Nothing is cooler to today’s hipster than melding the current with the classic. In fact, now that I mention it, that’s all the rage in pop culture as well, what with all the reboots and remakes abounding. Ugh. Either way, with vintage fashion rearing its head and the explosion in sales of vintage iPhone photo apps like Instagram and Hipstamatic, it is kind of a foregone conclusion that we love chopping and screwing the past with the present. Peter Stults and Sean Hartter, American artists with a love for retro film posters, were recently covered in a Daily Mail UK article that featured plenty of photos of their respective re-imaginings. Not only are these works of art nostalgically evocative, but they are aesthetically on point and also accurate for the periods (1950’s and 1960’s, mostly). Enjoy these modern faves re-imagined heroically as blasts from the pasts, and maybe turn on some 18 Carat Affair or Onra, while you’re at it!
Due to the fact that there is a plethora of songs that I have heard over the past year that weren’t properly honored in the “Top Ten Albums of the Past Year” blog series, I have decided to make sure that they are duly mentioned, in classic reverse countdown style over the span of the next five posts. This is mostly due to the fact that the majority of the best things I have heard over the past year were either unreleased, singles, remixes, or were the solitary gem in a sea of coal that was their respective full-length release. Now, with these things in mind, many of these upcoming twenty-five songs are, in fact, superior to some entire releases I may have previously reviewed here. Do not take this list with a grain of salt. Do tha right thing, and fly headlong into a downloading and (hopefully purchasing) spree. Enjoy numbers twenty-five through twenty-one. More to come ASAP.
TOP 25 SONGS OF THE PAST YEAR
25. “Before” - Scuba
“Factor in the song’s pensive synth tones and you’ve got some downbeat audio gold.” — XLR8R
24. “Ozymandias (Never Meant To)” - Soft Powers
“It’s essentially a dance track. Loops and bassed out beats abound.” — Weekly Tape Deck
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“A late nite version of their sound, as if the day’s beach party later gathered around a bonfire.” — Stereo Gum
“Hits all the right moods of a synth-driven heartbreak song with not much more than 4 instruments.” — The Burning Gear
“Has a killer beat comprised almost entirely of samples that sound like they came from some Motown hit from times gone by, but that give the song a definitive hip-hop feel.” — Daily Beatz