Thursday, 20 December 2012

FLYCASUAL'S Best of 2012

It's been quite a year, from a crappy start with family health scares to the collective goodwill and euphoria surrounding the amazing Olympics/Paralympics. That was quite something, which I'm quite sure I will never experience again. It's also been musically amazing so it has been devastatingly hard to whittle it down to just 5 tracks for this post. It's bit like having to selfishly let go of some of your good friends.....

damn, I forgot to go for a wee!

Excluding 'Gangnam Style', these are my top 5 tracks in no particular order.

The Pond - 'Circle Round a Tree'

Folky Hip Hop from Folk Songstress, Kathryn Williams' side project, which hit the tickle spot for me this summer. Like chasing bees through a field of long grass on a blissful sunny day, on the way to a country pub for the promise of a cider fuelled adventure.

Rocket Juice & The Moon - 'Lolo' Feat Fatoumata Diawara and M.anifest

Marvellous Afro-Funk from another Damon Albarn fronted super group. With Mali singer Fatoumata Diawara, Ghana/US's rapper M.anifest, bassist Flea and legendary drummer Tony Allen, the band is tighter than a mermaid's brazier. More importantly however, it reminds me of a time spent with friends in Florida for a wedding earlier in the year. Perfect fo gettin' yo groove on during a cider fuelled adventure.

Diiv - 'Air Conditioning' 

This is a wonderful Krautrock inspired track from Brooklyn four piece DIIV. It knocked me out on the way home from work, nice melodious guitar drones on and you don't want it to stop...sorry officah for driving erratically, blame it on rock n roll man! Suitable for when things get a little weird during a cider fuelled adventure.

Mark Lanegan Band - 'The Gravedigger's Song'

Pounding drums, buzzsaw bass, Mark Lanegan's gruff voice, it's dark, it's menacing, it sounds a bit like Nine Inch Nails. Like reluctantly stumbling home through a graveyard on the aftermath of a cider fuelled adventure.

Plan B - 'Ill Manors' (live on Jools Holland)

Fantastic musical chaos! A wall of noise from the intimidating strings to the claustrophobic beats making you feel slightly uncomfortable. But there's nothing chaotic about the talented Ben Drew's truthful and socially conscious lyrics. The best hard hitting, no nonsense, shit kicking, political Rap since Public Enemy's heyday!
No cider fuelled adventures recommended unless it's extra strength White Lightening.

Why not have a listen to my top 20 tracks of the year?? It's nice!

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20 December 2012 at 13:05

A mighty fine selection I must say. I'm pretty sure I picked up on DIIV and the Plan B track on this very blog, the latter definitely not my usual thang, but both excellent. Someone needs to tell Kathryn that there are already too many Ponds being used as band names - top tune though and one I'd missed. One I'd forgotten, was Mr Lanegan. I'm a long-time fan of his, going back to the Screaming Trees days and it was great to see him release such a strong album, under his own name for a change, again this year.

21 December 2012 at 08:48

Great choices and yet more musical discoveries pal.

Pond - Like lemon jelly, yet tastier!
Rocket Juice - Florida with an Afro-beat!
Diiv - Shoegazing so good I'm still staring at my trainers!
Mark Lanegan - Cannot do no wrong!


21 December 2012 at 08:49

Not forgetting Plan B!

21 December 2012 at 11:05

The Pond - A real grower..bring out the strongbow
Rocket Juice - fabulous...another pint of Rocket Juice please
Diiv - standout krautrock - i'm ready for some dog fish head!
Pt 1

21 December 2012 at 11:18

Mark L - missed this album..will have to revert....I will try a sink the Bismark pessssh!
Plan B - actually saw this great End of History for the mayan bastard!