Here are some of the best new songs we've been listening to all summer...
1) Skirts – THE OTHER TRIBE
You’d be forgiven for thinking that this was Friendly Fires – Bristol-based The Other Tribe’s latest release sings of long, hot summer nights and is guaranteed to make you want to head down to your nearest beach. Even if it is 10° outside. And chucking it down with rain.
2) Anna Sun – WALK THE MOON
One of the sunniest, most up-tempo songs of this summer, from one of the hottest new bands, complete with a first verse that seriously BUILDS. Don’t believe us? Listen for yourselves!
3) The Broadwalk – LIZZIE AND THE YES MEN
The perfect blend of indie and pop, courtesy of Lizzie Holdforth and co. Like the female-vocalised equivalent of The Drums’ “Let’s Go Surfing”, it will get stuck in your head a little too easily, and could potentially stay there for a whole day.
4) Weathervanes and Chemicals – TEAM ME
As heard on XFm’s Music Response show, here is the debut UK release from this Norwegian six-piece band. Expect good things – and it’s probably best to ignore iTunes’ classification of them as “Pop” (they don’t always get it right, do they?) Team Me’s album “To The Treetops!” is out now, we recommend you check it out.
5) Sleep Alone – TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB
Continuing their infectiously enthusiastic rhythms and trademark rapid guitar riffs, Two Door show once again that they are worthy of their status as One Of The Best Bands Ever*. They’ve even managed to include a drum beat which sounds like a clapping crowd at the start of the record, applause that Two Door well and truly deserve.**
*One Of The Best Bands Ever status as awarded by Felicity of On The Jukebox, as of August 25th 2012.
**I’m not biased, honestly.
6) Octopus – BLOC PARTY
When news of a new Bloc Party single with original line-up intact) broke out, it quickly spread across social networking and media websites like wildfire. The sound is energetic, upbeat and has “indie” written all over it. That Foals-esque guitar intro will soon have this song moved up onto your “Most Played Songs” list in no time, you mark our words.
7) This Song Is Called Ragged – JONATHAN BOULET
Is that a marimba we hear? We certainly haven’t heard a sound quite so summery in a while. This song will conjure up images of golden sands and clear, turquoisey oceans. Best enjoyed under a palm tree, while sipping a cool, tropical fruit smoothie and soaking up the Caribbean sunshine. Or alternatively, at home, while drinking a mug of tea and wearing 50 layers of clothing to block out the cold. The choice is yours.
8) Little Talks – OF MONSTERS AND MEN
First there was Gotye. Then there was FUN. Now, Of Monsters and Men have become the latest alternative band to break into the mainstream, scoring themselves a UK Top 40 hit, and gaining both a decent amount of airplay and several millions of YouTube views. Good choice, listeners. One more thing – Of Monsters and Men follow us on Twitter. #justsaying.
9) Elephant – TAME IMPALA
If you stuck Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s “Spread Your Love”, The Black Keys’ “Howlin’ For You” and Muse’s “Uprising” into a blender, mixing them up together like a musical milkshake, we can imagine the end product would sound something like this.
10) Teenage Icon – THE VACCINES
The Vaccines’ Justin Young may not be a teenage icon. Nor is he Frankie Avalon (a 1950’s pop star, apparently). But one thing’s certain for sure; The Vaccines are back with a fresh sound and that unique rock ‘n’ roll charm – what did you expect?! We can’t wait for their new album Come Of Age – roll on 3rd September.
11) Lifening (Burst To Life Mix) – SNOW PATROL
This is sound proof that remixes don’t just kill songs. Here, Snow Patrol’s sentimental album track “Lifening” is given a new vibrance that distinguishes it from the original, while retaining all the meaning, Gary Lightbody’s top-class vocals and general Snow Patrol goodness. We liked it so much, we named this blog after some of its lyrics.
12) Never Fade Away – SPECTOR
As the days begin to shorten, leaves on the trees turn brown and sunbathers disappear from parks and beaches, we see the summer gradually come to an end. This little ballad from Spector (review of their BT London live set coming soon) provides us with a reminder that Summer 2012 will not be forgotten. Too cheesy? Oh well, we tried.
Isabella and Felicity, OTJ x
Isabella and Felicity, OTJ x