Lorde - “Royals” (The Weeknd Remix)

NZ youngster Lorde has been making the radio rounds armed with her ultra catchy single “Royals” and her undeniably Felicity hair.

But everything in life could always do with a little extra R&B. So alas (alas!) Portishead-sampler-in-denial The Weeknd turns up the synths and sprinkles a little touch of soul onto the track. Anyone else think that these two should team up to revamp this Babyface classic?

Lorde’s debut LP Pure Heroine drops in September.

www.lorde.co.nz

Jagwar Ma - The Throw

Lazy days need Jagwar Ma. This I discovered on this lazy day. Not so eloquently put - they mad good.

www.jagwarma.com

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Favourite Songs of 2012: #20 -11

Here are my 20 favourite songs of the year. All were on albums released in 2012. So, as much as I have elbow-grooved to those new Local Natives tracks - almost as much as I’ve dreamt about sharing bubble tea with Taylor Rice’s facial hair - or clutched my heart while iPhone-karaokeing to my new boyfriend Cass McCombs, all that has been taken out of contention.

But lay all your eyebrow-furrowing fret aside! Because 2012 brought us some fantastic music; whether it exploded confetti in your face at a Project X party (Japandroids), danced like your grandpa high on LSD (Father John Misty), or made you hungry for toast (Fiona Apple).

Enjoy! And let us know how much you disagree. We appreciate vehemence.

20 The Walkmen - Heaven

19 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Same Love

18 Milo Greene - 1957

17 Of Monsters and Men - King and Lionheart

16 Alabama Shakes - Hold On

15 Sun Kil Moon - Among the Leaves

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14 The Tallest Man on Earth - To Just Grow Away

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13 Passion Pit - Take a Walk

12 First Aid Kit - Wolf

11 Fiona Apple - Hot Knife

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Favourite Songs of 2012: #10 -1

Here are my 20 favourite songs of the year. All were on albums released in 2012. So, as much as I have elbow-grooved to those new Local Natives tracks - almost as much as I’ve dreamt about sharing bubble tea with Taylor Rice’s facial hair - or clutched my heart while iPhone-karaokeing to my new boyfriend Cass McCombs, all that has been taken out of contention.

But lay all your eyebrow-furrowing fret aside! Because 2012 brought us some fantastic music; whether it exploded confetti in your face at a Project X party (Japandroids), danced like your grandpa high on LSD (Father John Misty), or made you hungry for toast (Fiona Apple).

Enjoy! And let us know how much you disagree. We appreciate vehemence.

10 The Antlers - Drift Dive

9 Father John Misty - Fun Times in Babylon

8 Frank Ocean - Lost

7 Beach House - On the Sea

6 Tame Impala - Elephant

5 Alt-J - Tessellate

4 Exitmusic - Passage

3 Japandroids - The House that Heaven Built

2 DIIV - Doused

1 Menomena - Pique

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This track is the perfect representation for what I consider the year’s most underrated album. In solid Menomena style,”Pique” is marvelously out of place; always surprising, always new. I was immediately hooked.

The standout from the previously-trio, now-duo band’s 2012 Moms, the track is led by relentless guitar grinds and persistent drum beats that mirror the aggressive lyrics, while the beautifully arranged horn section adds even more emotional weight to the disjointed mother-son relationship. It is so catchy, and so musically interesting that I can’t get enough of it.

This is the year’s best song.

www.menomena.com

Seyra - “Jauh”

A couple of weeks ago, we attended the launch of local band’s Seyra’s new singles - “Jauh” and “Send Me On”.

As an ensemble, Seyra is strong and dominating when the drums pound, trombone belts and guitars boom, while still demonstrating delicateness and quiet emotion when restrained. It’s not a display of a voice, a beat or a melody; but an orchestration that does as much to entertain the audience as to inspire its participation.

Oh, and our friends at Flim directed Seyra’s video for “Jauh”. Check it out below.

www.seyra.bandcamp.com

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