DJ Earworm– United State of Pop 2012 (Shine Brighter)
Okay, I just had to! I’ve been waiting to hear DJ Earworm’s homage to pop this year as we’ve had a whole string of LSS and cringe-worthy pop tracks – I am sparing you guys by not listing them here. It’s far from my favourite as I think he’s done better stuff but hey, let’s do this one more time (and thank heavens he didn’t include that crazy Korean song).
Errors – Magna Encarta
Here’s a lovely tune from Glaswegian band Errors. Quite fittingly, this track makes me remember the good bits of last year and also makes me look forward to creating awesome ones this year. Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. Indeed.
Atoms for Peace – Judge, Jury and Executioner
Yay this tune, because I have massive respect for Thom Yorke and Flea. I love listening to this track after work, walking my way from Covent Garden towards Victoria Embankment. The wintry temperature drop is crisp to the bones and the worst case of jet lag is beyond control but this tune really gets me into a zen-like state. Can’t wait for the full album to come out.
Balance and the Traveling Sounds – Something About Us
(Thank YOU for reminding me of good coffee conversations)
Daft Punk’s original was brill and the video was kickass. BTS’s cover doesn’t steer too far from it; the band just added a bit of swag with rap ad libs and raw, meatier drums. This has a live lounge session feel and it’s cool because it feels rather raw and more organic. There’s a sweet, sticky guitar solo halfway and you get into a cool, steady haze. Awesome.
Jesse Boykins III’ & Melo X – I’m New Here
JB3s take on Outkast’s Prototype was one of my favourite covers of the song (there’s a hint of Seals and Crofts’ Summer Breeze before the ad lib). His vibe is clearly influenced by Maxwell; late night smooth R&B you either take to the tub or to bed. His collab album with DJ/Producer Melo X Zulu Guru is a great slick piece for cold January nights.
The Lumineers – Flowers In Your Hair
Ahhh… The Lumineers of Ho Hey and Stubborn Love fame. There’s something about folk-rock singers/bands that blow me away. Partly, it’s the grand idea of jamming in a barn over bourbon, plaid shirts and hay. Mostly, it’s the way they tell a story through lyrics and sound. Reminds me of my father all the time.
Excited for all the great music to come this year! =)