Top 200 Tracks of 2012 (151-200)
200. Daughn Gibson – In The Beginning
199. Thee oh sees – Lupine Dominus
A driving punky psychedelic rock romp that builds and builds to its climax. The strip club set video also builds to a climax, although not the one you might expect. You filthy beasts!
198. Metske – Slow tape train blues
In the wrong hands the harmonica is a dangerous instrument – after a few beers a friend of mine recently took it upon himself to “knock out a few tunes” on his. After enduring several minutes of headache inducing wheezing he was gently persuaded that he was in fact not howlin’ wolf.
Thankfully despite hailing from the East Midlands, not Eastern Missouri, ‘Slow Train Tape Blues’ marries a slowly pulsing electronic beat to some wonderfully melancholic harmonica playing. The riff weaves its way through the track, at times collapsing under cascading echo effects before returning with sublime effect.
197. Joe Frawley – I Have A Hard Time Talking About The House
“An experimental composer and pianist working out of New London, Connecticut whose works blur the boundary between music and sound art”
196. Ike Yard – Loss (Regis Version)
“Originally released on Factory America in 1982, Ike Yard was a product of the New York No Wave scene, but also stood very much apart from it, then as now.
Propulsive, paranoid, aggressive electro minimalism”. Remixed by UK Techno producer Regis, although it’s far from a techno makeover.
195. The xx – Angels
“And with words unspoken
A silent devotion“(lyrics).
194. Public Enemy – Get It In (Feat. Bumpy Knuckles)
“Clock tickin 3 songs a day
Like its food
Carry on… I am that ramblin man dude”
193. Yellow Ostrich – Here Today
192. METZ – Headache
“I can’t move, I can’t stand”
191. Melody’s Echo Chamber – I Follow You
190. Peaches Burst! (Bart B More Remix)
“I kill, I kill, I kill the other bitches
I’m the first one hit, I’m the burst it hit”
189. Wiley – Evolve or Be Extinct
“I don’t take care of chipmunks, My name ain’t Alvin
I got a space where I’m living, it’s out of town housing” (lyrics)
188. Six Organs Of Admittance – Waswasa
187. Bruce Springsteen – Death To My Hometown
“The greedy thieves that came around
And ate the flesh of everything they’ve found
Whose crimes have gone unpunished now
Walk the streets as free men now” (lyrics)
186. Cooly G – He Said I Said
185. Laura Mvula – She
“She walked towards you with her head down low
She wondered if there was a way out of the blue”
184. JuJu – Waide Nayde
183. Factory Floor – Two Different Ways (Perc Remix)
Factory Floor played the Tate Modern’s new Tank gallery and had a residency at The ICA in 2012. Their debut LP is due on DFA in early 2013, and the Perc remix of Two Different Ways certainly whets the appetite for what may follow. Its an absolute monster of a house tune!!! There’s a free Perb dub to download too.
182. The Coup – The Guillotine
They got the TV, we got the truth
They own the judges and we got the proof
We got hella people, they got helicopters
They got the bombs and we got the, we got the…“.
181. Lord Huron – The Stranger
“All words of comfort can not take away my doubt
I’ve decided if it kills me I’ll find out what you’re about”
180. Vatican Shadow – Jordanian Descent (Guantanamo Military Commissions)
179. Caitlin Rose – Piledriver Waltz
“You look like you’ve been for breakfast
At the Heartbreak Hotel
And sat in the back booth
By the pamphlets and the literature
On how to lose” (lyrics)
178. Norah Jones – After The Fall (David Andrew Sitek Remix)
177. Mmoths – Heart (Featuring Keep Shelly In Athens)
176. 3 Balearos – Summer Breezin’
175. The King’s Will – Passport (Live)
“as for professions, we’ve different ones…
Didn’t mimic you as a medic – I loathe blood –
But I’ve opened more wounds than you ever closed up,
Sewed up, since we poets, we bare souls
More urgently than you surgeons repair souls…”
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174. Wiz Khalifa Feat. Juicy J – My Favorite Song
“when you living this high, you can’t be afraid of heights
book my flight to vegas well, 20 thousand state a night”
173. Para One – Empire
172. Joey Bada$$ – World Domination
“Who the fuck passed you the mic
And said that you could flow?”
171. Parlour – My Love
Parlour is a solo project of Angela Won-Yin Mak singing and playing with guitars, tapes, pedals and drones. Quietly obsessed with psych repetition, hymn melodies, pop harmonies, tape hiss and anything that sounds dreamy or noisy.”
170. The Wu – Tang Clan – Rivers of Blood
“Stay dipped, rock a striped shirt like Freddy Kreuger
You’se a baby piranha surrounded by barracudas”
The Wu-Tang Clan featuring Queens veteran Kool G Rap on the soundtrack for RZA’s directorial debut featuring Tarantino on production duties. It sounds like somekind of fantasy pairing and while the film failed to live up to its promise, the music is absolutely incredible.
169. Mucca Pazza – Boss Taurus (Jon Kennedy Remix)
Chicago’s finest 30-piece marching band gets a groove-over from the Stockport bred drummer, producer and DJ Jon Kennedy.
Kennedy says that the mix was unique as “it had over 20 tracks of brass! My usual stance is to find a hook and concentrate it and fatten a track with a break and bass line. There were so many hooks!”
168. A Tribe Called Red – Look At This
167. Kendrick Lamar – Backseat Freestyle
“I pray my dick get big as the Eiffel Tower
So I can fuck the world for seventy two hours“. (lyrics)
166. Jeri-Jeri With Mbene Diatta Seck Mbeuguel – Dafa NekhLos
Fabulous production by Mark Ernestus, drawn from his recordings with some of Senegal’s greatest musicians — a griot clan of Sabar drummers from Kaolack in Senegal, led by Bakane Seck.
Featuring the lovelorn vocals of guest Mbene Diatta Seck, Sabar traditions are fused with furious Afro-Cubanismo, hard funk-rock, and shards of high-life.
165. Fulanos – End Of The Dub
The first couple of hundred copies of Los Fulanos’ “Si Esto Se Acaba Que Siga El Boogaloo” album come with a spicy 7″ featuring dub versions of tracks like “The End Of The World”. Their label describe the resulting sound as “a sexadelic piece of echo chamber boogaloo” and I can’t coin a turn of phrase better than that!
These versions are exclusive to this extremely limited vinyl single and will apparently not be released digitally.
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164. Bomba Estéreo – El Alma y El Cuerpo
Originally dating back to 2011 but released with a new video on Soundway in 2012 so thats enough for me to include it here.
It’s a very accessible pop take on the Colombian Champeta sound (Champeta being Colombia’s take on West African guitar-pop).
163. Touché – Wild Horses
“Through the rails I spied
Your ponytail. I tried
With sugar cubes – And they’re O.K.
But I don’t think I’ll catch you that way”
Sublime cover from Prefab Sprout’s 90’s synth album “Jordan: The Comeback”.
On the original Paddy McAloon persuaded Jenny Agutter to softly intone “I want to have you“ forever establishing the song as a favourite for all men of a certain age.
162. Heems – Womyn
“Women like to watch You’ve Got Mail with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks
(YO ME TOO DOG!)
Women you’re great, on behalf of men “Thanks” (THANK YOU WOMEN!)”
Originally released on Himanshu Suri from Das Racists Tumblr page, Nehru Jackets.
161. Azealia Banks – Jumanji
“Real Bitch, All Day, Uptown, Broadway”
Produced by Hudson Mohawke and Nick Hook and released as a free to download taster of her “Fantastic” mixtape. .
160. Meursault – Dull Spark
159. Palov & Panama Cardoon – Favelas
158. Ssion – Feelz Good (4-Evr)
157. Haim – Send Me Down
156. Why? – Shag Carpet
“So I put the porn in a poem to confess and atone
I address the past and ask why I’m alone” (lyrics)
155. Meridian Brothers – Salsa Caliente (Versión Aumentada)
If you’ve ever wondered what a Latin Frank Sidebottom would sound like Bogota’s Meridian Brothers provide the answer.
Actually that might be a bit offensive, what I mean is the sonic creations of Eblis Álvarez are so wilfully obscure and playful, they’re almost unclassifiable.
Traditional instruments rub up against tinny keyboard riffs, the sweetest female backing singers and bizarre electronic noodling. That description may sound horrendous but it’s an utter joy.
Latin American surrealism at its finest!
154. DANCE FLOOR OUTLAWS – Juke Box
153. Josh Homme and David Sardy – Nobody To Love
Queens Of The Stone Age mainman Josh Homme hid this solo track in the end credits of the film “End Of Watch”
152. Icona Pop – I Love It
“You’re from the Seventies
But I’m a Nineties bitch”
151. Joy Orbison – Ellipsis