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Monday, 3 December 2012

December Playlist


(Left to Right)
Top: Alt-J ∆, Mumford & Sons, The Vaccines, Django Django
Bottom: Vampire Weekend, Fleetwood Mac, Arctic Monkeys, Of Monsters and Men

Alt-J ∆ 
My Top Track: Matilda 
The alternative band scooped the mercury music prize this year whilst up against some stiff competition, with the likes of Django Django and The Maccabees as competitors the band were said to be 'shocked' that they were even considered. In my book there is not a single band you can compare these guys to, their originality is what singles them out and has kept their debut album An Awesome Wave on my playlist for the past five months.

Mumford & Sons
My Top Track: I will Wait
Even though I was slightly disappointed with the second Mumford album Babel, it doesn't mean that I still don't love it. I Will Wait was the bands first single from the new record and what a great choice they made. The song has still got the Mumford charm and the lyrics are just as beautiful as they were on the first album, and that can be said for all the tracks. Mumford will always be on one of my playlists at least, they were the band who brought folk to life.

The Vaccines 
My Top Track: Aftershave Ocean
Anyone who knows me well enough will already be aware of what a huge fan I am of this indie band, first noticing them at Glastonbury Festival back in 2011 they have become one of my go-to's for whatever mood I am in. Aftershave Ocean is a song taken from their second album Come of Age and just proves to all The Vaccines critics that they can write songs with substance.

Django Django
My Top Track: Firewater 
Already mentioned in my list as being nominated for the Mercury Music Prize earlier this year Django Django have forced their way into their own genre, much like Alt-J ∆. Their unique sound means they are a welcome change to the normal indie/ pop/ alternative I listen to, I also think they will be working the music festival scene this year so watch out for them.


Vampire Weekend
My Top Track: Horchata
Before people think I'm really behind here, I am not only going to be talking about music from this year but also music from the past. Where have Vampire Weekend gone? I first properly heard their music at Isle of Wight Festival 2010 and since then they have been on every single playlist I have created since then. The perfect mix of alternative and pop creates their individual music style.

Fleetwood Mac
My Top Track: Everything
It was a close call between talking about The Beatles or Fleetwood Mac here, but I figured I bore enough people with my Beatles chat and so here they are. Mac have the songs that are sort of timeless (man, that sounds cheesy but it's true) and any generation loves to listen to them. It was my mum who introduced me to their music at a young age and I have now passed it on to my 17-year old brother whose normal music taste includes Gangnam Style.

Arctic Monkeys
My Top Track: Fluorescent Adolescent 
This band takes me back to my time at secondary school, it was played at almost every party I went to and I have nothing but love for Alex Turner's rocky and lyrically perfect sound. Fluorescent Adolescent is my top track simply because. There are so many tracks to pick from, with four albums already under their belt, it took me a while to choose. Essentially, all I have to do is listen to the lyrics and I'm taken away from the real world, hurled into Alex Turner's mystical mind.

Of Monsters and Men
My Top Track: Little Talks
This band from Iceland were introduced to me in February of this year, quite a while before they hit the big time with their debut single Little Talks. I don't know if you've noticed, but I like a band to have a completely different sound to the band I have just listened to and OMAM provide just that. The five-piece have now got their music in the mainstream market with performances at various festivals this year including Reading and Leeds.

Other Tracks: The Black Keys Lonely Boy, The Beatles All My Loving, Bob Dylan Like a Rolling Stone, King Charles Lady Percy, The Kinks Shangri-La, The Crookes Sofie, Electric Light Orchestra Don't Bring Me Down, Friends Friend Crush, Florence and the Machine I'm Not Calling you a Liar, The Lumineers Hey Ho, Jay Jay Pistolet Hooked Up on Us, Bastille Flaws, Lord Huron Ends of the Earth, The Maccabees Ayla...

...the list is endless.

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