[PLAYLIST] The Best SONGS of 2012 – Part 1 (Jan-June)

Lets not talk about the fact this year is already half over. Thats just insane. About as insane as the quality of jams that have been pumping through TBE HQ’s speakers these past 6 months. Here is the best of the best. Did I miss any? Did you miss any?

(Thanks to Vladimir Bobritskiy for the album art.)

25. My Great Ghost – Plain Sight / A pulsating, haunting, and thoroughly beautiful journey.

24. Purity Ring – Obedear / Slightly creepy. Very ominous. Highly Read more

[STREAM] Blood Diamonds – “Phone Sex” feat. Grimes

please daddy take me home

  • Who: Mick Tucker
  • What: Tropical space dance, like Tanlines, Grimes, Purity Ring
  • Where: Vancouver, Canada + Facebook
  • When: Singles out here and there.
  • Why: Blood Diamonds have been grinding out dpacey groove nuggets for a few years now but this collaboration with freak-champ Grimes is really putting him on the map and for good reason. Steel drums paired with Grimes’ voice is like having a luau on a cloud. But before you can figure out if thats weird or not the track kicks off and the dance party is in full effect and you aren’t even thinking about what might happen if you dance too close to the edge. When you get back down grab a few solo jams at his Soundcloud.

[MP3/VIDEO] Grimes – “Vanessa” & “Oblivion”

i need someone now to look into my eyes and tell me girl you know you’ve gotta watch your health

♫ Grimes – Oblivion

  • Who: Claire Boucher
  • What: Angelic freak pop, like Lykki Li, Austra
  • Where: Montreal, Canada + Facebook / Amazon
  • When: 3rd LP Visions is out now.
  • Why: Hearing the name “Grimes” doesn’t quite conjure up anything like the image you see at right and that’s one of the reasons I didn’t realize I loved Grimes for a long time. Based on the name I made assumptions about dirty, lo-fi, distortion, etc. Then I was in Austin for SXSW and dancing my ass off at Barbarella and this beautiful beat came on the PA followed by this china-fine voice that slipped through my ears. “This is Grimes,” Joel told me. And then I was hooked. “Oblivion” is a hyper-infectious groove machine that bounces through a foggy forrest of elastic bass. Boucher’s voice punches through the haze with it’s own slippery rhythm and the whole thing is magical. Turn it up.

♫ Grimes – Vanessa

Upon realizing Grimes has been around forever in Internet years (3 albums), I nabbed a few tracks floating around and “Vanessa” is one of those gems. A slower experience but equally enthralling. Now that I have found myself in Montreal this weekend it seems appropriate to write about Grimes. And also time to catch up to present day and get my hands on Visions. While I do, I highly recommend joining Grimes in her video for “Oblivion.” Suddenly all that arena sports crap looks appealing if I got to wave hot dogs with Claire. And that’s not a euphemism. Maybe.