It's our last monthly round up before our onslaught of year end lists. What a ride! Will any of these best songs of November make our best of 2013? Maybe! We'll have to see! They're really good, though! Don't pressure us!
“Overwhelming but never overwhelmed, carousels of electronic tones whirl in and out as Berglund reintroduces his utterly inviting Pied Piper singalongs.”
“Its sunny sounds are oil-slicked with a bizarre substance that transforms benign Ace of Base proto-reggae like it's been blasted with like Fukushima radiation.”
“'Spiral' is a bit more loyal in tone to the cover art: battle-ready in razor-tipped shades, but still carefree, no matter the number of attacking cartoon ducks.”
“Its new age-y drone is the slow motion descent of empty blunt wrappers and full dimebags, and enables Q to note on his triumph more than once amongst his rascally verses about stealing your girl and blowing a cheque in two days.”
“The riffing gives the meek vocals, which sound like they've barely escaped Daniel Pitout's throat, some muscle, and evoke grunge's poppier incarnations (think the soundtrack for the opening shot of the high school in a Freddie Prinze, Jr. movie).”
“Fortifying stuff that massages your frail ego with an airy atmosphere that photosynthesizes sex.”
“Disembodied and slightly scrambled, the track floats above the revelatory atmosphere it generates, applying tension between clashing elements, like the percolating strings and soulful chants, or the choirs processed to dreamy oblivion and the nearly robotic shuffle.”
“From the jump the titular mantra is streaked with futility. Paranoid psychedelic synths pile on top of each other, easing the track into a full on anxiety attack that includes a rib-cracking heartbeat of a kick and a feral, retina-imploding atmosphere.”
Starts off a nice gauzy wash, the perfect white noise to read articles to and otherwise catch up on some current affairs, and then Alanna McArdle screams and I'm banging my head, bashing this out at 100 wpm.
Queue up Cassie's "Indo" and lo and behold, what's that sample we hear? That's Chart Attack office favourite Sean Nicholas Savage's "She Looks Like You"! The Solange-penned ditty strips the warm synths from the SNS tune and turns his billowy, heartbreaker into a minimal, R&B affair.
To think it only took a crunchy synth, some four-on-the-floor, and a few well-timed rim shots to transform singers Ed Droste and Daniel Rossen's studied melancholia into something that moves on a latin swivel, and something, dare I say, much more fun.
Oh man, that first lyric: "Kiss my lips and taste the sauvignon/I wrap the vine around your thighs." Try that one out tonight, and be sure to thank Smith, Disclosure, and co. when you're doing the freakiest stuff of your life.
“Reams of doe-eyed despair pour through layers of acoustic twang and furrowed sludge, like a day-drunk Dinosaur Jr.”
“'Erosion' is sweetly adrift on waves of Hooky-indebted basslines and breathy yelps and sighs, forging its own path through the stale English synthpop clutter of years past with bright novas of synth tearing into the past and peeking into the future.”
“...it's like the group's jammy roots have taken a series of deep, strong breaths, and exhaled a calmer, fluorescent tidepool. Shrink yourself down to starfish size and dive into the warm depths.”
“...echoing with abandoned castles populated with skeleton beefeaters, marching in lockstep to a tidy garage beat, as brittle and beautiful as cobwebbed crystal.”
“The Hyperdub producer flexes the elastic sine waves and tropical rhythms like a second language, dipping them in and out of perfectly timed shouts, drops, and filter passes.”