With 2012 wrapping up, we in the music section of the site decided to do a top ten albums of the year, then we decided to do our favorite songs of 2012 as well. This will be a 4 part series from the music writers. At the end of the month we’ll compile all the songs and make you a sweet playlist to “bump” at your New Years Eve parties you kids are always talking about. It’ll be a great way to discover new music or music you missed throughout 2012.
Jake Bugg – “Lightning Bolt”
The first time I heard this song on the radio (remember the radio kids?) I thought this was some forgotten folky/alternative classic from the 70′s or 80′s by some one-hit wonder. After the song finished the DJ said the song was by an 18-year-old English guy named Jake Bugg, I could hardly believe it. Jake’s influences include Bob Dylan, Donovan, The Beatles and Oasis and all those bands come through in his music. Jake likely won’t be a forgotten one-hit wonder like I assumed he was, his entire EP features simplistic yet timeless-sounding songs, the self-titled album reached #1 in the UK Albums Chart.
Kendrick Lamar – “M.A.A.d City”
This song is tough! Kendrick Lamar decided to have MC Eiht, who is an old school rapper from Compton, feature on his song.
Earl Sweatshirt – “Chum”
I’ve been waiting for some new Earl for a while now, I still listen to his mixtape regularly and love his verse on Frank Ocean’s track “Super Rich Kids”. Of all the Odd Future dudes Earl has been my favorite, his absence made him mysterious, his flow has always been incredible, and he’s super young but much better than most rappers out there now. On “Chum”, Earls raps about not having a father, meeting Tyler, and his struggles fitting in with different groups of kids. The beat is one of my favorites because of the piano melody, its just so simple which is perfect for this track. According to Sweatshirt’s Twitter, his new album will be out sometime next year and is titled “Doris”.
Passion Pit – “It’s Not My Fault, I’m Happy”
Great multi-layered sound with instrumentation building to create a melodic yet upbeat sound. However, the lyrics are anything but upbeat, as they appear to give listeners a window into lead singer Michael Angelakos’ bipolar disorder.
Nas – “Bye Baby”
When an artist has a break-up they make the best music. That remains true for Nas on “Bye Baby”. This is one of the stand-out songs on his Grammy nominated album, “Life Is Good”.
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