Believe The Hype

29 Jan

Today’s post is purely about bands or artist who get a lot of hype, loved on the interwebs and by all the ‘right’ people. I think all the artists here deserve at least some of it. But rather than just posting their most famous tracks, I’m going to share one’s that are a little more under the radar..

The Strokes – Someday

It seems too obvious to post The Strokes – you don’t need to be told how good they are.. But I think Someday it somewhat underexposed – sure, most people know it, but ‘Last Nite’ and ‘Take It or Leave It’ are the one’s everyone loves.. Well ‘Someday’ is my favourite, I think it acts as a microcosm for the entirety of Is This It, one of the best albums of the decade.

The Vaccines – We’re Happening

From indie rock’s original saviours to indie rock’s new saviours. Here are The Vaccines. ‘We’re Happening’ is the B-Side to ‘Post Break-Up Sex’, which I covered a few weeks back. In this case, I think the single was better, but this is still a good song – it would be one of the stand out tracks on many bands LP’s.

M.I.A. & Diplo – China Girl

I’ve never really got that much into M.I.A., despite The Guardian’s constant protestations that I should do otherwise. This track is the exception to that rule.. Everything about it really works for me, especially liking the Eurythmics sample and the contrast with the reverberating drums for M.I.A.’s singing. It just works. I don’t know why she put this on the Piracy Funds Terrorism mixtape, it would have made a great single…

Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx – Piano Player

My love for the remixing of Jamie xx is something I’ve never sought to hide, and the same seems to go for half the internet – the leak of the album is causing great excitement in many quarters… But it’s entirely deserved. The warped take on UK Garage is really unique and although it lacks a number of features conventional ‘songs’ have – i.e. a chorus in many cases – it still works, it still flows and that’s what I love about it. Apart from the ridiculously deep bass of course.

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