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Music Playlist week #12

Music Playlist week #12

Welcome to Damson's weekly feature.

Each week we share 10 great tracks with you. 




YONAKA - Creature
YONAKA are your new favourite band, you just don't know it yet. This stadium-filler-in-waiting track is phenomenal. Groovy basslines, infectious hooks and one hell of a frontwoman in Theresa Jarvis. Miss jumping on the bandwagon at your peril.
Weezer - Island In The Sun
Rivers Cuomo isn't a particularly chipper guy, to be honest. This is about as happy as we ever gets on a track. To be fair to him, that fleeting happiness has created a timeless summer song, that you never get bored of hearing on a sunny day. If only we had more of those in York.
Nightmares On Wax - You Wish
When Hip-Hop chilled out and became Trip-Hop, Nightmares On Wax were one of the earliest trendsetters, releasing a couple of albums. This track was the highlight, and the most commercially recognisable release they've done to date. You'll surely know it once you hear it, but probably not remember where from.
Kartell - Pantera
Another guy we know very little about, but that fine. Sometimes it's nice to just let the music do the talking. This nice chilled out piece of electronica hits all the right beats. Sometimes the vocals sound like they're sung by a chipmunk, but somehow it all works.
Cut Chemist feat. Hymnal - What's The Altitude
Such an interesting track. The rapping and beats definitely have comparisons to early N.E.R.D., but it never becomes a parody or a copy. It's INCREDIBLY catchy. We guarantee once you listen to it once, it'll be stuck in your head for days!
RJD2 - Ghostwriter
RJD2's debut album "Deadringer" is worth getting for the joyful and sublime "Ghostwriter" alone. Not that it's not a great record, but this track is something else. Shimmering guitar and more than a hint of psychedelia make this the kind of song you just can't ignore.
TV On The Radio - DLZ
DLZ, or "That song from Breaking Bad" is a highlight of a back catalogue of the highest calibre from the Brooklyn based indie-rockers. Musically, these guys are shit hot and always have been, but its tracks like this that show they are brainy and ambivalent too.
Bonobo - Cirrus
UK producer Simon Green, or "Bonobo" as he's better known has been around ages, but you'd be forgiven for not realising. This track is the standout taken from 2013's "The North Border" release and is a joyful moment that brings similarities to Four Tet and Caribou, which is aways welcome.
Death From Above - Caught Up
DFA(1979) were a cult band for so many years, due to their "one album and break up" career, so when they announced in 2011 they were getting back together we were super excited. A further 2 albums have followed, of which this is one of many, many highlights. What a band.
Hell Is For Heroes - I Can Climb Mountains
HIFH are one of the most underrated British rock bands of the noughties. There, we said it. I Can Climb Mountains is, in essence, a melodic pop song, with the occasional heavy metal element sprinkled in. To cap it off it also has one of the most souring choruses you're ever likely to hear. Great, great song.