5
Jan
2013

Best Songs of 2012 So Far…

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TNGHT – “Higher Ground”

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Similar to “Harlem Shake” in its bewildering level of daytime radio play, TNGHT’s “Higher Ground” was the standout track from their self-titled EP that spread faster than some dickwad could ask where the fuck they found it.

For those not in the know, TNGHT is the collaborative side-project of messrs Hudson Mohawke and Lunice, who both had a fairly amazing 2012 in their own right – the former produced a not insignificant portion of G.O.O.D Music’s “Cruel Summer“, while the latter reached the peak of superstardom after dancing around a bit in Azealia Banks’ “212” video.

Bondax – “Baby I Got That”

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Heralded by Annie Mac as one of her new favourite tunes back in summer, production duo Bondax cemented their names as ones to watch next year with their slowed-down and undeniably sexy “Baby I Got That”.

Released via their own label Just Us, it even got the Noisey treatment with an equally sexy video that seems to have been filmed almost exclusively underwater. Nevertheless, this one deserves it’s place as one of 2012’s top tunes, and it appears as though we can expect big things from these two come next year.

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Jessie Ware – “110%”

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One of the standout figures from the past 12 months, Jessie Ware, dropped this beauty of a track back in April, the Julio Bashmore-produced “110%”. Simple but oh-so-effective production intertwined with Jessie’s lush vocals made this one a standout cut from her debut record Devotion.

Such a shame, therefore, that the official video seems to have been pulled from her YouTube channel over ‘clearance issues’ over the Big Pun sample. Naughty.

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Frank Ocean – “Pyramids”

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Channel Orange” was a cracker of a record, but Mr. Frank Ocean recently informed us all that it might possibly be his last. Whilst that would be a travesty, we’ve still got tracks like the 10 minute epic “Pyramids” to drown the wails.

An injection of uptempo-ness pervades the beginning which soon transcends into the more traditional R&B feel that we’ve been accustomed to hearing from ol’ Frank. Best of both worlds really. Unfortunately it looks like he’ll be having a slightly quieter 2013, but we shouldn’t rule out the possibility of some (possibly shorter, goddamn it) material of his rearing its smooth-as-hell head in the forthcoming 12 months.

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Swindle – “Mischief”

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Mala’s label Deep Medi dropped some fire in 2012, and none more so than Swindle’s EP, which in turn offered up the outstandingly jazzy “Mischief”. Having more in common with the Pink Panther theme tune than anything that dubstep’s old-schoolers could muster, this guy knocked it out the park recently when he proceeded to play an impromptu keyboard solo over one of his tracks during a set at Cable. Madman.

Comments

  • Jack Philip Brady

    I agree with roughly 70% of this list – although surely Tame Impala deserves a tip of the cap, with a plethora of great tracks on their second album…

  • Aguero

    They were definitely on our Best Albums of 2012 list.