So that was 2013. It feels like just five minutes ago we were taking a look back at the musical delights from 2012. And now as we sit precariously on the edge of 2014, it’s time once again to get all bleary eyed with nostalgia and dig out some of our favourite singles and albums from the last twelve months, and arrange them into some sort of order.
This is the first of three retrospectives which will all be online in the next couple of days. Comment below if you think we’ve missed anything.
10. Woman’s Hour – To The End
The dark mysterious track, which introduced us to the London based four-piece. Creeping synths paired with Fiona Burgess’s delicate vocal which at times has a feel of the Sarah Cracknell about it, and creates a haunting but strangely mesmerising sound. Couple that with the rather awesome Boxed in Remix of the groups ‘To The End’, which takes pulsating beats and a dollop of 90′s dance inspired melody and synths and this is perfect.
9. Bondax – Giving It All
The second track this year from the Lancastrian duo. A blissful dance track which had summer written all over it. Blending the duo’s distinctive post-dub step production with upbeat vocals.
8. MØ – Waste of Time
The follow up to MØ’s breakthrough tracks ‘Pilgrim’ and ‘Glass’. ‘Waste of Time’ is packed with MØ’s vocal attitude all built around a RnB/pop beat. MØ’s debut album ‘No Mythologies To Follow’ is due for release February 24.
7. Banks – Waiting Game
There’s a lot of hype around Banks at the moment. With her name featuring on the BBC’s sound of … and the UK blog sound long lists. ‘Waiting Game’ which was produced by SOHN, blends Banks’ smart and sultry vocals with a restrained haunting melody and a dense throbbing beat.
6. Jagwar Ma – Man I Need
Released online as a epic nine minute epic white label version. ‘Man I Need’ was the opening salvo in the release of the Aussie psychedelic rock threesome’s awesome debut album ‘Howlin’.
5. SZA – Julia
Taken from SZA’s second ‘Z’ EP, which was the follow-up to her debut ‘S’ EP. Produced by Felix Snow and Dave Free it’s a blend of sparkly pop melodies and SZA’s gorgeous pulled back vocal. Which fades away towards the end into a RnB inspired refrain.
4. Moko – Hand on Your Heart
We featured Moko’s amazing ‘Homesick’ on our Summer playlist, and were equally blown away by this follow-up track. ‘Hand on Heart’ is a smooth love song which shows off Moko’s vocal in all it’s glory. Expect to hearing a lot from Moko in the new year.
3. Is Tropical – Dancing Anymore
The first track taken from Is Tropical’s new album ‘I’m Leaving’ and a change of pace for the band. Gone are the howling guitars, and in their place a dancier, smoother sound. and chuck in a Youtube unfriendly video and you’re onto a winner.
2. Sivu – Bodies
The second track from new face Sivu. Following up from the amazing debut track ‘Better Man Than He’, ‘Bodies’ sees Sivu develop his style further. A style that has seen him compared to the likes of Alt-J, which isn’t surprising as they share a producer in Charlie Andrews.
1. MSMR – Think of You
Possibly our favourite track from the new york art pop duos debut album ‘Secondhand Rapture’. Opening with a bleep which bares uncanny resembles to the opening of Postal Service’s ‘Such Great Heights’, before Lizzy Plapinger charges in with her powerful vocal. It’s been a great year for MS MR, expect a new album next year.