Top Tracks of 09’
Well, it’s officially over. After all the post-Christmas leftover turkey sandwiches, family argument’s, shit TV and New Years celebrations last night, 2009 has finally come to an end.
If you didnt have a good New Years Eve then it’s your own fault for having even a slither of hope that the night wouldn’t be a complete disappointment considering the sheer amount of pressure bestowed on you to have the greatest night of your life. Personally, I went in with nothing but the lowest expectations and ended up having a great night in the end- so maybe try my approach next year for the big ‘11’.
A lot of people seem to be making best of 2009 lists today so I thought I’d get involved and give you my personal top tracks/ ‘bangers’ of the year.
1) Major Lazer: Pon De Floor (video above)
In terms of electro/ dance/ whatever, 2009 undoubtebly belonged to Diplo & Switch’s new project Major Lazer. Was incredible when the headline duo dropped this signature tune at the last Bigger Than Barry night I attended. Was an amazing sight to see the entire Warehouse going nuts to it. Major Lazer’s album ‘Guns don’t kill people, lazers do’ is the first physical CD I’ve bought from a shop with my hard earnt money in a long, long time. The genius of this track and the entire album makes me unable to place Major Lazeranywhere but the top of the list.
2) Tempa T: Next Hype
2009 is the year grime hijacked the charts. Who would have ever thought young London MC’s such as Tinchy, N Dubz and Chipmunk would be holding it down at number 1. Whilst many may argue these artists and grime in general has ‘sold out’ and compromised it’s sound for mainstream success, ‘Next Hype’ is pure grime in it’s purest form. This track is probably the angriest song you’ll ever hear, and that’s the reason it’s one of my favourites of the year. Showed it’s incredible crossover appeal when I played it at my friend’s indie/electro night ‘Dark Party’ (http://darkpartymusic.blogspot.com/) to the response of a sea of gun fingers and the entire dancefloor going absoloutely apeshit. Was amazing/ extremely unnerving to see how many neat, pretty indie girls knew every-single-word.
3: Sidney Samson: Riverside
I don’t have much to say about this track other than it’s an absolute house BANGER! Along with Pon De Floor, it’s definitely the best electronic release of the year. Guaranteed good vibes whenever you hear this in a club.
4) Mumford & Sons: Winter Winds
Mumford & Sons are without doubt the bearded, heart worn proudly on sleeve underdog story of 2009. Releasing their incredible debut album to both critical and commercial success, Mumford & Sons are this year’s big success story. This track is my personal favourite from the album. With songs as heart warming as these, the band deserve every bit of success and praise they get.
5) The Horrors: Sea Within a Sea
The NME crowned Horror’s follow up album ‘Primary Colours’ the best of 2009, and rightly so. Following their first album and the initial hype storm had cleared, many dubbed The Horrors a novelty, flash in the pan band who would be gone in a matter of months, unable to go anywhere but down following their emergence into the stagnated indie scene back in 2007. I was one of those people, and I couldn’t have been more wrong. ‘Primary Colurs’ is an album I feel will be talked about for years to come. This track was the first release from the new album and teased the band’s new direction with the psychedelic video. I still get creeped out listening to this intro, in a good way of course…
Well there it is, I have greatly limited myself in allowing only 5 choice cuts from the absoloute banquet 2009 offered in terms of new music. Narrowly missing out on being included in the list were the likes of The XX, Florence & The Machine, White Lies, Man Like Me and Grizzly Bear to name but a few.
Feel free to write your own ‘Top 2009’ lists on the H.S.G Facebook group wall. I know full well known of you will, but it’s worth a shot anyway…