Top tracks of 2018 #4 – The Orb with Hollie Cook, The Go! Team, Odesza & Interpol

Richard

This might be my first entry from The Orb in quite a few years, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been enjoying their prodigious output over the last few years, whether its official albums or collaborations with Lee Scratch Perry and Dave Gilmore. However this is a great, radio-friendly single. Is it artistically on a higher plane than, say, my number five, Suede? Probably not. But does it put a smile on my face when I hear it – absolutely. This has the feel of early carefree Lily Allen – LDN or Smile. It features punk royalty in the form of Hollie Cook, daughter of The Pistols Paul Cook and was in the last line up of The Slits. Were it not for thee ‘Mouldycliff’ rule meaning that we can’t nominate the same artists twice, I would also have included her fabulous single ‘Stay Alive’ in my countdown as well. However here is Rush Hill Road….

Roy

Earlier in this year’s rundown Richard suggested this next track should have been a higher up in his choices and he was absolutely right. At #5 the twelve-legged punk-soul, groove machine that is The Go! Team, with a track that is impossible not to move at least one body part to – ‘Mayday’.

Andy

Matching their number 4 entry from four years ago, with “All the Rage Back Home”, are NYC’s finest. This is the opener from their sixth album, “Marauder”, which was released in the Autumn, and displays all the usual trademarks – dark, moody, serious, angst-ridden lyrics alongside those trademark distinctive guitar riffs.

If you really love nothing
On what future do we build illusions
If you really love nothing
Do we wait in silent glory
If you really love nothing
What part of betrayal do you wish to deny

Words to ponder as we make our way onto the podium…

Ian

Number four for me is “Loyal” from Odesza. A US EDM band based around producers Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight, they were mainly an LP/ DJ set act until their “A Moment Apart” tour took a live drumline on their world tour. That album, released late last year, is worth a listen with a fantastic festival sensibility including spoken word, video samples and the highly integrated percussion. Their live performance at Laneway in February this year was a concert highlight for me, and their set included “Loyal”, released officially as a single in September this year. No footage I could find from the Sydney set, so here they are at Red Rocks:

6 thoughts on “Top tracks of 2018 #4 – The Orb with Hollie Cook, The Go! Team, Odesza & Interpol

  1. Matching their number 4 entry from four years ago, with “All the Rage Back Home”, are NYC’s finest. This is the opener from their sixth album, “Marauder”, which was released in the Autumn, and displays all the usual trademarks – dark, moody, serious, angst-ridden lyrics alongside those trademark distinctive guitar riffs.

    If you really love nothing
    On what future do we build illusions
    If you really love nothing
    Do we wait in silent glory
    If you really love nothing
    What part of betrayal do you wish to deny

    Words to ponder as we make our way onto the podium…

      1. The Orb track is one of their best in my opinion, right up there with ‘Little Fluffy Clouds’ and on my ‘long list’ as is Hollie Cook’s ‘Stay Alive’. No idea how the latter wasn’t a big hit for Hollie.

  2. Earlier in this year’s rundown Richard suggested this next track should have been a higher up in his choices and he was absolutely right. At #5 the twelve-legged punk-soul, groove machine that is The Go! Team, with a track that is impossible not to move at least one body part to – ‘Mayday’.

  3. (Another pause, but have now landed on a new continent so should be able to catch up by the end of today). Number four for me is “Loyal” from Odesza. A US EDM band based around producers Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight, they were mainly an LP/ DJ set act until their “A Moment Apart” tour took a live drumline on their world tour. That album, released late last year, is worth a listen with a fantastic festival sensibility including spoken word, video samples and the highly integrated percussion. Their live performance at Laneway in February this year was a concert highlight for me, and their set included “Loyal”, released officially as a single in September this year. No footage I could find from the Sydney set, so here they are at Red Rocks:

    1. I don’t usually like EDM, but that is pretty good. This seems to have moved beyond two guys behind Apple Macs to a properly staged live show. In that respect it reminds me a bit of PSB… Will check them out.

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