-fi, post r&b kind of thing going on that seems to be all the rage and they do it very very well.
If you like Seasfire, try these.
Here’s ITYLTS’ Best of March for you.
And while it was a good month, sadly it also marks the split of Girls Aloud, which I’ve taken hard. So as a bonus track I’ve got you a lovely little megamix of their brand of pitch perfect pop. RIP.
Girls Aloud Mega Mix.
Every time I try and pin point Seasfire they do something different. It was all lo-fi and mysterious on “Falling”, big and commercial on “We Will Wake” and now on “Crushing Abyss” they take it in yet another direction, and I love it. It starts off with quiet pianos that remind me of Sam Smith’s new one “Lay Me Down” and then Josh Thorn’s vocals kick in and the comparisons float away. Once it gets to the distorted choppy chorus, “Crushing Abyss” cements tself as another brilliant single from this exciting band.
You can grab a free download of “Crushing Abyss” by tweeting about it, more info here.
Just my thoughts, man, just my thoughts
It’s here, it’s arrived, here is ITYLTS’ 33 Best Songs of 2012!
You can agree, disagree, shout about my glaring omissions or smile sadly at my glaring admissions, who cares! These are the songs that made my 2012, let me know how they fit into yours. Back in June, I did a list of the best songs of the year so far… and a few from that list are gonna make my final 33 but a few have been edged out.
Anyways, here’s my pick of the 33 Best Songs of 2012 in the handy playlist up top. (Spotify too!) Have fun with this… coming up in Jan, the best Remix Baby and disCOVERs
ITYLTS’ 33 Best Songs of 2012
“Anything Could Happen" Ellie Goulding
“It’s Time" Imagine Dragons
“You Know You Like It" AlunaGeorge
“Same Love ft. Mary Lambert" Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
“Every Single Night" Fiona Apple
“Friend Crush" Friends
“Mississippi" The Griswolds
“Call Me Maybe" Carly Rae Jepson
“Locked Out Of Heaven" Bruno Mars
“Running" Jessie Ware
“We Will Wake" Seasfire
“Sweater Weather" The Neighbourhood
“Sweet Life" Frank Ocean
“Get Free fr. Amber of Dirty Projectors" Major Lazer
“Losing You" Solange
“Don’t Save Me" Haim
“Warrior" Mark Foster + A-Trak + Kimbra
“Jumanji" Azealia Banks
“Backseat Freestyle" Kendrick Lamar
“Mercy ft. Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz" Kanye West
“Mama Told Me ft. Little Dragon" Big Boi
“We Are Young ft. Janelle Monae" Fun.
“Confetti" She’s So Rad
“Paradise" Wild Nothing
“Dissolve Me" Alt- J
“Take A Walk" Passion Pit
“I Will Wait" Mumford & Sons
Its that time of the year again, its the best of lists. There’s been a few rolling around but I know y’all have been waiting for me to grace the interwebs with my choices, right?
Anyway, here are my top 10 albums of 2012, the ones that have been in heavy rotation, the ones that made me think about music differently- the ones that made me listen different.
…in no particular order.