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Top 50 songs of 2018 – 50 to 41

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50. Karen O, Michael Kiwunuka – YO! MY SAINT

This track was released back in January and it’s full of drama and dripping in lust. Fuzzy guitars and the soulful sounds of Michael Kiwunuka provide the perfect foundation for O’s vocals to dazzle. Designed to emulate the drama of a Korean soap opera, it was written to soundtrack a short film, which helps to make sense of the song’s cinematic feel.

 

  1. LeyeT – Drip Drop

Drip Drop is a deceptively simple pop song. The catchiness and immediacy of the melody mask the urgency of the lyrics, the sense that pain and heartbreak can feel relentless and overwhelming. The song’s production subtly mirrors the relentless through repetition before we reach a point of release.

 

  1. Hammer – Inside Soul

Rory Hamilton – aka Hammer – has been buddies with Bicep since their early Belfast days. Now based in East London, Inside Soul was the third track on his C-Space EP (released on Bicep’s label) and is equal parts hypnotic and euphoric.

 

  1. DJ Koze – Seeing Aliens

The lead single from Koze’s critically acclaimed Knock Knock album, Seeing Aliens is a baffling listen. Eight minutes of whirrs, glitches and general chaos make up the melody, Seeing Aliens is a speedy 3am drive up the motorway, when your monotony is irregularly frazzled by oncoming lights.

 

  1. James Supercave – Something To Lose (metsa Rework)

It’s pretty rare for remixes to make my top 50, but this metsa rework is superbly catchy. A dystopian remix in which the emotions of the original seem to have been given a cyborg makeover; it’s a battle between the metallic coldness of the production and the tenderness of the vocals.

 

  1. George Fitzgerald – Siren Call

From Fitzgerald’s second album All That Must Be, Siren Call feels like an ode to lying awake at night in an unfamiliar city. Full of creeping electronics and unsettling distortions, moments of peace and calm when you’re drifting into slumber are snatched away by another disturbance.

 

  1. Ellas Ross – Plastic

Sometimes music is at its best when you strip away all the unnecessary elements and keep it simple. Plastic feels like an artist at the end of a relationship, wearily realising that the person they thought they knew was never there. The façade has melted, and it’s time to accept it. Without malice, but with growing strength, Plastic lets us hear someone gaining clarity and acceptance.

 

  1. Django Django – Swimming at Night

Django Django’s Winter’s Beach EP was a pleasant surprise in September, and Swimming at Night was its instantly catchy single. Electronic percussion and synth-y goodness to the fore, this is a cracking pop song full of fun.

 

  1. Kidnap – After All

Sheffield-born Producer Kidnap (previously Kidnap Kid) released his Ashes EP in March and After All was the third track on it. With shades of Massive Attack, there a reflective and borderline spiritual quality to After All, with lyrical snippets of Amazing Grace subtly woven into the record. “You know when you get a taste of it?, I want this to be my life” the vocalist asks halfway through, as the music reflects the longing and hopes of the singer.

 

  1. Simian Mobile Disco – Hey Sister

This is a track that shouldn’t work on any level. Dance music doesn’t usually have choirs. Add in cold electronic beats that seem so urgent compared to the placid vocals and it’s a song that should drown in its own contradictions. Instead Simian Mobile Disco have created a unique track that sounds awesome. Well played.

Friday Feeling Playlist: A tribute to the Buggedout Weekender

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It’s Friday. Woo-hoo!

One of the regular features I’d like to add is a feel-good playlist to power us through Friday afternoons/help shake off the hangover/get ready for a big night out [choose the most appropriate for you]. There will be a theme to each week’s playlist – which I’ll briefly explain – and there has to be an upbeat feel to the song for it to be included.

This week’s theme is the Buggedout Weekender. By way of background, almost a year ago to the day my – then fiance, now – husband and I went to Butlins in Bognor Regis with 20-odd of our friends for a weekend of dancing, laughter and joy.

That weekend was incredibly special; it was one of the best of my life. To be with such good friends, far away from anywhere we know yet surrounded by people who were having a good time was just amazing. We partied hard. Some of my friends were still messaging a couple of weeks later saying they hadn’t recovered. But there were so many moments – highlights – that I think we’d all admit it was worth it.

Buggedout’s slogan is that its ‘just a big disco’. And it was. But it was also something a little life altering. Last week I watched a documentary on the rave culture in the early 90’s and those who attended said it felt non-judgmental, safe and free. It struck me that it was similar language to the hippy movement. And what’s most surprising to me is that, when I think back to the Buggedout Weekender, I felt like it had those elements as well, and they’re not always easy to come by.

So here is the first Friday Feeling playlist.

  • Bicep – because they were brilliant that weekend, closing the event on the Sunday.
  • Daniel Avery – because he was my gateway into the world of Buggedout, and I shall forever be grateful.
  • Armand Van Helden – because he headlined the Saturday night and played pretty much every 90’s dance classic I can think of.
  • George Fitzgerald – because his set on the Friday night was the main reason I couldn’t get out of bed on the Saturday. I went way too hard and heavy.
  • Tame Impala (Soulwax Remix) – Heidi played this at the end of her set and it was magnificent.