Friday, July 27, 2012

[PLAYLIST] It's Summer '12!

What are the songs you are going to make unwanted babies/have shameful hot sex to this Summer? Here's what.

Electric Guest - The Bait
Just the sound of it makes me feel like I'm on holiday. Sadly, I'm not (yet). 

Noisettes - Winner
The Olympics may be starting today, but this is the only important thing: a new GREAT Noisettes song. Plus it's free on their Facebook page. And it's way better than official single "That Girl". New album contact is out August 27.

Misha B - Home Run
I like this first single from 2011 UK X-Factor contestant Misha B, she's giving Rihanna a run for her money. The song is awesome and she has some star quality. Let's see if she delivers after that.

Lou Doillon - ICU
Everything was here for me to hate this project (high-profile French actress singing) but I have to admit that this is stunning, classy, perfectly tailored for her. The album, Places, is out on September 3, and it's a total success on every level. Great A&R & project management here!

Faye - Water Against The Rocks
Hello, one of the best songs of the year! Amazing music from Sweden, of course. Facebook page here.

Thomas Azzier - Red Eyes
Amazing music from Sweden, part 2: Thomas Azzier has a very promising EP out, you should check it out. Free download of the song here.

St Lucia - All Eyes On You
This sounds a bit like All Saints' Pure Shores in a way, so I cannot not love it! Perfect Summer track. Here's the whole EP for you to listen to, while you're at it!

Florrie - Late EP

I feel like the worst pop blogger ever for writing about Florrie's amazing 3rd EP Late just now. You know how I feel about this super talented & clever artist (read here), her first two EPs were pop masterclasses in their own right. Late is a continued lesson in pop songwriting and production, with a daring artist and team proving pop can be super catchy as well as brilliantly crafted and more ambitious than a never-ending Katy Perry marathon of Hell. What I love about the tracklisting of this EP, is that it shows a real progression and increases in quality with every song. While Shot You Down is pleasant but not very original, I'm Gonna Get You Back takes two listens to reveal its magic. Every Inch is epic, and has backing chants reminiscent of Britney's Gimme More version from her Recent Femme Fatale Tour. To The End is one of the best songs you'll hear all year.

Now Florrie has signed to a major label, it will be interesting to see how she evolves both musically and creatively. With the first three records she's offered so far, there's no doubt she's got BIG things ahead of her. And it will only be justice that she's pop's next big thing. 

Paloma Faith - Blood Sweat and Tears
This is the only song that really caught my ear on Paloma's new album. I guess I was more charmed by the first one... Anyway: what a star.

Amelia Lily - You Bring Me Joy
The latest Xenomania victory was tailor-made for 2011 X Factor contestant Amelia Lily. It's high quality pop, like pretty much everything that comes out of the Xeno house. What a chorus!

Alt-J - Tesselate
This is perfect for an warm Summer evening, chilling with a grass of rosé while you're getting ready to go out. The album is equally beautiful, I highly recommend it.

Citizens! - Reptile
Their album was produced by Alex Kapranos, and you can hear the Franz Ferdinand frontman did quite a good job. Instant melodies and great pop/rock tracks. This record is a winner!

Scissor Sisters - Somewhere
The best track from their latest album Magic Hour is, just like Invisible Light on Night Work, right at the end of the record. It's kind of a treat for all those who give the album a full listen. I love this emotional electro-disco track. And apart from that, what do you mean you haven't watched my interview with the band??? It's here.


It's not really Summer without amazing guilty pleasures. 2012 isn't so generous in that regard, but those three are more than we could have hoped for. 

Owl City feat Carly Rae Jepsen - Good Time
I'm not a fan of Carly's mega hit Call Me Maybe (although its pop brilliance is difficult to deny, it's just reductive ;)) but her collaboration with former one hit wonder Own City is a jolly good track, full of carefree joy. Perfect for a roadtrip.

Lawson - Taking Over Me
UK boybands are on a roll this year! While I wasn't hooked on their first single When She Was Mine, this one sounds perfectly catchy and likeable right from the first listen. Plus, who doesn't like a decent boyband?

Little Mix - Wings
I've already told you how much I like this song, but now we have a video to go along with it. It's extremely (too) well marketed, so it should be a huge hit when it's released in about 53 years (at the en of August).

Happy holidays, y'all!

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