Monday, November 29, 2010

Best I Evah Had - 2010 - Pt. 2

So yeh - here's a few more songs I really dug from this yurr. Enjoy!(?)

4. Drake – Shut It Down (ft. the Dream)

Two of my fave r&b/hip hop crossover dudes on the one jam, I was bound to love this song. It is DEFINITELY very lame in parts but as a female I can’t help but swoon hard. Drake has a p unique delivery which can be found all throughout Thank Me Later wherein he says a line that’s really heartfelt or clever and follows it up with something that makes absolutely no sense/ruins the moment. An example from this song: ‘I feel like when she moves, the time doesn’t.’ followed by ‘You finer than yo fine cousin, and yo cousin fine but she ain’t got my heart beating double time.’ Really, the only way to seduce a woman is to tell her how hot her cousin is.
Anyways, this song is great and goes for almost 7 minutes, which I feel is an appropriate amount of time to dedicate to a Drake/Dream collaboration.

5. Gold Panda - Snow & Taxis

This song is just really fucking pretty, is all :3

6. Stornaway - Zorbing

I think this band is British, or maybe Scottish. But either way, DAMN there's a lot of amazing folk music coming from that part of the world recently. My best bro Corey assures me that this band is The Best Band but I must say, I'm sceptical. Nevertheless, this song is really well done, and catchy as hell, despite the fact that I have pretty much no idea what the dude is wailing about for most of it. The video is kind of awful but I've developed a slight crush on the lad with the pork pie hat on.

7. Caribou - Jamelia

Was gonna go with Odessa originally (chicken steak, chicken steak, chicken steak), but that seemed way too obvious. Caribou verrrry nearly made it onto my albums list, this album rools. Anywho, Jamelia has the guy from Born Ruffians in it, who put out an incredibly dissapointing and shit album themselves this year, but that's besides the point. This guy's voice (too lazy to Google his actual name) is p amazing in a yelpy kinda way. And it totes works here, especially in the climactic part in the middle - I CAN'T TAKE IT NO MORE! The video I linked above is actually really good too, despite it not being official. That hardly ever happens! Song also wins bonus points for reminding me of this POP GEM:

'i don't know what it is; that makes me feel like this'

Best I Evah Had - 2010

So ‘cause my blog bro decided to start his 2010 BEST OF U lists, I figured I should probs contribute also.

Making end of year lists is undoubtedly the best thing about making it thru another year.

These songs were picked in p shambolic fashion, are in no order, and Luke stole a lot of good ones but here goesssss:

1. Chem bros – Swoon

Missed u chem bros. This is a p underrated album, especially by me, but erryone can enjoy Swoon I think. One of their best singles in recent memory. I remember the first time I heard it was when I burnt a copy of the LEAKED (omg!) new chem bros album and drove around enjoying the choonage, all the while texting Luke being all ‘omg I luv this song!!1!!’ Drive safe, dudes.

2. Wavves – Mickey Mouse

As I’m typing this I’m listening to the Wavves album and realizing I should’ve put it on my albums list, but meh. Wavves is just like a ‘fun’ band, like my japandroids for 2010 I guess. And this song is probs the most ‘fun’ from King of the Beach. If you don’t have this album, get it. Nthn Wllms writes some mad good pop choons. This song doesn't have a proper video (yet) so enjoy the above clip of some 'mad bros' chillin' and longboardin'

3. Sufie – Impossible Soul

Another bro who just missed out on my albums thang. Sorry Sufie, luv u. Even tho lots of people may disagree, it’s my fave song from Adz. It just has EVERYTHING, it’s like Sufie was just like ‘man, fuck my career’ and did whatever he wanted for 25 minutes. It goes so quickly from FREAKOUT! to oddly heartwarming to suddenly, autotune! You don't really know what to expect at any point. It wraps up with a disco-ish style love song wherein Sufie finally reveals his love of the male anatomy (boy, we CAN do much more together). Then, we reach the 25 minute mark with Sufie gently plucking his banjo like the Sufie of old. Probs the pinnacle of his career, and defs the centerpiece of Adz (despite being at the end). Also, I think we can all agree on our fave lyric of 2010: Stupid man in the windowww I couldn’taaaayyyeeeeaaaaaaiiiiiiireeeaaaaaaaassssss

Youtube only has 10 minute long videos (altho sometimes they do go longer - what's up with that?!) so the above video is Sufie performing this live in all it's glory. Watch out at 2.30 for some srs shredz!

Stay chooned for (Body Talk) Pt. 2!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Tha best tha best tha best of yooooo


Here We Go Magic: Casual.

I think I first heard this song when I was hungover and in a daze. Or, if I wasn't, that's the way it made me feel. In any case, I distinctly remember sticking it on loop and drifting in and out of sleep. The song manages to be sleepy and heavy without being boring. Despite the fact that he sings "It's 4 in the morning" at the end of this song, I always felt that it was definitely an aftenoon listen. Enjoy.
Also, how fucking fantastic is this video!

M.I.A.: Born Free

It's not in this (amazing) live clip but this song starts with a slow build on a snare. And then the Ghost Rider riff drops and its karazeeeeeee. I admit than I am basically an unconditional M.I.A. fan, but I don't really understand how anyone could dislike this. It's just so energising. LORRRRRD WHOEVER U R, COME OUT WHEREVER U RRRR
If you ever feel pissed off, play this loud. And then listen to a bunch of Henry Rollins.

Best Coast: Boyfriend.

And I really think Best Coast finalised the "beach girls" sound. Everyone can stop doing it now.

Sunday, November 21, 2010


In case it has not already been established, I, like most music nerds, love making lists. Particularly at the end of the year.
So I'm going to start counting down my favourite single tracks from 2010. Not single as in released as a single, just singular songs from albums which aren't going to make my "Favourite albums of 2010" list. LISTS ERRYWHURR. It's listomania! HAHA

Ok, so I've got 10 songs which I think are my favourite tracks from this year. They're not going to be in any order except my one single favourite song from 2010.
Here are the first 3!:

The-Dream: Yamaha

So. This is by far my favourite track from The-Dream's Love King album. (In the video above, Yamaha is playing until about 5:07.
SO BASICALLY I think this is the next progression of the sound we heard Timbaland do on Futuresex/Lovesounds for Justin Timberlake. Except The-Dream is potentially a lot better of a singer than JT. It's still trashy pop but somehow it sounds like THE FUTURE. I also love the way it slow builds with a bit of a jumpy beat at the beginning of the song to a solid stomp by the end of the song. (The segue into Nikki pt. 2 is super smooth and if Yamaha/Nikki pt. 2/Abyss were all one track on the album it would probably be here instead of just Yamaha.)
Play loud.

Clare Bowditch & The New Slang: Bigger Than The Money

I had to pick between this song and Modern Day Addiction. But since this one has been around for longer, I went with Bigger Than The Money. And the "woo woo hoo!" at 2:10 is fantastic.
I like this song not just because its dirty and angry and propulsive without sounding dirty or angry, but also because by following Clare herself on twitter, Q & A, Art Nation etc., I've come to see just how intelligent and thoughtful she is. Songs are better when you can see that there is a genuine brain behind them, you guys.

Baths: Lovely Bloodflow

This song has been stuck in my head at least once a month this year. Sail to Chilligan's Island on these stuttering beats and try NOT to shriek "kickupmyshityawanna!" everytime you hear it.
This is the first I've seen of this video, seems pretty cool but not really what I imagined the song to look like. If that even makes sense.

Next time I'll list 3 more songs. And then 3 more, and then my ultimate super favourite song of 2010. YEY.