Introducing the new weekly Bonus List – the extension of our weekly A List that is posted every Sunday – which is another chance to showcase some of the other songs we’re still really liking right now.
As with the A List, these tracks are listed in order of preference. It’s the closest blogging gets to the charts. As with the A List, there is a four week limit for the tracks, so if it has been on the A List for a couple of weeks then it can only stay here for two. Some songs will also come straight into the Bonus List, from either the This Week Playlist or from our Tracks of the Day selections.
These 10 tracks have all features previously on the site and are all – as far as we’re concerned – really very good.
11. Dan Croll – Away From Today
A slightly disorientating indie pop track that could easily have been take from Bombay Bicycle Club’s back catalogue. It plays with the senses a little, never quite settling.
12. Stage Van H – Orange Beach – Marko Melo Remix
Orange Beach has a top-line that constantly teases you; dangling melodies and noises but withdrawing then before you get too comfortable and drawing your ears and imagination back to its dynamic underbelly.
13. The XX – Dangerous
A tremendous statement of intent to kick off new album I See You.
14. Jaakko Aukusti – What If All Else Fails?
What if All Else Fails? has all the icy and bare elements of any great Northern European glacial landscape.
15. Tall Tall Trees – Freedays
Sounds like a product of vast and hazy country landscapes, and would comfortably sound at home alongside records by Fleet Foxes and Jonathan Wilson.
16.The XX – Performance
A heart-dropping, mournful and gripping track that finds The XX back on familiar ground. Romy’s vocals are – as usual – emotional in a way so few other singers can manage.
17. FREAK – Cake
Loud, thrashy and suitably angry, FREAK hails from Chelmsford, has bags of talent and kicks off 2017 with a bang.
18. Harlea – You Don’t Get It
There’s a confidence in Harlea’s emotions – no vulnerability here, it’s part sassy but absolutely certain (YOU don’t get it) – but also a confidence in the song-writing. Nothing is too complicated, nothing is messy; it’s exactly as it should be.
19. Skott – Glitter & Gloss
Glitter & Gloss is a little bit like eating a chocolate bar that you’ve taken from a communal fridge; it’s sweet and satisfying, but there’s a lurking sense of guilt and troubles to come.
20. Allan Rayman, Jessie Reyez – Repeat
His voice is extraordinary; it elevates what is a slightly off-kilter r’n’b meets indie pop track into something very compelling.