2007…pretty good year for music so far

Thank goodness -I’m now off school for two and a half weeks. I may even be feeling human at the end of it all.

I know I often post covers on a Friday, but I thought today I would post a handful of tracks that I’ve really been enjoying this year. Some of them -Gasp! Shock! Horror! were hits. I’ve posted about Penny Century, Emma Pollock and Katie Sutherland a lot this year, and flagged up how much I’ve enjoyed Bat For Lashes and Wiley, but I thought I would highlight some other stuff I’ve loved.

Kate Nash -‘Foundations.’ mp3

King Creosote -‘Leslie.’ mp3

Tiny Dancers -‘I Will Wait For You.’ mp3

Calvin Harris -‘Acceptable in the 80s.’ mp3

Thrushes -‘Aidan Quinn.’ mp3

Justice -‘D.A.N.C.E.’ mp3

Hot Chip -‘My Piano.’ mp3

Von Sudenfed -‘Fledermaus Can’t Get It.’ mp3

Timbaland -‘Give It To Me.’ mp3

Battles -‘Atlas.’ mp3

If you like the tracks, support the artists involved, and leave feedback.

It’s going to be tough deciding my Top 50 tracks this year…

Three more for you!

Ok, OK, am going to try and listen to something up beat and uplifting and try and get a sense of perspective. Here in the northern hemisphere, it is the last day of winter (even if it is trying to snow in certain parts of the UK!, and it cannot come a moment too soon!

First up, Tiny Dancers (picture above) who make me want to jig around the flat – and that’s really very welcome. currently on tour, this band, who have been described as a mix of ‘Country, Sheffield blues, Beatlesque rock’roll and Neil young’s creaking sadness’ have just put put a single called ‘I Will Wait For You’ which you need to hear, and can do at their MySpace page. Then you can go out and buy it, preferably on the two 7″ singles that are available (multi-formatting is cool when it’s on vinyl. When it’s on CD or DVD I just feel like I’m being taken advantage of).

Tiny Dancers official website

Tiny Dancers MySpace

Next up, another band who have just put put a single – this time available on 8″ vinyl (try putting a cd that’s 6″ into your player. they won’t make it and you won’t find anything that will play it. Vinyl is the future, people!!) the Rumble Strips remind me of the kaiser Chiefs, Blur circa Modern Life Is Rubbish, and particularly Dexys Midnight runners – not just because of the horns, but also because the singer’s voice is pleasantly similar to Kevin Rowland’s. Go to the MySpace page to hear the track and three others, then go and buy the single.

Finally, the slightly demented sounding Los Campesinos have made their single ‘We throw parties, you Throw Knives’/’Don’t Tell Me To Do The Maths’ available for free as a downlaod and that includes the artwork. It’s not a free 7″ that you can pick up but it is pretty cool. Get yourself over to their website to get it:

Los Campesinos’ official website.

Enjoy Tuesday