Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Choice Cuts: Franklin Avenue's Favorite Tracks of 2012, Part 5
Rounding out Franklin Avenue's round up of favorite 2012 tracks, the final five:
17. Born To -- Jesca Hoop
For once I agree with the comments on a YouTube video post. "Her voice is powerful and sensitive at the same time," one writes. Another: "I'd love to just spend one day with jesca hoop having a nice chat drinking a coffee." And another: "Can everybody else just stop making music? This is all I ever need."
18. Who Do You Like? -- Joywave
The "Live at the Strasenburgh Planetarium" version of Joywave's "Who Do You Like?" is a pretty faithful rendition of the recording. From their 2012 EP "Koda Vista," a nice slice of 80s-inspired pop. Criminal that this song isn't better known.
19. Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) (Arcade Fire Cover) -- Meklit Hadero & Quinn DeVeaux
I could listen to Meklit and Quinn's quiet cover of Arcade Fire's "Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)" over and over again. As a matter of fact, I do. And I never get tired of it.
20. Warrior -- Mark Foster + A-Trak + Kimbra
OK, so I wasn't about to put "Someone I Used To Know" on this end-of-year roundup -- I figure we've all heard that song enough for a lifetime. But here's nonetheless your dose of Kimbra, along with Foster the People's Mark Foster and DJ A-Trak. And OK, so this song comes out of Converse's "3 Artists, 1 Song" promotion -- but other than a few glimpses of Converse shoes in the video, it's not all intrusive. It's just a catchy jam. Don't overthink it!
21. Not Giving In -- Rudimental ft. John Newman & Alex Clare
Alex Clare dominated the charts this year with "Too Close" (thanks to that ubiquitous Microsoft commercial), yet his collaboration here with Rudimental and John Newman is much more powerful. Perhaps it's because of this video, a "Slumdog Millionaire"-like tale that's based on a true story about b-boy star "Mouse's" rags-to-riches experience and shot on location outside Manila. Read more about the video here.
Previously on Franklin Avenue:
Choice Cuts: Franklin Avenue's Favorite Tracks of 2012, Part 1
Choice Cuts: Franklin Avenue's Favorite Tracks of 2012, Part 2
Choice Cuts: Franklin Avenue's Favorite Tracks of 2012, Part 3
Choice Cuts: Franklin Avenue's Favorite Tracks of 2012, Part 4