Thought I’d start sticking up the tunes I’ve been rating and what I’m listening to before I head out a night out. Here are my favourite eight tracks right now. Listen, and have a big one!
I don’t think there is much that Iggy Azalea can do wrong at the moment, absolutely love her.
Haim and CVURCHES and two that I’ve been really feeling over the last two weeks, and Drake physically can’t make a bad song. Macklemore is just…it’s just Thrift Shop man! I am going to learn the rap. I promise you this.
Frank Turner is a bit of a curveball, but god help me - It just sums up my time at university for me, and it’s good sing-along guitar music, which is so rare at the moment. AlunaGeorge are on fire right now, and it’s great pre-night out and indeed night out music. Only song I couldn’t put on here, because it’s not on Spotify is THE night-out anthem for me. It’s fucking amazing and so fun.
Hollaback with your opinions on these, bring em on! @mattyid on Twitter.
I’ve been especially ranty today, and if you have had no interest in the subject of my fury, then I can only apologise for the thirty odd tweets dedicated to the debate of Man Vs Press.
It all started as I learned of the tragic death of a teacher who’d made the, in my opinion, incredibly brave…
A superb opinion piece.
Porter Robinson churns out electro house tunes like it’s nothing. But in this case, he only gets the assist on this bound-to-be massive ckub banger. Props go to Mat Zo - who was using this as a demo track to wow the dance production community. This then caught the ear of Porter Robinson who had to get his hands on this and give it his own spin. What you get is a song which is going to pound the shores of Ibiza all summer long. Love this.
Masters of all things beginning with a small i, Apple have brought out a new advert for the iPad. My god, it is the most annoying fucking thing I’ve seen in some time.
It is pretty much an iPad being used whilst a group of what can only be described as faceless twats hurl words at you, seemingly describing what is happening on the iPad. It is just the commercial equal of someone jumping out in front of you and screaming ‘LOOK AT MY NEW TOY, YOU WANT IT YES?’.
I don’t know what it is about Apple ads that are so ridiculously bad, maybe they spend all the money on how to make every single iPhone and iPad the same that they think they can make every advert look the same as well. Which is pretentious tripe.
It makes me actively hate anyone with an Apple product. How can a advert make you hate people? How - ask Apple, because they do every bloody time.
This blog is short and angry because I am tired. I regret nothing.
Thoughts or anything? tweet me at @mattyid.
There is so much to not like about Taylor Swift. She started off as a pop-country artist with a wholesome, sweet quality about her who pumped out happy ballads about falling in love with the perfect guy, or being in love with a guy that is with someone else - just all around lovely, with a lovely second album called ‘Fearless’. She then quickly betrayed her artistic beliefs as soon as the money came in and went straight to mainstream pop, and turned into basically the new chew toy for most boy band member or any young hot thing in Hollywood. The ballads turned into obnoxiously catchy feminist pop anthems about boys who are complete dicks and she did nothing wrong, even though she seemingly comes out of every real-life relationship as a real pain the arse nightmare girlfriend,
But god help me, her songs are catchy.
Take her latest song for example ‘22’. A punchy pop song about being young and having a good time, yaay. Talking about ‘dressing like hipsters’ and grabbing the nearest boy you can find that you even know is bad for you on a night is apparently the perfect recipe for a good time - THIS IS WHY MOST GIRLS THESE DAYS TURN OUT TO BE COMPLETE FRIGGING NIGHTMARES AND YOU ARE PARTLY TO BLAME TAYLOR SWIFT - Well you and Disney. But once you get over the fact she clearly has little to no dating filter for someone that is meant to be a role model to little girls, and the fact she clearly uses her music as a way to scream ‘I’m over you, no really - I am’ before bursting into tears and eating a tub of ice cream without actually doing it, you do have some really catchy, pop songs that you can’t help but sing along too. This is one of, if not - the catchiest song on the album ‘Red’.
So, Taylor - I think you are a great pop artist (in spite of the fact you betrayed your country roots the second someone said ‘more money Swifty?’) but please - focus on your music, and stop being an attention seeking dick.
Got any thoughts? tweet me at @mattyid - Let’s discuss it.
Right here we are, after a few days of counting down nine of my favourite songs from 2012, here we have the top tune, the champion of the world, the cream of the crop, the best song in the world from the past year - and here it is.
1. Azealia Banks - 212
Before I start this, I know this was ‘released’ in December 2011 - BUT the release date of the EP was March 25th, 2012 and it was massive across the entire year so pedants can kindly do one.
JESUS FRICKIN’ CHRIST THIS SONG IS AMAZING. It is a toe-tapper, an epic rap track, an epic electro number all rolled into one awesome cake of music amazing-ness. The rap on this by Azealia Banks is just unreal, the beat is just out of this world and everyone (and I mean everyone) goes nuts when this comes on in the club, in a house, anywhere. I go absolutely mental when I hear the first few bars rattle through the speakers. It has been my favourite song throughout the entirety of this year and if that is paramount to how great this song is, I don’t know.
Well there you have it, my top 10 of 2012. I will be back in 2013 - I will be setting up a schedule of what will be up each day. I WILL DO THIS.
Happy New Year!
Right - it’s time for the crunch. The two biggest songs (for me) of 2012. Here, ladies and gentlemen - is who is in 2nd place.
2. Taylor Swift - We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
Oh god, this song is just SO. DAMN. CATCHY. For an artist who used to just deal with country-pop mushy ballads, she threw us a curveball - a riotous pop tune with one of the most ‘sick-in-your-headiest’ choruses I’ve heard in ages. Every time I hear this, I cannot physically stop myself from singing as loud and as out-of-tune as possible. Pop song of the year by far.
We are nearly there, coming up to what I feel is the biggest track of 2012. My opinion is that, just mine - feel free to comment and we can get a debate going, love a bit of music bantz! But moving on….
4. Fun. - Some Nights
Honestly, I have no idea why I love this song so much - but I really do. I love the vocals of this band - We Are Young is another favourite of mine, but I cannot help to play this over and over and over. It’s an earphone anthem of mine, I put it on when I’m walking somewhere and I always have to sing it out loud. It’s getting awkward now, it needs to stop.
3. Otto Knows - Million Voices
My favourite out-and-out dance song for about six years. A big, big claim but this is just gorgeous - absolutely sublime. A fantastic electro-house beat layered on top of a wonderful chant-like vocal, when it comes on I cannot help but to go nuts when I hear this over a nightclub speaker. Just utterly sublime, I cannot say enough about this. My second favourite dance tune of the year, but as I said if we are looking at pure dance, this is my favourite song in a long, long time.
Right - another day, another two songs in my top 10 of the past year. It’s been a great year for music actually to be fair, across all types. This pairing really shows it…
6. McFly - This Is Love
This song makes me smile. It makes me think of my girlfriend, Nicola and it’s just a cute little pop ballad. Another band that’s made a return in 2012 - McFly are showing a really mature sound (and they’ve all suited up now, how fancy) and it’s just so lovely to listen to, a real pop pleasure. Best way to describe this is, it will be a perfect first dance song one day for a wedding. Well it will for me anyway.
5. Skrillex - Bangarang
And now for something completely different.
This is an absolute BEAST of a track, funky dubstep at it’s finest. Skrillex really hit his form here - not only keeping the integrity of dubstep but using it to make a great mainstream dance hit as well. I have not only banged my head to this many a time - I played this at a recent student gig and it went off. It will be a must for New Years Eve this year. Bloody love this blaring out full whack. Ooft.
Day two of my top 10 tracks - here’s another twosome of top tuneage. Well kind of a twosome, I’ll explain.
8a. Wiley Feat. Ms D - Heatwave
8b. Wiley Feat. Skepta, JME & Ms D - Can You Hear Me?
Wiley has had quite the year. Two club bangers in quick succession is good going for ol’ Eski Boy - It is physically impossible to separate the two songs. One was a party anthem for the summer, lighting up lads and lasses holidays in Ibiza, Kos, Kavos and all in-between - the other has become a must for dj’s to play across the country as freshers week raged on throughout university. I can’t not choose one - but I don’t want to get rid of another song in the list - so Wiley can have a joint spot at 8. A happy medium, I think you’d all agree. Honorable mention to Ms. D, Skepta and JME for being a part as well.
7. Girls Aloud - Something New
The girls are back.
Girls Aloud return after way too long away and they come back with a pop firework - banging straight into my top ten with ease. Awkward Children In Need performance aside, they haven’t missed a beat releasing a top pop single, with a catchy chorus - powerful verses and an almost antagonistic message to the young pretenders to the girlband crown - ‘We’re the leaders of the pack’. Little Mix, I’m looking at you.