Tuesday, 24 December 2019

My Tracks of the Year 2019

So I thought I'd do a playlist for the best of 2019. These aren't necessarily the songs released this year but the ones I've been listening to. Check it out on Spotify here.

Like An American - Vistas
This Edinburgh band had their first gig outside of Scotland in Sheffield to a sold out crowd. This single grabbed me for some reason.

Damage Done - Sea Girls
This track starts slowly but by the end I'm not wanting it to end, he even gets me singing "Darnce".

Hall of Fame - The Howl & The Hum
Sam Griffiths, lead singer and songwriter of the band, grew up in Colchester and then moved to the north in his later teens. The band are partly named after an Allen Ginsberg poem if that means anything to you. This is quite a short track but if you fancy a more epic, slowly building track then check out Godmanchester Chinese Bridge, it's had nearly 6 million streams on Spotify as I type.

Hypersonic Missiles - Sam Fender
We all need to be reminded of fake news (or propaganda as it was called before social media) and how it can be healthy to be cynical. Sam gives us that slap around the face.

Better Than Me - Ten Tonnes
This track can hardly be described as being missed by the mainstream, it was played to death on radio but it's great to revisit. G.I.V.E was another track of theirs that I enjoyed.

The Walker - Fitz and the Tantrums
OK so this is 2013 but it was one of the tracks for the Umbrella Academy and it's awesome. I've played this so much but I've also listened to some of their other tracks. Check out more recent releases All The Feels and I Just Wanna Shine, a belter of a song and anything mentioning climbing mountains gets a massive tick from me.

Symbols of Joy & Eternity - Sundra Karma
This is just awesome, love it, love it, love it! The way they use the speaking section and then bring the music back in, BOOM!

Your Girlfriend - Blossoms
As it's the season for unrequited love, or at least in one scene of Love Actually, then this song is perfect, it's a great pop record and the lyrics tell a story. What more can you want. Their follow up single, The Keeper came a close second best.

Dreamland (feat. Years & Years) - Pet Shop Boys
The best track I've heard from PSB for years, are there two bands more suited to collaborate?

Arriba (feat. Clean Bandit) - Little Big, Tatarka
Sprint standing up, sprint sitting down, sprint hover. Again! Now die. Why did I suggest this track to our spinning instructor?!

Can't Hold Us - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Another track from spinning, this one was released a while back, 2012 I think but I wanted to share it with you in case you hadn't caught it the first time around as I've been listing to it loads.

Love Runs Out - OneRepublic
Another spinning one and this one is 2014, I've got to share it though, what a track.

Vacation - Dirty Heads
Discovered after I shazamed a fishing programme advert in the middle of the Tour de France. From 2017 for those counting.

Story Problem - The Envy Corps
I did warn you they weren't all from 2019, this one is from 2007/08 and is a cracking tune. I think I picked it up off  Run Fat Boy Run, our go to film to watch the night before a big run. This year it was my wife's first marathon and she certainly hasn't let me forget it!

Excites Me - LIFE
This is one of my daughter's favourites, she's a bit of a rock chick and asks for it a lot, not just because it mentions dinosaurs either. Check out Bum Hour from their latest album as well.

Sean Connery - Allez Allez
Meet the groove, the hairy old man. He's not like anybody else.

Track Suit - Minor Mishap Marching Band
They are a "25 piece renegade brass band from Austin, Texas" and I discovered this track while watching Fargo the excellent TV series on Netflix. Check out the YouTube video of them performing the track here.

Rabbia e Tarantella (from Inglorious Basterds0 -  Ennio Morricone
What a great film and recently watching it again I shazamed this track. I've played it lots since, much to calls from my wife of "are you playing that Nazi music again". It's not Nazi music, it's just a score used in a film!

Kids Addicted - Red Rum Club
I woke up with this in my head the other day, always a good sign I think.