Yessir, it has started, the countdown of the 50 best tracks of 2011! Everyday I’ll post one track in the Daily Clip section, but if you missed one don’t worry, after each batch of five I’ll be sure to post those songs with links on the site (you’ll find it in the main post). So for the next 50 days, nothing but the best, here we go!
Awesome tune this. Its unbelievably smooth, especially that chorus, which is nothing short of brilliant. It’s originally from a Shalamar tune, going There it is, there it is what took us so long? And that’s so darn catchy, and it nicely juxtaposes the more hip hop vibe of the verses. And always there is that bass to get grooving too. Just terribly lovely this, something that puts a smile on my face, which is important with Christmas time upon us (at the time of writing)!
This spacey track by Gavin Russom logs in at a whopping thirteen minutes. It reminds me off some of Antoni Maiiovi’s work that I touted a couple of years ago: high on atmosphere. Maiiovi made an album with as concept the soundtrack of a fictional B movie, but this doesn’t quite have that concept, though it wouldn’t be totally out of place. But it is kind of too sophisticated for that to be honest, especially when the vocals come in. That’s where the track really takes off and becomes something else. Love that Western-y guitar thing in there. It forms a lovely juxtaposition with the electronic sounds, but somehow the vocals aren’t that out of line for a Western feel either. The vocals also have a lovely sense of urgency to it, which really brings out the anxiety of this track. So if you happen to have a short fifteen minutes to spare, give it a shot. And I warn ya, sit it out, for its a grower.
Okay, yeah, so maybe I’m also a bit smitten with that lovely clip they made for this, which is kind of home video style. But I also like that bass, and I also really like those soft touch vocals he’s got going on here. It’s a very lovable track, and a very catchy one as well, with some nice ethereal sounds to it. Very pleasing and very easy on the ear, and just instantly lovable. It’s a lovable little thing, yes it is! Yes it is!
Ow, Junior Boys, they were fab live at Trouw earlier this year, and surprise surprise, they saved this one for the tail end of the show. His vocals, oh, divine, no? And this one just keeps giving, so darn catchy, so lovely to dance to. And easy on the ears as well, which I put on the vocals for a large part, for who couldn’t listen to those on and on? And then he goes so high on “No you never, no you never” as well at the end of it, which seals the deal if it hadn’t been sealed already. Just a fantastic track by a band that with this album really grew on me this year. Fab fab fab. I don’t see how anyone can not be dancing by the end of the song.
Oh fuck me, this album is brilliant, isn’t it? Gutted his January show has sold out for I would’ve loved to be there, but luckily the album is there to keep me company in the midnight hours. I love the almost spoken word way this starts out with, which keeps on going throughout the song. The only difference is, at one point Jaar starts accompanying it with exactly the right mood, sounds, and music. And this guy has got the skills to do that. An uncanny sense of which sounds should go where. This is perhaps the best example of that from the album, though I’m not making a vow that never changes. Wizardry, that’s what it is, but mostly, its the ability to have sounds build and aid each other to together produce an end product which just exhumes aesthetic. Listen at midnight, and you’ll be blown away. All magic happens at midnight, you know?