Friday, December 30, 2016

Best of 2016- Video of the Year

This one is becoming more and more favorite among my friends and we really had great time selecting our favorite video. Some of the artists and songs might sound familiar from the songs and album lists for 2016.
Congratulations to La Femme and Thanks to Marko and Alexander! Hope you enjoy...

1.La Femme- Sphynx
2.Massive Attack- Young Fathers- Voodoo in My Blood
3.Betsy- Wanted More
4.serpentwithfeet- four ethers
5.Warhaus- The Good Lie
6.The Last Shadow Puppets- Aviation/Everything You've Come To Expect
7.Get Well Soon- It's Love
8.The Avalanches- Because I'm Me
9.Preoccupations - Memory
10.Temples- Certainty
11. Blood Orange- Better Than Me
Honorable mention. Kate Bush- And Dream of Sheep (Live Video)

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Best of 2016- Singles and Tracks

Ladies and Gents, here comes the Singles and Tracks list. There was no question about the top chart position as Preoccupations' song proved to be the best in it's genre and beyond. M83 went mellow and we loved their progressive electronic take. What else.. check in the list and on the link below

01.Preoccupations - Memory
02.M83 - Solitude 
03.PJ Harvey - The Community Of Hope (Video version)
04.Geneva Jacuzzi - Cannibal Babies
05.Lower Dens - Real Thing
06.Sugar For Sugar- Bizarre Love Triangle
07.Get Well Soon - It's A Catalogue
08.Shura - Nothing's Real
09.Temples - Certainty
10.Pet Shop Boys - The Pop Kids
11.Primal Scream, Sky Ferreira - Where The Light Gets In
12.The Last Shadow Puppets - Miracle Aligner 
13.Radiohead - Daydreaming
14.Transfigure - Fields
15.La Femme - Sphynx
16.Villa Nah - Stranger
17.BETSY - Fair
18.Happy Meals - If You Want Me Now
19.Cat's Eyes - Chameleon Queen
20.Yeasayer - I Am Chemistry
21.Black Magique - Sexercise
22.Bat For Lashes - Sunday Love
23.Shearwater - Quiet Americans
24.HANTE. - My Destruction
25.Porches - Be Apart
26.BETSY - Wanted More
27.DIIV // Under The Sun
28.Chromatics- I Can Never Be Myself When You're Around
29.Xeno & Oaklander - Baroque
30.Blood Orange - Augustine
31.Jef Elise Barbara - Sexe Machin / Sex Machine
32.Lush - Out Of Control
33.Warhaus - The Good Lie
34.serpentwithfeet - four ethers
35.Angel Olsen - Intern
36.Get Well Soon - Too Much Love
37.Kate Bush - And Dream of Sheep (Live)
38.Boy Harsher - Save Me
39.Preoccupations - Degraded
40.Zanias - Follow the Body
41.The Radio Dept.-This Thing Was Bound To Happen
42. Neon Indian - Techno Clique
43.Angel Olsen - Shut Up Kiss Me
44. Lust For Youth- Display
45.Cullen Omori - Cinnamon
46.The Avalanches - Because I'm Me
47. Radiohead - Identikit
48.Lebanon Hanover - Babes of the 80s
49. David Bowie - I Can't Give Everything Away
50. Still Corners - Lost Boys 

Year and list singles and tracks Top 100

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Best of 2016- EPs

The EPs always come with  big diversity of sound. Perfect format to break through, but as well very appropriate for a come back record. This year we have some classy Trip hop, shoegaze Brit pop and some neoclassical soul on top. Other than that, the sound that you are already used to read and listen on our blog. :)

1.Massive Attack- Ritual Spirit

2.Lush- Blindspot

3.serpantwithfeet- blisters

4.Carly Rae Jepsen- Emotion- B sides

5.Get Well Soon- Born With Too Much Love (The Collected Confessions of ZoltánD.)

6.Betsy- Fair

7.Happy Meals- Fruit Juice

8.Zanias- To the Core

9.Future Unlimited - Calm Down

10.Jennifer Touch- Feeling C

Monday, December 26, 2016

Best of 2016- The Album List

Time to sum up everything from 2016, as this is usual in this time of the year. It has been our 10th  anniversary year and therefore a very important one for us. All in general, it has been a crazy year and a very sad one, as the music world lost some of their top artists and pop icons who helped shape the sound and vision of the previous four decades. 

In terms of quality and what 2016 offered, and based on what is in our charts, we could say that pop went retro, post punk turned groovy and we found some new formulas of R'n'B and Soul. As you can see our top company were Preoccupations (former Viet Cong) Shura and Blood Orange. What else was hot, see below.

Happy New Year and see you in 2017.

01.Preoccupations- Preoccupations [Jagjaguwar]
02.Shura- Nothing's Real [Polydor]
03.Blood Orange- Freetown Sound [Domino]
04.Villa Nah- Ultima [Solina]
05.Michelle Gurevich- New Decadence [self released]
06.Radiohead- A Moon Shaped Pool [XL]
07.Bat for Lashes- The Bride [Parlophone]
08.PJ Harvey- The Hope Six Demolition Project [Island]
09.Geneva Jacuzzi- Technophelia [Medical Records LLC]
10. David Bowie- ★ Blackstar [ISO]

11.Cat's Eyes- Treasure House [Raf Records]
12.Suede- Night Thoughts [Warner]
13.Get Well Soon- Love [Caroline]
14.Angel Olsen- MY WOMAN [Jagjaguwar]
15.Michael Kiwanuka- Love & Hate [Polydor]
16.Xeno & Oaklander- Topiary [Ghostly]
17.The Last Shadow Puppets- Everything You've Come to Expect[Domino]
18.The Radio Dept.- Running Out of Love [Labrador]
19.Still Corners- Dead Blue [Wrecking Light]
20.Yeasayer- Amen & Goodbye [Mute]

21.Wrangler- White Glue [Meme Tune]
22.Lust for Youth- Compassion [Sacred Bones]
23.Hante.- This Fog That Never Ends [Synth Religion]
24.Cult Club- Play with Lies [Domestica]
25.Black Arcade- Transhuman [digital file]
26.Perfect Human- Erste [Perfect Aesthetics]
27.Liste Noire- Brace [No Emb Blanc]
28.DIIV- Is the Is Are [Captured Tracks]
29.Boy Harsher- Yr Body is Nothing [digital file]
30.School of Seven Bells-SVIIB [Vargant]

George Michael 1963-2016

The sad series does not seem to stop and 2016 takes another music artist life!
It seems that the death of George Michael had dressed this years Christmas celebration in black. It came as a quite shocking news as it always is in most cases, especially considering the fact that we remember him every Christmas season when "Last Christmas" is everywhere to be heard. And, this year in fact, it seems to be his last one. :(
Like David Bowie and Prince, we all had a piece of George in all of us. It could have been a song or any other loving memory.
We shall never forget you, the Wham boys, "Wake me up Before You Go Go" dance, "Careless Whisper", "Freedom" performance at the Berlin Wall and all the brilliant pop moments and funky beats. Forever in our hearts. RIP

Friday, December 23, 2016

Best of 1986- The Singles

The year 1986 opened with "West end Girls" reaching number one in spot the UK in January. This would remain  Pet Shop Boys biggest hit best selling single. In general, it was a year of charity concerts which were organized all throughout the year inspired by the biggest of this kind the 'Band Aid' from 1985. "The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" was holding its first induction ceremony with many rock pioneers attending. On the commercial side, it was the year of Pet Shop Boys and Madonna and the Communards and Berlin had their respective biggest hits, both staying for four weeks on the top of UK charts with their biggest hits "Don't Leave Me This Way" and "Take my Breath Away". Some great bands like OMD, Human League and Ultravox seem to have gone to pot with their album releases from 1986 so was synth-pop. New musical styles and stars were emerging and wining the hearts of people and wider audience.

01.The Smiths- There is a Light that Never goes out
02.New Order- Bizarre Love Triangle
03.Desireless- Voyage Voyage
04.Cyndi Lauper- True Colours
05.David Bowie- Absolute Beginners
06.Frankie Goes To Hollywood- Warriors
07.Big Audio Dynmaite- E=MC2
08.a-ha- Hunting High and Low
09.Black- Wonderful Life
10.The Smiths- Bigmouth Strikes Again
11.The Smiths- Ask 
12.Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush- Don't Give Up
13.The Bangles- Walk Like an Egyptian
14.Depeche Mode- A Question of Lust
15.The Stranglers- Always The Sun
16.Erasure- Sometimes
17.Kim Wilde- You Keep Me Hangin' On
18.The Pretenders- Don't Get Me Wrong
19.Depeche Mode- Stripped
20.Pet Shop Boys- Suburbia
21.Dream Academy- Love Parade
22.Queen- Who Want to Live Forever
23.Iggy Pop- Real Wild Child
24.Level 42- Lessons of Love
25.Brigitte Bardot & Serge Gainsbourg- Je t'aime moi non plus
26.Berlin- Take My Breath Away
27.a-ha- I've Been Losing You
28.Erasure- Oh L'Amour
29.Depeche Mode- A question of Time
30.The Smiths- Panic
31.Marc Almond- Ruby Red
32. Siouxsie And The Banshees - Candyman 
33. The Communards- So Cold The Night 
34. Talking Heads- Wild Wild Life 
35. The Chameleons- Swamp Thing
36. Eurythmics- The Miracle of Love
37. Numan & Sharpe- New Thing from London Town
38. Communards- Don't Leave Me This Way
39. Nu Shooz- I Can't Wait
40. Alphaville- Dance with Me

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Next Wave: Raw Moans

Time for our last Next Wave for this year! We go East with the sound this time and would like to introduce Raw Moans, the project of Joseph Vorachack which also features Michael Thibodeaux (instrumentals, production). 
Before starting his own musical creation, he was member in several music groups including Wavves and his own living room has inspired him to start his own DiY thing. That is how the idea of Raw Moans was born. After he has teamed up with Michael, soon after they released their debut EP 'Safe Sex'. This is a tribute to musicians and who lived and died from complications due to HIV/AIDS. This is reflected through lyric collages, allusions, and re-workings of songs by musicians, such as Arthur Russell, Klaus Nomi, and Eazy-E, over original instrumentals and melodies. 
Please follow the link to explore the sound of Raw Moans.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

WAW: Betsy- Wanted More

Time for the last WAW this year. It comes as a random discovery on Youtube and turned also to be one of the most surprising artists to discover this year. Her name is simply Betsy and I'm sure we will write more about her in 2017. For now as a warm up, here comes here brilliant video for the song "Wanted More". This song has also been released as a single and she also released an EP. We hope for the album next year. More to come!

Friday, December 9, 2016

The Jesus and Mary Chain Announce New Album 'Damage and Joy'

The Jesus and Mary Chain have announced the release of a brand new studio album next year. The album will be entitled 'Damage and Joy' and this will be their first album since 1998. The band is also planning live tour dates around the globe. The first single from the album 'Amputation' has already been revealed and is available on Youtube.