Sunday, 15 January 2012

7 Mellow Songs for 2012: the antidote to all this noise

I don't know if you've noticed but at this current moment in time I seem to have this heavy Skrillex dubstep album in one ear and hardcore electro-rock from Enter Shikari in the other. Now there's nothing wrong with either of those two but sometimes this ongoing onslaught can get a little bit too much. So I've compiled a list of seven soothing songs for the new year.

7. Lucy Rose - Scar
This London Based singer/guitarist has worked on a lot of material with the awesome Bombay Bicycle Club and is now releasing some more of her own stuff on the side. Drawing heavily on influences from Laura Marling, Rose is a beautiful folk artist who people should certainly keep a soft ear out for in the upcoming months.

6. Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again
Another solo artist who's busy going from strength to strength as we speak is this year's BBC Sound Of... winner who scooped the prize out from under the arms of the likes of Azealia Banks and Frank Ocean. You can just lose yourself in his soulful tunes whilst they warm your cockles perfectly. Lovely jovely indeed.

5. Florence + The Machine - No Light, No Light
From my number one Xmas album Ceremonials, Florence still maintains that refreshing persona that made us all fall in love with her in the first place all those years ago. Third singles usually turn out to be pretty pants but this certainly lives up to the high standard set by the instant hits What The Water Gave Me and Shake It Out.

4. Jai Paul - ?????
BTSTU was one of those songs that, still to this day, I swear I could take one hundred years forwards or backwards in time (not literally, of course) and it would still sound fresh and relevant - not that music opinions should be formed on relevance. Three years on and XL have sent out Christmas cards that, when opened, play the start of the untitled single number two. Literally can't wait.

3. Radiohead - Daily Mail
When asked to perform their new eight track The King Of Limbs album on From The Basement Thom Yorke's band found that eight more minutes of music was needed to fill the total amount of time. This was when the wonderfully atmospheric and brilliantly acoustic Daily Mail track came in handy to pad the set out with and is available now. Why it wasn't included originally, I don't know.

2. Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
Having secured major interest both here in the UK and back home at America with Video Games, the 25-year-old New Yorker looks set to do an Adele in 2012. Her album Born To Die is yet to be released but critics around the world have already kicked up a storm for the relatively new singer. The second single of the same name has had almost as many remixes as Rolling In The Deep and "gangsta Nancy Sinatra" is now playing about with layers and effects herself in the incredibly naughty Off To The Races.

1. Emeli Sande - Daddy
As the solo female success now seems to be measured in "Adele"s it only seems right that the lady currently read at ten on the Adele-o-metre is my number one chillax track; from her Our Version of Events record out in February, Emeli Sande the soul sensation has leaped from the UK RnB radar to that of the pop people and, if there's any justice out there, will be securing top fives worldwide by June this year. Watch out people!

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