2013 is now past the halfway point so I thought it may be a good idea to have a look at the music that has so far been released in anticipation of the upcoming releases from Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Azealia Banks, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake (amongst others).
So here are my personal top 5 songs so far of 2013:
Attracting Flies – AlunaGeorge
Catching Flies was a perfect single choice for AlunaGeorge following their collaboration with Disclosure. It combines electronic, R&B and synths to create a piece of pop gold. Its repetitive nature ensures that it sticks in the listeners heads and it made me fall in love with this band even more. It works twofold as it can be listened to simply to enjoy but if it’s played on a night out you just know that you’re going to be dancing away to it. Aluna’s gorgeous tones burst out over pounding synth beats to create the perfect summer anthem!
You & Me – Disclosure feat. Eliza Doolittle
After releasing Latch and White Noise I personally thought that it was a mistake to release this song. I didn’t like it at first. But I persevered and listened to it over and over because I simply loved everything that they had released so far. And it wasn’t in vain as it began to appreciate this song for what it is – sublime house music combined with electronic and garage beats. In fact I came to like it so much that it fast became my favourite song from the album. Listen to it. You won’t regret it.
Bones – MS MR
Bones perfectly sums up the band of MS MR: ethereal and haunting. It was used in promotional trailers for the third season of Game of Thrones and it’s easy to understand why as its lyrics effortlessly lend themselves to the graphic content of the programme. Lizzy’s (MS) voice is breathy and moving and Max (MR) constantly ups the ante throughout the song, culminating in an unforgettable song from a fantastic debut album.
ATM Jam – Azealia Banks feat. Pharrell Williams
Another day, another Twitter fight for Azealia Banks, but in between it all the full studio version of ATM Jam was released and it is so much better than its predecessor. I have a feeling that this was recorded before Get Lucky and Blurred Lines (both featuring Pharrell) were released but was decided to be the second single because of how big Pharrell is right now in the hope of securing another hit. In a previous article I argued that Banks’ may have already peaked, but if she releases an album full of songs like this, I may be proven wrong. I certainly hope so!
Get Lucky – Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams
It’s not often that disco or funk music performs well in the charts these days but it’s easy to understand why Get Lucky was such a big hit. It’s catch and Pharrell’s vocals gel amazingly with the production. You can tell a lot of time and effort went into the creation of this song. In comparison to some of Daft Punk’s other music it’s rather simple in lyrical and production values and I personally thing that works for the best. It’s easily their biggest hit so far.
Honourable mention goes to Bang Bang by will.i.am, Miracle by Hurts and Clarity by Zedd