Hot Natured – “Benediction” feat. Ali Love
What happens when you stickÂ Jamie JonesÂ andÂ Lee FossÂ together in the studio? Just the biggest anthem of the summer.
With vocals from manof the moment Ali Love, “Benediction” proved to be the surprise smash of 2012 thanks to heavy rotation in the Balaerics as well as domestic radio. Simply immense.
The XX – “Angels”
After their eponymous debut album hit the jackpot of the Mercury Prize in 2010, it was clear to see that the The xx needed to come up with something a little bit special in order to match their previous effort. And the first single taken from the follow-up Coexist, entitled â€œAngelsâ€ did just that.
Beautiful guitar melodies laced between stunningly hushed vocals ensured that this one went down a treat. The recordÂ didn’tÂ quite live up to the expectations that went hand in hand with this one, but still managed to be one of the more notable releases of the past 12 months.
XXYYXX – “About You”
With a video that looks like the illegitimate offspring of Tumblr and an LA model directory, XXYYXXâ€™s â€œAbout Youâ€ was definitely one of the surprise packages of 2012, bringing the tempo down with some reversed Beyonce thrown in for good measure.
The 17 year old, real name Marcel Everett, came out of nowhere with this one and looks set for big things in the coming 12 months.
Haim – “Forever”
Everyone and their dog (ourselves included) have earmarked LA-hailing four-piece Haim as ones to watch in 2013, but one canâ€™t forget that they did indeed put out some stellar records this year, including the perky and effortlessly cool â€œForeverâ€.
With a video complete with an abundance of suave moves and copious amounts of bikes (the likes of which not seen since Mark Ronson had his way), this has been in constant rotation for us and we canâ€™t quite wait until the album drops in 2013.
Baauer – “Harlem Shake”
With the â€˜trap-buzzâ€™ at levels at a noticeable low right now, itâ€™s possible to objectively look at what came out in that 9 month fuckfest without any real amount of bias. And letâ€™s be honest, most of it was complete garbage, but Baauer managed to keep things ticking over with his smash â€œHarlem Shakeâ€, a track which achieved the unique position of being played on daytime radio as well as being dropped in every club set imaginable.