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Family Of The Year – Hero (2012)

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This is a peach of an indie track – conjuring up both 1970s rock and noughties americana. ‘Hero’ features on Family of the Year’s second studio album Loma Vista. It had first appeared on the band’s 2010 EP Through The Trees in a format far too short. Earnest, nostalgic and timeless, the song deserved the extended play.

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RSS Disco – Des Taxis Pour Les Galaxies (2012)

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RSS Disco are three folks from Hamburg who did their part to reinvigorate the italo disco genre with this futuristic cover of Noir Désir’s 2001 single ‘Le Vent Nous Portera’.

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Solange – Losing You (2012)

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There is more than a touch of Madonna about Solange’s ‘Losing You’. If this and more recent videos are anything to go by, Beyoncé’s little sister is also just as image conscious as both the Goddess and Queen Of Pop. The single served as the lead single from her EP True.

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Elle Varner feat. J. Cole – Only Wanna Give It To You (2011)

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Okay, I like the Elle Varner vibe, but the opening salvo of the ESG and Biz Markie samples is probably the reason this song makes the list. It more than makes up for a slowish jam about shoes. ‘Only Wanna Give It to You’ was Elle Varner’s lead single release off her debut album, Perfectly Imperfect, and features rapper J. Cole. Have a great weekend.

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Todd Terje – Inspector Norse (2012)

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‘Inspector Norse’ was written, performed and produced by the world’s favourite Norwegian DJ, Todd Terje. He released it as a single on Smalltown Supersound Records and then as part of his EP It’s the Arps. More beach lounge than dance floor, this was the sound of summer 2012.

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Funeral Suits – All Those Friendly People (2012)

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Dublin quartet Funeral Suits may be derivative in the way they evoke memories of The Cure and the Bunnymen, but the result is definitely satisfying. Today’s track ‘All Those Friendly People’ was the second single to be released from the band’s 2012 debut album, Lily Of The Valley. Have a great week.

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Heartless Bastards – Only For You (2012)

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Like their Ohio kin The Black Keys, Heartless Bastards’s lilt is a type of garage rock heavily rooted in blues. Unlike The Black Keys, they also have the vocals of Erika Wennerstrom. Her voice is beautifully explored on the track ‘Only For You’ off the 2012 album Arrow.

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Bat For Lashes – Laura (2012)

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Multi-instrumentalist Natasha Khan is better known as the artist and songwriter Bat For Lashes. In ‘Laura’, the first single off her third studio album, 2012’s The Haunted Man, Khan sings in the guise of Adele at a time when the superstar was taking time out. Despite incredibly positive reactions, including the “Hottest Record in the World” from BBC’s Zane Lowe, the song about a friend that got left behind did not perform in the charts. It’s a mystery why it didn’t.

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Parquet Courts – Master Of My Craft (2012)

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Now for something to restore a little credibility. Parquet Courts pick up the type of garage sound and feedback previously contrived by Television to The Fall to Pavement. High praise indeed, but the proof is in the listening to the bake. Their 2012 album Light Up Gold kicks off with ‘Master Of My Craft’. The song takes no prisoners. “Forget about it!”, “Forget about it!” and “Ya know Socrates died in the fucking gutter!”

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Cigarettes After Sex – Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby (2012)

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Cigarettes After Sex are an ambient pop collective based out of Brooklyn, NY. On ‘Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby’, frontman and singer-songwriter Greg Gonzalez explains that “Nothing’s gonna hurt you baby / As long as you’re with me you’ll be just fine.” The old fool – all sentiment and dream pop.

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Mercury Rev – Isolation (2002)

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Also in 2002, Mercury Rev had the audacity to cover John Lennon. ‘Isolation’ had originally featured on his first debut release, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. Jonathan Donahue and folk covered it as part of a tribute compilation. Sacrilegious it is, but I appreciate the ever-so-slightly faster pace and the Neil Young impression.

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San Cisco – Wild Things (2012)

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Cisco’s Jordi Davieson can sound like the Australian love child of Thomas Mars and Ezra Koenig. But at other times, he, Scarlett Stevens and bandmates have a fair crack at psychedelic pop rock. ‘Wild Things’ is off their 2012 self-titled debut album. The sound has more than a touch of The Flaming Lips about it, which is never a bad thing.

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Nils Frahm – Re (2012)

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Piano player, composer and producer, Nils Frahm is based in Berlin. Like any self respecting Berliner, he is known for experimenting with electronic music. Frahm’s take is to combine classical and synthesised keyboard sounds. In 2011, his unconventional approach took a turn for the different due to a run-in with a bunk bed. That nocturnal event gave him a broken thumb and the time to practice with 9 fingers and less keys. The stripped back sound is what you hear on his 2012 long player Screws. ‘Re’ is the third track on the album and provides us with today’s Wednesday interlude.

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Milky Edwards & The Chamberlings – Starman (2012)

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No idea who Milky Edwards is nor the mysterious producer that circulated this high tempo hoax, but I love their style. The song starts with guitar effect that is not too dissimilar to The Supremes’ ‘You Keep Me Hangin’ On’ and then breaks out into some kind of foot-stomping vocal work-out that Edwin Starr would be proud of. The result is undeniable. Bowie a la Holland–Dozier–Holland. Have a great weekend.

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Santigold – Disparate Youth (2012)

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From one electropop chanteuse to another – and just the 30 years in between. Santi White is also known as Santigold. Featuring on her sophomore album Master of My Make-Believe, ‘Disparate Youth’ is a hook-filled slice of electronica that filled the bandwidth of alternative radio stations in 2012. “Don’t look ahead, there’s stormy weather….”

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