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Delta Spirit – California (2012)

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Delta Spirit are from California and we know it. The group consists of Jonathan Jameson (bass), Brandon Young (drums), Matthew Vasquez (vocals and guitars), Kelly Winrich (multi-instrumentalist) and William McLaren (guitar), but it’s Winrich who wrote ‘California’ about his East Coast girl. They were having troubles. The song features on their self-titled third studio album. Have a great weekend.

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M83 – Wait (2012)

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‘Wait’ is taken from the M83 album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, It was the final episode of a trilogy of sci-fi music videos following the adventures of a group of children with X-Men-type powers. It also brough to an end a collaboration between the French band and the directorial team Fleur & Manu.

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Sharon Van Etten – We Are Fine (2012)

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In 2012, Sharon Van Etten made a thing of beauty. Her album Tramp was produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner, who put the songwriter’s heartfelt voice front and centre of the acoustic number ‘We Are Alright’. Have a great week.

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Matt and Kim – Let’s Go (2012)

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Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino are Matt and Kim from from Brooklyn, New York. ‘Let’s Go’ has been their most successful single to date and encaptures their upbeat punk/dance fare. It features on their 2012 album Lightning.

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Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko – Stay (2012)

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I don’t feature much pop, but one should make an exception for Rihanna’s piano ballad ‘Stay’. It was the second single off Rihanna’s album Unapologetic. It features guest vocals from Nashville singer-songwriter Mikky Ekko, who also wrote the song. In fact, he wrote it with another breakthrough artist, the English songwriter Justin Parker. Parker had already made waves working with Lana Del Rey on her standout hit ‘Video Games’.

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Mac DeMarco – Freaking Out The Neighborhood (2012)

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In 2012, Mac DeMarco was ‘Freaking Out The Neighborhood’ with some exquisite guitar work. The song features on 2, the collection of songs that made up his first proper album.

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Matthew E. White – Big Love (2012)

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It is hard to categorise Matthew E. White’s sound on ‘Big Love’. Larger than life, the song featured on his 2012 album the Big Inner. The bass groove, honky-tonk piano, the Philly strings, the backing singers, the sax and something celestial… it’s a very tasty soup.

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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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