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Top tracks of 2016 #12 – Beck, Slaves & Trentemøller

No stranger to our lists over the years, Beck released what seemed to be something of an ‘orphan’ single earlier in this year which apparently indicated a return to his poppier phase. I have been keen to hear more, but this has been it so far. Beck seems to float around (rather like this track), being influential, moderately commercially successful and tastefully chameleonic:  winning Grammies but being unlikely to turn up dueting at the X Factor finals, for which we can be grateful.

Scroll down for today’s choices from Roy and – joining us for the final dozen – Andy. Check out the countdown so far here.

 

Best of 2014 so far…

Elbow

 

We’re now over three months into 2014, so here are some of my favourite tracks of the year so far. Some may make it into my end of year list, whilst others may well overstay their welcome, but at the moment I can’t get enough of these…

 

 

This first track has certainly been occupying my mind as I woke up humming it a few days ago. A bit of a change of direction for The Villagers, reminiscent of Empire period Kasabian:

 

Another catchy hook in ‘Digital Witness’ from St Vincent, aka Annie Clarke. In the early 80s this is exactly how I thought music would sound in the 21st century…..

 

Klapp Klapp is probably the best thing that Sweden’s Little Dragon have done, which bodes well for their interestingly titled ‘Nabuma Rubberband’ album:

 

LA’s Warpaint haven’t really been on my radar so far, but their current album produced by Flood is fantastic and this is the standout, ‘Love Is To Die’:

 

I loved the first Broken Bells album but have yet to check out the second, however all three singles lifted from it so far have been great, most recently ‘After The Disco’:

 

Like Warpaint, Wild Beasts have been around for a while without me noticing. This has a real driving disquieting urgency to it, ending up at with a great hook at the end:

 

Next up, some Scottish hip hop from Young Fathers. ‘Get Up’ seems to be on 6 Music all the time at the moment, but I don’t have an issue with that

 

From slightly further afield this is from Melbourne’s Courtney Barnett. ‘History Eraser’ has shades of early PJ Harvey:

 

Possibly the most commercially successful band on this list so far, Bombay Bicycle Club had their first number one album this year, although Luna from the album peaked at only number 78:

 

Blue Moon from Beck doesn’t necessarily break new ground but is lively to listen to, a ballad on a list of mostly upbeat songs.

 

‘Doing The Most’  from RDGRNGLD (from DC) is a collaboration with both Pharrell and Dave Grohl. Recommended to me by Roy, a frequent contributor to this blog, I can’t understand why I haven’t heard it once on the radio!

 

Finally a lovely video that accompanies New York Morning by Elbow. This features the story of a couple who met at CBGBs. The album is still growing on me, as Elbow albums tend to do..

 

So that’s it – not a bad first three months.