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!
Closer of the very nice Wolfram album, which saw Wolfram team up with guys like Holy Ghost! and Hathaway, this is perhaps the most adventurous song of all (not counting the spoken word film bit he put in there somewhere). A good eleven minutes, and it starts with just a mere piano. At one point it starts doing a little tune, as if we are sitting in at practice and hearing a song get born on the piano. After three minutes slowly the beat is allowed in and the actual song starts, which is this lovely, catchy affair to get on the dancefloor on. Love how it goes a bit deeper, and then basically resets at the eight minute mark. Lovely song.
Beni delivered a tremendous album with some very club ready tunes. Perhaps none so much as this one featuring Sean Delear and Turbotito. It’s got this clubby beat going on that makes you want to dance, and the vocals just entice you to get into dancing mode even more. They even literally invite you by saying “Come on in”. There’s something very sexual to the vocals without throwing in innuendo or noises of people grunting and going at it. In the chorus they go one step further, stating that they “can’t flow without you”, in other words, get on the floor and dance with me baby. It’s got a lovely high pace, and it just makes you want to be surrounded by cute, young people that are getting it on. If you want to get into that club vibe, this is the track, I’ll tell ya.
Hercules and Love Affair impressed me with their new line-up, and with their live show, and with their album. So yeah. Nothing impressed me more though than those vocals by Aerea Negrot, who is on vocal duty for this song. Such nice vocals, so much control over it; perfect. It’s got this yearning quality to it, this dreamy feel. And then the violins come in, that is great, and after that the beat and drums kick it up slightly (though by all means, this is not the most danceable song on the album, far from it). It is this tune where you look at the floor and dreamily dance away, and I do love songs that evoke that kind of feel. Plus, the strings and the vocals give it all the extras it need to be one of my favorite tunes of the year.
Joakim knocked it out of the park with this one. His previous album, I wasn’t too enthusiastic about that, but this one is excellence. With this as its highlight. It’s got this estrangement to it, and I do love that in songs. Kind of like Circlesquare a few years ago, which went on to become my favorite album of that year (and one of my favorites of all time). The first time the vocals come in he immediately cuts to the chase. “My love is gone,” he sings. But if you are afraid it is corny or anything, think again, because the lyrics, the tone of his voice, and the sounds of the music all work together to get across this alienated, this melancholic feel. Some immediate piano sounds are thrown in there at the four minute mark, along with some extra sounds to further convey both the distance and anxiety of the narrator. If you love this kind of vibe, like I do, than go out and get this album on vinyl, like I did. You won’t regret it.
I can’t believe this song is not number one. And I made this list, and I can’t believe this song isn’t even in the top 5. This is a downright home run by the boys from Azari & III. I’ve seen them perform this one live a few times and it positively kills. It’s got the attitude, it’s got the sexiness, it’s got it all. Great vocals, easy to dance to, and everything just fits. It’s got spunk, for some reason I find that to be the right word. In one year they’ve gone from Paradiso upstairs to the support act of Hercules and Love Affair to Lowlands, to Trouw, and now they’re scheduled to perform in the Paradiso main room. And if you listen to this, and if you see how they bring it every live show, then surely one understands the ascend. They bring, exhume, dish out energy, and this track is a perfect example of that.