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Indie January

18 Jan

As usual, this year will bring us a large focus on indie music. Some will be from up and coming artists, some from years ago, some really good and a lot really shit, but we know to expect that. As usual, we search for a balance, between the old and the new and good and the good (we don’t really seek the bad, and we don’t have to, because we can easily find it on the Aria top 40). Here are just some picks for 2010.

Peter Bjorn and John came to us in 2006 with the hit Young Folks, which seemed all primed to be a one hit wonder, wrong, the Swedish three piece are still going strong to this day, and the song below will prove it.

Peter Bjorn & John – Nothing To Worry About

Peter Bjorn & John – Let’s Call It Off (Girl Talk Remix)

Micachu of Micachu and the Shapes is a 22 year old singer, songwriter, composer from the UK best known for experimental genres of music. The band was formed in 2008, but really started making waves in 2009 with the release of Jewelery. This year should be big for them.

Micachu and the Shapes – Calculator

Micachu and the Shapes – Golden Phone

Crystal Stilts is an American indie band formed in New York City in 2003. Though you may not have known much about them back then, word is starting to spread and you should be familiar with a few of their tracks.

Crystal Stilts – Love is A Wave **Highly Recommended

White Lies you should all know by now. The English band, formerly known as Fear Of Flying, was formed late 2007, and last year’s release, Fairwell To The Fairground made a big impact on charts all over the world. They were tipped ones to watch in 2009, and now have well established themselves in the indie-rock scene.

White Lies – Taxidermy ** Highly Recommended

White Lies – To lose My Life (Filthy Dukes Remix)

British band, the Editors, have been previously known as Pilot, Snowfield and The Pride. They’ve so far released two platinum selling albums and now come back with more in 2010.

The Editors – Papillon ** Highly Recommended

Bonus:

Outasight – Catch Me If You Can

Chew Lips – Play Together (Jocks Remix)

Filthy Dukes – Poison Ivy

The Kills – Fried My Little Brains

Whomadewho – Hello Empty Room **Highly Recommended

Vampire Weekend – Diplomats Song

2009! #45-#41

22 Dec

Continuing the countdown to 2009….But firstly I’d like to take this oppurtunity to also announce the worst song of the year; hands down, “Boom Boom Pow” – Black Eyed Peas. We never expect anything great from the BEP, but this time they really outdid themselves on the shit scale, so well done guys, get ready for the track to be filtered down to “hits-for-kids” style compilations all over the globe!

45 Whomadewho – Keep Me In My Plane

Danish electro-pop trio, Whomadewho, always have an element have of fun in their music, along with a sophisticated blend of funkpunk, nu-wave, disco and the odd cover. This track is no exception. Off the hit 2008 album, The Plot, this down-tempo track has mesmorising vocals and guitar, making it a nice little background tune to chillout to. The videoclip is kind of strange but worth a look also and as well as quite a few good remixes, I reccommend the Max Pask one, which the gives the track a real disco feel.

Whomadewho – Keep me In My Plane (Videoclip)

Whomadewho – Keep Me In My Plane (Max Pask Remix)

Whomadewho – Keep Me In My Plane

44 Boys Noize – Jeffer

Off the German producer’s hit full length, Power, Jeffer is definitely a club anthem for 2009. Boy Noize’s dicey style of electro is always sure to procude something special on the dancefloor. Jeffer is particular has an upbeat sound that builds the whole way through with lots of chop, squeaky sounds and sharp angles. I don’t think that anything will ever be as good as his remix of Phantom II, but this definitely puts him back on the money, with similar progression and stabby electro sounds, but also complented with some jerky vocals. But what I find most clever is how Alex Ridha can master the big club electro sound like this as well as more minimalist and progressive sounds featured in Nott and his remix of Florence and the Machine’s “Drumming Song.” This Berlina (can I use that word?) is a well talented DJ and producer and should not be missed at Future Music in Australia early next year.

Boys Noize – Jeffer

43 Zoot Woman – Saturation

We had to wait six years for the new Zoot Woman album, but as anticipated, it was well worth it. The smooth and gentle synth-pop band have hit another winner with their latest album, Things Are What They Used To Be, making it very difficult to choose which songs to put into the countdown. It’s interesting to know that the band was formed by Stuart Price, music director of Madonna, and aka Les Rhythm Digitales, Jacques Lu Cont and Pur Homme. Saturation makes the perfect sophisticated pop song, it has good development and anticipation build up, a nice blend of instruments and sounds. These guys are definitely one of the most underrated bands around.

Zoot Woman – Saturation

42 Julian Casablancas – 11th Dimension

Former Strokes lead singer, Julian Casblancas, is one of those guys who just reeks of cool. As much as I liked the Strokes, I think they held him back, as with his solo career, he has unleashed a completely different style of music, blending a lot more synth, percussion and electro-pop into his music. 11th Dimension makes for a great pop song; it’s fun, synthie, adverturous and a little bit 80s. As usual, Casablancas employs an effortlessly cool style of vocals that really grabs your attention and assures you that the song has a very deep meaning even if you’re not sure what it is. To top it all off, this song is even quite dancey! His debut solo albums, “Phrazes for the Young“, released in November is defnitely worth a listen.

Julian Casblancas – 11th Dimension

41 The Juan Maclean – Happy House

The Juan Maclean is fairly new to me this year, but I already love their minimalist synthie sound in this epic chillout, nu-disco style track, to which LCD Soundsystem’s, Nancy Whang does the vocals. Borrrowing his signiture sound from the early 90s house scene, the Juan Maclean produces an upbeat happy track that also encourages a slightly melancholy feeling through its nostalgic undertone. Despite the length and reptitiveness of the track, you can listen and enjoy every minute of the build and rotation of sounds and Whang’s sweet and harminous vocals. This is another one of those songs that you want to listen to, dancing in an exclusive underground club with your fancy and pricey cocktail sitting on the bar waiting for you (watching it carefully to make sure it’s not spiked of course!)

The Juan Maclean – Happy House