The end of the year is all about reflections, new beginnings and, naturally, listening to lots and lots of tunes. That’s why we’ve asked a cadre of bands to assemble a collection of kicka$$ playlists featuring their favorite jams of 2012. Next up, we have Pepi Ginsberg‘s picks. Check them out after the jump.
1. Chinx Drugz – “Coke Boy Wave”
My friend Alec turned me on to this record but this song landed on repeat. I love the backup vocals and the overall mood. Having girl singers in the band, I’m always on the hunt for good backup vocals and the singers on this track are great.
2. Tame Impala – “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”
The title says it all. This song really captures that feeling. I really like the whole record, but this one is a standout.
3. Holy Other – “Held”
Recently introduced to me by friend Scotty, I really love listening to this one on the train. There’s a lot going on here but it’s also one of my favorite things to zone- out to recently.
4. alt-J – “Tessellate”
My roommate put this on the other night driving to a party and it felt really right. I mean it’s about triangles, whatever you think a triangle is. It sounds rad. It’s sexy.
5. Beach House – “Other People”
So simple and so relatable. I love the songs on this record, so well-written and arranged, and the idea is really straightforward. It’s a breakup song without the drippy sadness and her voice will always get me no matter what she’s singing about.
6. Frank Ocean – “Bad Religion”
Oh God, this song really broke my heart when I first heard it. Probably because I’ve had a handful of broken hearts. Unrequited love is such a palpable feeling and he nailed it, lyrically and sonically, which he does well on every song on this record. He goes there, it’s almost schmaltzy, but pulls it off. Magic!
7. Kendrick Lamar – “Money Trees”
Ah man, I love this one. Again, great back-up vocals, so sassy, so good. I love this whole record, I only have praise for it. One of my favorites this year by far.
8. Future – “Turn On The Lights”
This is in heavy rotation on Hot 97.1 so it comes on a lot when I’m driving around, but what always strikes me is the emotional weight of the singing. He’s almost yelling and the vocals are mixed super high (especially in headphones) so it feels super immediate and raw. It’s a weird mix for the song, but he feels it and so do I.
9. Lee Fields – “Still Hangin On”
I listened to this one all summer and I still love it. His voice is so rugged and in your face, and again his female singers kill it. A gorgeous marriage of so many vocal forces. This record is old-style soul but to me it doesn’t feel dated. I want more from Lee soon.
10. Here We Go Magic – “Alone But Moving”
Such a loner’s anthem; I totally connect. The whole record feels like one long exhale of relationship curiosity and indecision. Alone but moving, what a beautiful sentiment, and the melodies are gorgeous.
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