Mount Kimbie x Made To Stray

The first new sounds to come down from the mountain in quite some time find the boys with a newfound confidence in their vocal delivery and the promise of an LP dropping May 28th.

TOP SONGS OF 2012

10. Phedre - In Decay

2012’s biggest weirdos Phedre, produced one of the year’s most intriguing pieces of music, with In Decay’s fusion of pop sensibilities and delightfully disturbing lyricism.

9. Strip Steve - Astral Projection

2012’s second best collaboration saw seasoned producer Strip Steve team up with the hipper-than-hip Puro Instinct sisters to reimagine Blondie for the 21st century.

8. Kwes - Bashful

Celebrated man-behind-the-scenes Kwes used 2012 as an opportunity to make some songs to call his own - and while his Warp released Meantime EP was met with varying levels of acclaim, ‘Bashful’ remains as a testement to the man’s ability to carve out a real song from amongst his signature studio trickery.

7. Andrew Bird - Desperation Breeds

Stalwart of this blog and all round musical genius, Andrew Bird made a solid addition to his extensive back catalogue this year with the recorded-in-a-barn Break It Yourself. ‘Desperation Breeds’ is the perfect fusion of Bird’s musicianship and songwriting genius.

6. Bicep - Vision Of Love

Taking things back to basics, the Bicep boys produced 2012s definitive dancefloor banger, with a fond nostalgia for 90s house and an ear for a killer vocal hook.

5. Major Lazer - Get Free

Against all expectations Major Lazer, The Diplo and Switch production vehicle  responsible for a host of club monstrosities, created something not just catchy but extremely beautiful - with more than a little help from Amber of Dirty Projectors fame.

4. Twin Shadow - Five Seconds

While George Lewis Jr’s second full length, Confess, lacked the songcraft and inventiveness of its predecessor, it found his penchant for unabashed new-wave guitar alive and well in frantic lead single, Five Seconds.

3. Jai Paul - Jasmine

Jai Paul continued to test everyones patience in 2012 by refusing to put out anything other than this dubiously titled ‘demo’, leading to a bout of, frankly creepy, private investigating. The fact that anticipation is as rife as ever for the long-mooted full length from the Rayners Lane enigma is testemant to just how good of a ‘demo’ Jasmine is.

2. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti - Baby

While Ariel Pink’s follow up to About Today didn’t receive the same unanimous praise accorded to its predecessor, the album’s closer, a cover of Donnie and Joe Emerson’s 1979 sleeper hit ‘Baby’, reminded everyone that in amongst Ariel’s signature low-fi haze is more than a hint of bonefide genius.

1. Todd Terje - Inspector Norse

The inescapable soundtrack to 2012’s best nights out continues to be on heavy rotation despite it’s release way back in January. Guaranteed to make people smile on the dancefloor, fall in love in the dark and move their feet on public transport, Inspector Norse is Terje’s crowning achievement as both a producer and a songwriter.

The Shout Out Louds x Blue Ice

Swedish indie veterans The Shout Out Louds gave their metaphorical middle finger to the download industry today with a new single made from ice. Real, frozen, H20 ice.
Designed, presumably, to manage a single play before it lands your record player with irreversible water damage, it could well be the most beautiful criticism of a notoriously ephemeral industry ever conceived.
If you weren’t lucky enough to be one of the ten select people to receive an ‘ice box’ (you probably weren’t) then you can listen to the song above, before trying to win a box of your very own over at the band’s official website. Also be sure to check out the video explaining the project on youtube.

The Shout Out Louds x Blue Ice

Swedish indie veterans The Shout Out Louds gave their metaphorical middle finger to the download industry today with a new single made from ice. Real, frozen, H20 ice.

Designed, presumably, to manage a single play before it lands your record player with irreversible water damage, it could well be the most beautiful criticism of a notoriously ephemeral industry ever conceived.

If you weren’t lucky enough to be one of the ten select people to receive an ‘ice box’ (you probably weren’t) then you can listen to the song above, before trying to win a box of your very own over at the band’s official website. Also be sure to check out the video explaining the project on youtube.