Day 122 Bastille feat. Gabrielle Aplin – Dreams

Bastille’s mixtape ‘In Other People’s Heartbreak Part 2′ is full of brilliant surprises. Dreams, a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s song of the same title combines a stunning blend of shimmering, mystical electronic sound-bites, a simple drum beat and an atmospheric choir to complete a sparse but musically defined backing. This does however accentuate with triumphant…

Day 121 Lovelife – Invisible

Lovelife’s new EP ‘The Fourth Floor’ is simply glorious. Infectious and warm, Lovelife’s synth based, electronic pop has been spinning round my head for a couple weeks now; I really can’t get enough of it! With a smooth, dreamy style Invisible is perhaps the highlight of the EP, which you download entirely for FREE here!

Day 120 MS MR – Dark Doo Wop

The title Dark Doo Wop sums up this song perfectly. Ominously dark, MS MR smother the listener in apocalyptic, fiery imagery that has a chanting bite, repeating over and over ‘This world is going to burn, burn burn burn…’. It perhaps seems a little bizarre then that in the background throughout there is a finger-clicking,…

Day 119 Menomena – Heavy Is As Heavy Does

The best thing about everyone compiling ‘best of lists’ for 2012 is that you get to catch up on some of the songs that have rudely passed you by over the past 12 months. Menomena’s Heavy Is As Heavy Does is one such case. Slow, melodious and thoughtful, this track is a wonderful conglomeration of…

Day 118 Cub Scouts – Do You Hear

I think if I had the choice to be in any new band at the moment it might have to be Cub Scouts. Everything about the band, from their youthful energy, quirky videos and their infectiously fun indie-pop is highly appealing to me! Told You So (Day 105) was brilliant and looking back at other…

Day 117 Django Django – Default

Admittedly rather ignorant to Django Django’s music so far this year, Default has acted as a real game changer for me as its refreshingly experimental sound hits with a real bang. With a quirky desirability, this concoction of oddly mixed sounds, and regimented vocals has a fantastic energy and head-shuffling ability. The perky guitar riff…

Day 116 Smith and Burrows – As The Snowflakes Fall

Merry Christmas all! As it is Christmas Day today this post shall be short but sweet. Sweet in the sense that this is one of the most beautiful and credible pieces of Christmas music of recent years, thanks to the extraordinarily talented Andy Burrows (Razorlight & I Am Arrows) and Tom Smith (Editors). Let this…

Day 115 The Zolas – Escape Artist

I had sort of forgotten about the prospect of The Zolas following their ludicrously cool single Knot In My Heart (Day 17), however after stumbling across a live recording of them this morning, its safe to see that they are still one to look out for. Released on their second album, ‘Ancient Mars’ (which as…

Day 114 Tom Odell – Can’t Pretend

Things have escalated for Tom Odell since I posted his song Sense on Day 89, as he has been swept along by a growing, hyped momentum that saw him win the Brit Awards’ Critics’ Choice prize earlier this week, becoming the first male to do so in the process. Launching the careers of artists such…

Day 113 Frank Ocean – Sweet Life

A true work of art, Frank Ocean’s Sweet Life is just one of the many, impeccably good songs featured on Ocean’s 2012 album ‘Channel Orange’. Oozing with soul, Ocean’s rich vocals and intellectual lyrics actively influence the modest funk-infused backing music and chorus of the song, adding a rich layer of silky smooth attitude to…