I have no idea who reads this blog, but allow me to introduce myself. My name is Dexter. I like music. I like the internet. I am an all around good guy.
Look at my list of my fave thirteen tunes of 2009. This way I can keep up with the other thousands of bloggers and their ‘Top X songs/bands/pics/SteveGalafanikisFilms/concerts lists’ and as well for you to examine whether my musical selection remotely coincides with yours. Perhaps I am average…perhaps I am different. Read it, download it and either listen to it or send it to the ‘Recycle Bin/Trash’.
In no order, here it is:
1. Fever Ray – If I Had a Heart
Certainly not danceable or upbeat, but there is enough of that out there already. I think of a dark, brick-walled, cobweb ridden basement belonging to ‘Edward Scissorhands’ when listening to this tune. As a side-project from the band ‘the Knife’ (who I know next to nothing about), Fever Ray does a magnificent job of protruding all that is dark and unpleasant.
2. Lil’ Wayne feat. Gucci Mane – We Be Steady Mobbin
Oh my god, this reminds me of the first time I fell in love with Weezy. This song deconstructs the conventional hip hop song and rearranges it to allow Weezy to punch out his short verses with such magnificience. ‘Suck my clip/ Swallow my bullets/ And don’t you spit.’ Classic.
3. Fan Death – Reunited
Everything is good about this song. Even Perez Hilton agrees…Jokes. Seriously though, this is my fave band from Vancouver. They capture such a different sound using warped disco strings and the lead singer Dandi’s gloomy yet refreshing voice. I heart Fan Death.
4. 6th Borough Project – Do it to the Max
No idea who these peeps are but I have listened to this song dozens of time in the last few months. So reminiscent of early house music with the contrast super hi-pitched vocals and the deep male vocals. Juicy, funky, delicious, danceable yet with a bpm hovering around 100.
5. In Flagranti – Brash & Vulgar
Again nodding their caps to original house music by maintaining a reasonable bpm, minimal sounds and generally sampling music from the 70s/80s. On this track they take such a well known sample and twist it into something so fresh. I love them. Why isn’t every DJ Playing In Flagranti?!?!?
6. Miike Snow – Burial
I may be bias on this one considering I was on stage with Miike Snow in Stockholm this year (Not playing anything, just being a groupie and all). That being said, this group – comprising of musical geniuses (Sorry not you Mr. West) that have produced for divas such as Madonna and Kylie Minogue – is bound to come up with something more than decent. This song itself was made for live performances; layered with an array of marching band percussion sounds, average piano keys, chanty vocals and tied together with a soft electro sound.
7. Harlem Shakes – Niagara Falls
Such an undervalued band. This song is so light and dance-y and upbeat and pop-py. Maybe if we could all get over our fronts and just appreciate the softness of the styles of indie pop the world would be a better place? Probably not, but it is still a good song.
8. Major Lazer – Pon De Floor
I wish I had a video of me losing my head dancing to this song at the Major Lazer show this year. As hyped up as the Major Lazer side project was and as luck-lustre as the actual performance was, Diplo and Switch outdid themselves producing this song.
9. La Roux – In For The Kill (Skream’s Let’s Get Ravey Remix)
Close your eyes. Imagine being on a beach at 6:30 in the morning with a few hundred other people pondering if it is time to head back to our tents after a complete night of dancing. And then Benga plays this track. The pondering ended and the dancing continued.
10. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes – Home
I made a bet that this song would enter the same popularity plane as ‘Young Folks’…I may owe that person money. But that takes nothing away from the brilliance of this song. Cute, respectable, super-duper catchy, contemporarily folk-y. Warms my insides too much.
My three fave albums were courtesy of Phoenix, The XX and YACHT…but I am sure you can find their music @ every other blog.