Thursday, 31 December 2009
Tunes of 2009
Haven't paid much attention to music on here yet but I want to make it a regular feature. I'm one of those few who likes the stuff - in moderation!.... Nothing nicer than a hummable little ditty coming through the wireless which then sticks in your ears the whole day. So, here's a short list of all the tunes that did just that this year closing rapidly on us:
1. CASIO KIDS: FOT I HOSE
JACK PENATE: TONIGHT'S TODAY
Couldn't possible put one over the other. The two absolute constants on my portable reel-to-reel player. The African funk influence is a welcome development in modern popular entertainment, but there's a danger of oversaturation when even a reality TV star in search of street cred embraces the style on their debut 45. A Peter Andre Afro-funk adventure, anyone?!
Nevertheless these two stood out by a mile (sorry, otherwise perfectly respectable but also-ran Vampire Weekend) over the dross in inventiveness, production values, and melody. Ear-worm tunes if I ever heard one and a joy to boogie to!!!
3. EMPIRE OF THE SUN: WE ARE THE PEOPLE
TUNE!!!!!!! Shame about the video. Luke Steele is an awesome songwriter
(Also worth checking out the Shazam and Crazy P remixes. Available on Spotify)
4. GOLDEN SILVERS: TRUE ROMANCE
Nothing sounded more 80s this year than this track despite the sweat-soaked desperate attempts of La Roux et al. Not that sounding retro is ever a good thing. But this is fun
5. WHITNEY HOUSTON: MILLION DOLLAR BILL
Now this was a shock. Not much of a fan of the lady, but this is proper class even if a note-by-note lift off Loletta Holloway's We're Getting Stronger