BEST OF 2012 – Singles

My favourite albums of 2012 is coming, it’s proved to be a little bit hard to compile – so much goodness last year. Ok, so these are my top 50 songs from 2012. Some of the songs on the list weren’t actually singles some are just stand out album cuts. Oh, and happy new year.

50. Florence + the Machine – Spectrum (Say My Name) (Calvin Harris Remix)

49. El-P – The Full Retard

48. Crystal Castles – Wrath of God

47. Moon Duo – Sleepwalker 

46. iamamiwhoami – drops

45. A$AP Rocky – Goldie 

44. Perfume Genius – Hood

43. Beach House – Troublemaker

42. Mount Eerie – Through the Trees pt. 2

41. Brandy – Wildest Dreams

40. CocoRosie – We Are On Fire

39. Killer Mike – Untitled

38. Haim – Forever

37. Angel Olsen – The Waiting

36. Andrew Bird – Lusitania

35. Death Grips – Get Got

34. Foals – Inhaler

33. PEACE – Bloodshake

32. Savages – Flying to Berlin

31. Bloc Party – 3×3

30. Lana Del Rey – Ride

29. Nas – The Don

28. Holy Other – Held

27. Dawn Richard – Change

26. Jens Lekman – The End of the World is Bigger Than Love

25. Macklemore – Same Love

24. Cloud Nothings – Stay Useless

23. Liane La Havas – Forget (LaBlogotheque version)

22. David Byrne & St. Vincent – Who

21. Hot Chip – Flutes

20. Alt-J – Breezeblocks

19. Here We Go Magic – Make Up Your Mind

18. The xx – Reunion

17. Sharon Van Etten – Serpents

16. Liars – No. 1 Against the Rush

15. First Aid Kit – Emmylou

14. Mac DeMarco – Freaking Out the Neighbourhood

13. Sky Ferreira – Everything is Embarrassing

12. Grimes – Oblivion

11. Jessie Ware – 110%

10. John Talabot – Destiny

9. Stars – Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It

8. Bat for Lashes – All Your Gold

7. Frank Ocean – Pyramids

6. Tame Impala – Feels Like We Only Go Backwards

5. oOoOO – NoWayBack

4. Fiona Apple – Anything We Want

3. Grizzly Bear – Yet Again

2. Miguel – Adorn/Arch & Point

1. Cat Power – Cherokee

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Outkast on Frank Ocean’s ‘Pink Matter’

I, like a lot of people have been waiting for a proper Outkast reunion. It’s been a while since we’ve heard both of them on anything substantial since the 2006 soundtrack to their film ‘Idlewild’. But now the Atlanta duo have ‘teamed’ up and joined Frank Ocean on his crooning slow jam ‘Pink Matter’. Ok, so Andre 3000 was already featured but Big Boi has now lent his talents to adding a few bars. Have a listen.

Things I’m Liking – C-check It Out

1283430228_dungenDungen – Skit I Allt (2010)

I’ve been aware of the Swedish band for years but it was one of those bands that I’d just overlook – sometimes listening to new things is daunting, right?. Anyway, ‘Skit I Allt’ (which translates to Fuck It All) is one of those all-consuming psychedelic rock albums full of fuzzy and flourishing guitars and hazy sound scapes with a little 60’s folk rock thrown in there for good measure. It’s a solid album throughout and just basically needs to be listened to.

Best songs: Marken Låg Stilla (this song is fucking gorgeous), Min Enda Vän

Perfect+Prescription+spacemenSpacemen 3 – The Perfect Prescription (1987)

I’ve always been a huge Justin Pierce fan, Spiritualized were such an eye opening band in my formative years. So, recently I’ve been listening to a lot of  psychedelic albums and this was one of them that really made me pay attention. There are quite a few genius moments with the Lou Reed-influenced “Ode to Street Hassle” and the Bob Dylan-borrowed  gospel-tinged “Walkin’ With Jesus”. This album does solidify just how talented Justin Pierce is.

Best songs: Ode to Street Hassle, Walkin’ With Jesus Take Me to the Other Side

187419_1_fVashti Bunyan – Lookaftering (2005)

This was the second full-length album of new material since Bunyan’s 1970 debut “Just Another Diamond Day” 35 years ago. With the influence of her contemporaries such as Devendra Banhart, Piano Magic and Joanna Newsom, Vashti relieved an album full of beautiful, pensive songs that are heartfelt and genuine. I mean, would you expect anything less from the dubbed “godmother of freak folk”?

Best Songs: If I Were, Hidden, Lately, Feet of Clay

New Devendra Banhart

It’s been a while since the freak folk king has released new music. In fact, he’s been relatively quiet since his 2009 album “What Will We Be“. But now the wait is over! Banhart will release his new album”Mala” in March through Nonesuch. A teaser song has been released entitled “Für Hildegard von Bingen“. Once again, he steps away from his skeletal folk beginnings and ushers in a much more rounded, fuller sound. Have a listen.