Hot Chip have swiftly followed up their 2012 album ‘In Our Heads‘ with the unveiling of a brand new track, due for release on 10″ vinyl next month.
Our Essential Listening 2012 series concludes today with The Albums.
From the ‘cohesion through experimentation’ of Tame Impala’s ‘Lonerism, through the ‘muscular power ballads, stirring, keyboard-led harmonies and call-and-response choruses’ that inform The Killers’ return with ‘Battle Born’, to the ‘sheer magnetism and unwavering belief’ which made ‘Blunderbuss’ such a successful solo debut for Jack White, we feel this rundown highlights some of the year’s truly outstanding releases that everyone should make an effort to check out.
And don’t forget, there’s only room for one place each on our Essential Listening Series, so if your favourite artist of the year isn’t included in this particular rundown, make sure you check through our previous lists to see if they’ve made an appearance elsewhere. And after that, if they’re still nowhere to be seen, maybe you should leave a comment below to let us know about it.
For the latest installment of Live4ever’s Essential Listening 2012 series, we’ve picked out some of our favourite music videos of the past year for you to enjoy. Some might be here for the quality of the promo, and some because we’re simply in love with the track itself, but all are included as they’ve proved to be among the most popular with our readers during the course of 2012.
From tomorrow, the business end of our annual lookback will begin with the Essential Gigs of 2012, when a select few of the many shows Live4ever has paid witness to these past twelve months will be highlighted with both live reviews and photo galleries.
Got a music video you think everyone should have been watching this year? Let us know by leaving a comment below.
Hot Chip have unveiled the video for ‘Don’t Deny Your Heart‘, the latest track to be taken from their 2012 album ‘In Our Heads‘.
Hot Chip have confirmed the latest single to be taken from their recent ‘In Our Heads‘ album will be ‘How Do You Do‘, whose video can be viewed via YouTube below.
Pulp, Hot Chip, Warpaint and Grimes will headline the first Coachella Cruise when it sets off on its maiden voyage in December.
Summer 2012. We’ve just had the wettest June on record, the festival season has been fractured by a series of cancellations, and album sales have fallen in their millions.
And yet, for every music fan, there’ still reasons to be cheerful.
The Stone Roses have just completed – with no major hiccups – the fastest selling weekend of live music in UK history, Blur have deemed us worthy to sample the fruits of their studio labours, some faith in humanity was restored when The Voice had its live tour pulled and, most importantly, for seven months now artists both new and established have been releasing a steady stream of truly impressive albums, proving once again that, if you’re prepared to look hard enough, quality is still out there in abundance.
So, take a look through just some of those releases we’ve pulled together for our latest Essential Listening rundown, and maybe you’ll spot something which will soon occupy a prominent place in your own record collection for the remainder of the year. And when you’ve been through the list, why not do the same for us by leaving a comment below highlighting your own favourites of 2012…so far.
Hot Chip have entered at number one on this week’s UK Record Store Album Chart, which is compiled entirely by sales registered at the UK’s independent record stores.
So why the massive wait? And what on earth have they been doing?! Well, it turns out the answer is they’ve been very busy indeed.
Not only have Hot Chip toured extensively across the US, South America, Mexico, Japan, Australia and Europe during their ‘absence’, but there has also been a number of splinter projects; frontman Alexis Taylor formed the jazz-soul improv About Group, Joe Goddard toured the world as one half of eclectic dance duo The 2 Bears, Al Doyle and Felix Martin founded the electro-pop of New Build and Doyle was also snapped up by LCD Soundsystem for their farewell tour.
Frankly it’s no wonder there has been a rather protracted pause before the release of fifth album ‘In Our Heads’. In fact it’s incredible they found the time or inclination.
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