Getting down to my very top fave picks of the year!
#10 -Bob Moses “Tearing Me Up”
Loved this one on first listen and now I can’t get enough! Bob Moses is an electronic duo from Vancouver, Canada (now residing in New York) that released their debut EP in 2012. Two other EPs preceded their first full-length album, released this year. “Days Gone By” is a lush, moody offering that straddles the line between rock/pop and EDM/house. The single “Tearing Me Up” pairs a groovy bass line with sultry, atmospheric vocals that pull you in and leave you wanting more. The band has been booked at several major festivals this year, including Coachella, Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo.
#9 – Fitz and the Tantrums “Handclap”/”Roll Up”
Couldn’t decide which of these I like best! Fitz & The Tantrums kept the high-energy beats going in both these singles from their 3rd (self-titled) album. While the CD’s shift from retro-soul to dance pop drew some grumbles from fans of the LA band’s indie neo-soul roots, unabashed lovers of 80’s pop music (that would include me) are still digging these addictively high-spirited tunes.
#8 – Glass Animals “Life Itself”
Two years on from their excellent debut album “Zaba”, Oxford’s psychedelic indie-pop band Glass Animals is back on the scene with a funky, percussion-driven song from their upcoming 2nd album “How To Be A Human Being”. An ode to the outsiders of society, “Life Itself” features a pop-retro groove and instantly familiar sounding chorus that will “slip and slide through your ears with ease”.
#7 – The 1975 “The Sound”/”Somebody Else”
The 1975 are proving to be so much more than early critics gave them credit for. With their clever head-turning lyrical phrases and devil-may-care attitude it’s no wonder they have such a devoted fan following. Their arena-worthy show –which featured a mix of bouncy pop, R&B and smooth jazz (not to mention the impressive set/light show) — was surprisingly diverse and easily one of the best live shows I saw this year. Their second single “The Sound” (from the current album) was a fun bit of danceable synth-pop. Taking a bit of a detour from the first two singles, the third track “Somebody Else” is an understated emotional tune that grows on you more with every listen. Very impressed with this band on a lot of levels and can’t wait to see what they do next.
6 – Coin “Talk Too Much”
This offering from Nashville quartet “Coin” has been called “infectious” and “insanely catchy” and I couldn’t agree more! I loved their 2015 song “Run” and this first taste of their upcoming new full-length album takes things up to the next level. “Talk Too Much” – about the inability to leave things unsaid (a problem many of us seem to have lately) — has been described by one reviewer as the “kind of single that deserves a stadium filled sing-along with its truly catchy hooks and effervescent guitar lines.” Don’t miss this one!