50 songs from last year – #5 – Hannah Diamond – Every Night

I think this one speaks for itself. Good piece in 20jazzfunkgreats on PC music here – would like to share the Wire piece but understandably it’s not online.

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50 songs from last year – #6 – Hammock – Holding Your Absence

I first found Hammock on my mp3 player while I was in Thailand in 2008. I still have no idea how it got there, but it was utterly perfect for the time and the place. I took them back to England and tried out the CD on a few people, but nobody seemed interested – one girl I met memorably described them as “massage parlour music” – but I’ve persisted. Hammock have only one idea really, but it’s a good idea. One of the best. Post-rock / ambient music with all the high-concept stripped away – nothing more ground-breaking than beauty. One day maybe they’ll accidently become fashionable, then they’ll be huge.

This CD came out at the tail-end of 2013, so I’m cheating again here. It’s not their best because someone sings on the last track and spoils the mood. This isn’t the last track.

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50 songs from last year – #7 – Galantis – Runaway (U & I)

I was going to say this was the best ever chart EDM but brief fact-checking reveals it hasn’t actually been in the charts, not in the UK at least. What are you doing, people?

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50 songs from last year – #8 – A. G. Cook – Beautiful

More PC Music. A. G. Cook shows such love for the textures and artifacts of pop music here that you can easily forget he has the name of a firm of solicitors.

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50 songs from last year – #9 – John Callaghan – Once More With Feeling

Found this on a Wire cover CD – I think everyone with a sampler has started to make this track at some point or another, but this is the only time I’ve heard it properly finished.

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50 songs from last year – #10 – John Luther Adams / Seattle Symphony Orchestra – Become Ocean

Stretching the definition of “song” a little here, I know.

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50 songs from last year – #11 – Sophie – Hard

I didn’t really like ‘Lemonade’, sorry.

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