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2014 Tracks Of The Year – #25 – 21

10 Dec

Tracks of 2014 - 25-21

After spending some time looking ahead in excitement at our top 15 artists to Listen Out For in 2015, it is now time to take a look back at some of the brilliant music we’ve enjoyed in the last 12 months. As is the norm, we will be looking at our favourite tracks, EPs and Albums of the year. This week will be Tracks (starting right now) and EPs and Albums will follow from next week.

So, we start our countdown of our 25 favourite tracks right here and now with numbers 25 – 21, but what exactly do we mean by a track, does it have to be a single? Well no, no it doesn’t. That may seem a bit of a cheat, but there’s a reason behind it. We have purposefully used quite a loose definition of ‘tracks’. We are not looking at singles only but tracks that were released in one capacity or another over the last 12 months. The only other arbitrary rule we have implemented is, one song per artist.

These then are the tracks that really stood out and stayed with us across the year, and we mean the whole year, many of these tracks have been out a number of months and we keep coming back to them time and time again, that’s how good they are.

We hope you like them and hopefully even find some you hadn’t heard before.


#25 Eurielle – “City of the Dead”

We love a bit of drama in our music and just from the title of this Eurielle track (and the associated image) we knew we were going to get it. Fantastically cinematic and theatrical it begins with a delicate swirl of melody, a gust of wind blowing gentle chimes across the landscape, a moment of purity and peace before the darkness and foreboding that follows. The chorus is like the opening of the door to Hades, an incantation is recounted and a terrifying, gothic world is laid bare before us, the inhabitants of which wait patiently to lay waste to the lands above. The beat, steady and strong like the stomping of a staff on the concrete below, is unrelenting as the orchestration and vocals dance their dance of the damned. Fantastic stuff.



#24 Colurmusic – “Dreamgirl 82”

Taken from Colurmusic’s May You Marry Rich album, “Dreamgirl 82” is a thing of dark and heavy, stormy and face melting fantasticness. It hits you with a deliciously oppressive and thundering drawl as guitar licks drip like molten lava; hot and hypnotic they ooze out and envelop the world around you. There is a domineering danger in the air as the rhythm crashes like buildings to the ground and you can do nothing but prostate yourself in servitude to a new master, nodding your head compulsively as blurred vocals issue inaudible commands that you will follow unquestionably.



#23 Emily King – “Distance”

When we first heard “Distance” by Emily King we simply started smiling, a big gurning grin of happiness. We liked the feeling so we played it again, and again, and, well you get the idea. It is a glorious throwback to emotive musical narratives of the past and “Distance” begins and ends like an old Carpenter’s tune with the kind of dreamy, lilting melody that would fill a house on an idyllic, relaxed Sunday morning. It has a gentle funky Motown beat as an optimistic drum beat skips along with honeyed vocals that drip with innocence, infatuation and confidence in the love it is so lost inside. It is simply gorgeous and addictive and deserves all the love it gets and more.



#22 Yellerkin – “Tools”

Yellerkin’s “Tools” is a song of subtle and intricate atmospherics, it has a yeasayery feel to it as oohs float around a forest of rhythm and genres meld into one but it’s the moment when the synths properly kick in about two thirds in that is really something. It’s bizarrely brilliant, like a wobbly house moment, or if rave culture had been built on lava lamps rather than smilies and pills. It’s woozy and bouncy at the same time, fun and fantastic.



#21 Branko – “Control” (feat. Yadi & Bert On Beats)

Featuring Yadi and Bert On Beats Branko’s “Control” is a super-bouncy, brash and bright piece of frenetic pop. Like an Arabian Robyn channelling Daft Punk, it’s compulsive, addictive. The beat is unrelenting, the bassline gripping, the hook is magnificent and Yadi’s vocals and lyrics sound wonderful. It just sounds so colourful. There’s so much going on that your senses are effectively battered into submission but hey, this is totally worth giving in to.

”Control” is out now and available to buy on iTunes.


Branko – “Control” (feat. Yadi & Bert On Beats)

23 Apr

Control

Something unusual happened to us at work the other day. The real life work we mean, where we have excellent wifi (ahem) and a very relaxed attitude to listening to headphones whilst doing whatever task we have before us that day. So, as we sat there doing our thing, striving to make the world a better place and all that, we got some tunes streaming on Soundcloud and kaboom, it was like some kind of crazy party kicking off in our ears.

Never, EVER, before have we felt compelled to stand up and start throwing our hands about like a drunkard controlled marionette before, but we almost couldn’t help ourselves. Quickly we were sending the track to friends and making other people listen. We were pressing repeat and very quickly our neck was aching from all the head nodding we had going on.

Featuring Yadi and Bert On Beats (possibly our new favourite name, ever) Branko’s “Control” is a super-bouncy, brash and bright piece of frenetic pop. Like an Arabian Robyn channelling Daft Punk, it’s compulsive, addictive. Jeez, one taste and we were hooked. We pretty much spent the evening re-upping on it time and time again. The beat is unrelenting, the bassline gripping, the hook is magnificent and Yadi’s vocals and lyrics sound wonderful. We are a bit in love with this one. It just sounds so colourful. There’s so much going on that your senses are effectively battered into submission but hey, this is totally worth giving in to.

”Control” is out now and available to buy on iTunes.


Listen: YADi – “Creatures”

22 Aug

YADi Creatures

A couple of months ago YADi had us addicted to ”The Blow”. Before you call the police because you once heard that ‘blow’ is/was a colloquialism for a certain kind of drug, we mean the adrenalin fuelled, hook-laden, slice of pure pop brilliance that was her last single. This month she has us hooked once more, but this time it is on “Creatures” (also a song of course, not some weird obsession with pets or David Attenborough documentaries).

“Creatures” is more laid back than “The Blow” and floatier perhaps. There are soft vocals to whirl alongside the piano and slip inside your subconscious but it’s still a kaleidoscope of colour, drums, piano, synths, beeps, noodles and vocals; like fairground level over stimulation. All the clashing sounds and colours that would seem empty and a bit sad stood alone and empty during the day, but come the night spark into life together to create a formidable creature of carnival creativity, a beast you want to dive right into. There’s even a bit of YADi rap thrown in for good measure, like a bonus prize for getting so many tickets.

It’s great stuff and only further cements her burgeoning reputation as one of the brightest new acts around.

”Creatures” is out today (22 August) on YADi’s own Seven Brother Records and can be bought from iTunes.

UPDATE: The video, which was shot on Super 8 and directed by the super talented Charlotte Rutherford, is now out and you can watch it below.



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Listen: YADi – “The Blow”

11 Mar

YADi

As if we didn’t already have enough reasons to be in love with MS MR, they have inadvertently turned us on to another exciting new pop act that is now rocking our world.

Curious about who this YADi (who had been announced as the support for the MS MR show tonight (11 March) at XOYO) was, we fired up Soundcloud and were quickly hit with a rush more powerful than ten cans of Red Bull.

From the very first ‘click click boom’ of the gunshot at the beginning of her latest offering, “The Blow”, we are treated to high energy and vibrant poppy sounds. Tribal beats pulsate underneath laser sharp synth sounds and YADi’s echoey vocals. Reminiscent of the dark vs light pop of Nikki & The Dove, this is equally infectious and colourful.

Evidently she has some pretty heavyweight supporters in the industry and it is easy to understand why. “Just keep on shooting coz I can’t feel the blow” she sings; it might as well be ‘Just keep on hitting repeat coz you know you can’t stop’.

“The Blow” is out now and can be bought here.


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