Wednesday 24 December 2014

Top 25 Tracks of 2014: 15-6

Why stop now?

Here's a recap of the last few days of WIIHAMB Daily and my rundown of 'Top 25 Tracks of 2014" numbers 15-6.

Knock yourselves out before the top five tomorrow!

15. Charlie Barclay-Webb: Get To Know Me
I can remember the Sunday night struggle that I was having with this song trying my utmost to think of artists that sounded similar. Eight months on I still can’t do it. As a debut single ‘Get To Know Me’ is striking and brash but that’s what makes it great.

14. RL Grime feat How To Dress Well: Reminder
RL Grime straying from the trap he’s used to seems to have worked out for him in the realm of ‘Reminder’. Featuring How To Dress Well’s RnB vocals, this collaboration is as haunting as it is sexy and stunning. The universe needs more collabs like this.

13. Route 94 feat Jess Glynne: My Love
I don’t really have much to say about Route 94’s ‘My Love’ other than that it was another one of those underground tracks that was picked up by the likes of Radio 1 and absolutely smashed the UK singles chart. So simple, but so great.

12. Tinashe feat SchoolBoy Q: 2 On
The only time Mustard has featured on the beat on WIIHAMB in 2014. The rest of Tinashe’s 2014 album ‘Aquarius’ doesn’t really sound anything like ‘2 On’ but ‘2 On’ is so good you can just stick it on repeat forever and it won’t really matter.

11. Raleigh Ritchie: Bloodsport
Raleigh Ritchie has by far been one of my favourite “new” artists of 2014. I pretty much listened to ‘Bloodsport’ for the entirety of the first two months of the year. ‘Bloodsport’ is simple and beautiful and a great example of what Raleigh Ritchie is capable of.

10. PVRIS: St. Patrick
'St. Patrick' was PVRIS' debut single. After their acoustic EP released in April this year, I'm not sure anyone was expecting them to bring out something as huge and anthemic as 'St. Patrick'. It's that perfect mix of rock meets synth-pop. You did good PVRIS.

9. Blonde feat Melissa Steel: I Loved You
My original post on this song is SPOT ON. I said (and hoped) that this would be Blonde’s breakout single and there it was a couple of weeks ago sitting pretty at number 7 in the UK chart. At the time of the original post Melissa Steel’s vocals also went uncredited - I’d like to think I played a pretty major part in the decision to include her existence on this track. (I obviously didn’t, but what does it matter.) All of that aside, I’d like to say that this is my favourite dance track of 2014.

8. Paolo Nutini: Iron Sky (Hudson Mohawke remix)
I'd be surprised by anyone who didn't include 'Iron Sky' in their favourite songs of 2014. Hudson Mohawke needs to be commended on taking such a masterpiece and remixing it in a way that doesn't interfere with the original song. So much so that this is less of a remix and more of an alternative version. Either way, it's simply stunning.

7. Lower Than Atlantis: Here We Go
There comes a time in life when we all have to admit defeat. For me this time came when Lower Than Atlantis unveiled 'Here We Go'. I don't know what's happened to LTA since the completion of their second album 'World Record' but this new poppier rock route seems to be working out. Standout rock (not metal) single of the year.

6. MNEK: Every little word
MNEK is a certified pop genius at the ripe old age of 20. MNEK has had a whirlwind of a year in 2014 with writing credits on three UK top 10 singles. It's just a shame that his own songs have fallen slightly under the radar. 'Every Little Word' was MNEK's proper debut single and his incredible vocals paired with an off the wall track made for pop perfection.

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