50 songs from last year – #21 – BABYMETAL – ギミチョコ!!

Not sure if I love this or just love the idea of it. Only time will tell.

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50 songs from last year – #22 – Beyoncé – Blow

Seductive mid-tempo R&B that evokes early 80s funk and soul. There were more interesting tracks on the album, but this is easily my favourite.

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50 songs from last year – #23 – Kate Tempest – Marshall Law

Lots of people on music sites seem to be skeptical of Kate Tempest as an interloper from the arts. I spoke to a (published) poet I know today and he isn’t impressed with her work as it stands on the page. This wouldn’t look that good written down, but as a thing to listen to it’s a complete success, better than ‘Circles’ for sure, capturing something true that I haven’t heard captured before, and I’m glad that she’s getting all this attention.

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50 songs from last year – #24 – Temples – Keep In The Dark

Rough-trade feted pysch-rock band from Northamptonshire.

I swear that I chose this track before I saw this advert, which was filmed in the field behind my dad’s house while I was visiting in May.

Not a big fan of adverts, but good to see the old country on TV all the same, and with good music too (though they seem to have used the least interesting bits of the track.)

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50 songs from last year – #25 – Objekt – Ratchet

Not so much a bold new breakthrough as a minor evolution in the largely dormant world of acid techno, still very welcome for all that.

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50 songs from last year – #26 – Röyksopp & Robyn – Do It Again

A theme this year seems to be “I wasn’t into them before, but this is great.” This goes for Robyn more than it does for Royksopp.

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50 songs from last year – #27 – Serebro – Ya Tebya Ne Otdam

Russian girl group, rubbish cheap music video. Obviously I like the song though, or it wouldn’t be here.

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