Tracks of 2012
Hmmm. Where to even start with these things? It’s simply a superb time to be a music fan with the wealth of quality that’s out there in any number of (splintered) genres, all at the access of our little grubby bacteria-ridden appendages.
I’ve created a playlist of my Top 20 tracks of the year with a handy new Soundcloud set-thing that aren’t in any particular order, followed by loads of other tracks that on a different day may have been in the top bunch (or tracks that weren’t on Soundcloud). My albums of the year are coming soon in a list that’s a bit different from this mere list of songs; much of these are quite poppy/electronic/lo-fi scuzzy/immediate, the album listening experience (for me) is more about a cohesive piece of work with an artistic merit that can grip the listener for it’s entirety. Well if it’s any good that is. Therefore as much as I love Scott Walker for example none of his singular tracks are here, but you can bet your bollocks he will be in my album list.
So yeah whilst it’s all a bit ephemeral, I’ve spent far too much time in sourcing/listening to/reading about new music this year so I hope this is useful to at least one human out there.
Anyways enjoy, here’s a bunch of music basically. 87 tracks if you must know.
ps each one is hyperlinked to the track so no excuses for not listening.
The Top 20
Wild Nothing – ‘Paradise’ – I said that these weren’t in any order really, but this is definitely my number one. Chose it as one of my pick for Chairman Kato’s Focus Group earlier this year, and have played the perfect piece of broody synthy-pop incessantly since release.
Liars – No.1 Against the Rush – I said that these weren’t in any order really, but this is definitely number two (despite being called number one, nice try Liars). Moreish.
John Talabot – ‘Destiny’ – Loads of sites have chosen the final track ‘So will Be Now’ in their lists that is also a belter (well the whole of ƒIN is really) but I prefer this.
AlunaGeorge – ‘Your Drums’ – Wow. Sexy.
Perfume Genius – ‘Hood’ – “You would neverrr caaaa-aaaall me baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaby”
Blawan – ‘Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage’ – Worth the inclusion for the bizarre and macabre title alone; the best question asked in a song title since ‘What’s she going to look like with a chimney on her’. Twisted, scary techno.
Kendrick Lamar – ‘Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe’ – Hard to pick just one track from good kid, m.A.A.d city as a) There are a lot of strong tracks and b) Each track taken singularly looses something a bit given the brilliant conceptual nature of the album as a coherent package, each track part of the chronological tapestry of Lamar’s Compton life.
How To Dress Well – ‘Ocean Floor For Everything’ – Taken from stunning r ‘n b-inspired album Total Loss that is a devastating and genuinely emotive listen. Though I actually like ‘World I Need You, Won’t Be Without You‘ more – an instrumental track that essentially acts as an interlude exactly half-way through the album (though it’s not on Soundcloud innit)
Laurel Halo – ‘Carcass’ – Scary
Holy Other – ‘Held’ – Scary-step
Factory Floor – Two Different Ways (Perc Remix) – What happens when a nihilistic-techo force meets an abrasive industrial object. Turn this up loud and cry/bleed it’s amazing.
Purity Ring – ‘Fineshrine’ – Lovely creepy-pop “Get a little closer, let fold/Cut open my sternum, and pull/My little ribs around you”
Doldrums – ‘Egypt’ – This is ridiculous live, phenomenal energy.
Nicolas Jaar – ‘The Ego’ – Jaar gets silly
Darkstar – ‘Timeaway’ – Bodes well for their 2nd album out in February
Van She – ‘Jamaica’ – Pretend it’s summer with good-time calapyso electro-pop
Gang Colours – ‘Fill Me In’ – YES A CRAG DAIIVID COVER
Diana – ‘Born Again’ – Love this
Aneon – ‘This Is What I Meant’ – Ambientnom
Tall Ships – ‘Gallop’ – “Before you know/You’re getting old/And losing touch“. Thanks for the reminder guys
Hot Chip – ‘Flutes’ – Hey do you remember when The Warning, Made in the Dark and One Life Stand came out and they kinda soundtracked important parts of your life and they were exciting? And then In Our Heads came out this year and it didn’t and wasn’t? ‘Flutes’ from this album is excellent though.
Justus Köhncke Remix ft Alexis Taylor – ‘Wonderman’ – Funky, not in the UK-funky sense.
Gobby – ‘Viewing HRS’ (ZZZ) – CARTOON TECHNO
Chvrches – ‘The Mother We Share’ – Big pop number. Chvrlotte Chvrches.