It seems as the years go on, more critics are becoming increasingly cynical about the classic “year-end” lists everyone tends to put out.
Top 10 free non-commerical Soundcloud only releases of 2012, Top 25 rap mixtapes not including Rick Ross or Gucci Mane, Top 5 non-Dubstep EDM DJ albums released from April 17th to October 27th, The 3 most influential Eastern European female pop singers…blah blah blah. There are a lot of complaints. Ex: “They are all the same”, blah blah, whatever Thom York/Radiohead put out, some new indie band with only one release out that hasn’t even gone on tour yet, Grimes, the new Kendrick Lamar album, Animal Collective, The XX, Some weird rapper, …Well fuck, I actually like these lists a lot. I enjoy looking back and reviewing the year, seeing what new songs, artists, and albums I spent most my time listening to and discovering. At the same time I can see what other people spent their time listening to and I can find great new tunes as well.
With that little rant behind me. I give thee…my 2012 list of favorite songs, EPs, albums, mixtapes, and overall new music related…things. This is basically a collection of the music that shaped my year. I’ll try and keep it somewhat concise and organized in some sort of manner but we’ll see how that goes.
ape was on of my favorite releases of 2010. I’ve been a fan ever since, trying to keep up with his various singles, EPs, and collaborations ever since. Last month he released a little 2 track digital 7″ that continues the tradition of his groovy ass experimental 80s synth funk entitled “Magnolia.” CHECK THAT OUT BELOW RIGHT THIS VERY SECOND!
This by far has been one of the hardest mixes to hit my inbox yet.
Clocking at a little over an hour, Walshy Fire trips us up immediately with gut-wrenching synths under slow-grooving vocals. It’s an incredibly diverse mix that blends well, constantly keeping you moving throughout the massive ups and smooth breakdowns.
Dubbed as Miami’s “Prime Minister” and closely affiliated with Major Lazer, it’s obvious to see this guy’s on a nice path.
The Knoxville kid has returned!!!! (I feel like I say that every time this guy does anything) Mr. Brandon Biondo, aka WALSH has just dropped his newest release “Back 2 the High Life.”
Keeping in the same (and fantastic) vein as most of his previous releases, this album cruises through thick, groovy, synth and bass lines with a combination of those spacey yet driving beats. The whole thing kind of plays out like a “futuristic” 80′s sounding Miami cop drama. You know, guns, white leisure suits, nightclubs, and cocaine. At least that’s what I see.
Arrete (French for stop or order or something like that) hails from Knoxville, Tennessee and brings that disco-electro-funky goodness. Oddly enough (or maybe not?) Arrete’s sound reminds me quite a bit of fellow Knoxville native Brandon Biondo aka WALSH. A lot of his songs have that throwback cinematic 80′s feel to them. Pretty cool stuff that I happen to enjoy, so I thought I’d share.
That being said, It’s really loud in here and I can’t actually hear anything BUT I’m already a huge Walsh fan and after cruising the inter-web a bit I found out he just dropped this new track “Girlfriend” the other day.
I’m going to just take a chance and say it’s good. Hopefully I’m right.
I’m talking about myself BUT ALSO, the great Brandon Biondo aka WALSH.
A while back I posted a little..post about his Smoke Weed About It EP. I was crazy about it and got that shit on tape before it sold out over at Wonder Beard.!!! Anyway, he just put out a new EP titled Karaoke. It has a few older songs that weren’t really available before but also a couple new jawns as well.