And the music keeps on coming, on and on. This is what some of our friends in the blogosphere think is going to be huge next year.
If you missed Part I - here it is.
Cloud Nothings – No Future/No Past (Vainzine)
The new Cloud Nothings album, Attack on Memory, produced by Steve Albini promises to be very special indeed. This is the first single off the album which is due out on January 24, and if 2012 is the year of Grunge revival then Cloud Nothings will be it's leader.
Frank Ocean – Swim Good (Muso’s Guide)
He's already written for Kanye West, Jay Z and Beyonce amongst others, however, it’s the strength and inventiveness of his song-writing which is why I’m tipping him to do big things next year. Ocean’s an astonishingly gifted songwriter, and the narratives and melodies on tracks like Novacane, There Will Be Tears and Swim Good hold up to repeated listens and brim with his unique personality. His debut album proper is due out early in 2012, and will largely be collaborator-free to bring him the attention he deserves.
Jay Weathers – I Like It (Instrumental) (Better Never Than Late)
We se big things from Jay Weathers. Like a showdown between Santana and a piano in the wild west the bass lands. Then listen to the alien synths try and communicate through a spaced out mix.
The Widowmaker – Black Monday (Oh Deary Me)
Heard of The Widowmaker from the line up at Camp Bestival 2011 and have been mesmerized ever since. He's a needle in a haystack. Beautifully melodic, he's a pure joy to listen to and I'm looking forward to seeing what this talented folk artist has to offer in 2012.
Kick Up The Fire – These Canvas Shoes (Cougar Microbes)
South East London's Kick Up The Fire released their debut EP late on in 2010 to great reviews. They've been plugging away since playing all the traditional London watering holes and beyond. Tracks like No Fun In London and These Canvas Shoes, arguably their best track, personify why this lot hold so much promise and why I hope the British scene sits up and takes notice.
Blondes – Wine (Dummy)
There is so much good music I’m looking forward to next year, and one band I have been following for a long time now is Blondes. The duo hail from Brooklyn and they make electronic music which is really ecstatic and really melodic. Their album is due out in February.
Brenmar – Temperature Rising (Dalston Oxfam Shop)
Brenmar is a DJ and musician out of Chicago. His remixes lately have been fantastic, he recently did a great mix for Opening Ceremony and has been working closely with Sinden. With connections also in fashion, he has a good finger on the pulse of new urban and dance acts from the US.
Steve Boardman & Dave Congreve – Your Sun (Beats and Beyond)
Dave Congreve is probably my favourite underground house/techno DJ in London at the moment – and has been for several years. You always get the best underground 4/4 sounds in Dave’s sets and while his tunes always tack the sonic influences from the original Detroit and Chicago sounds which are finally getting an airing again. He’s been a DJ’s DJ for too long, I hope in 2012 he finally gets some wider props! He’s always working on new productions, so I think 2012 could really be his year…
The bloggers have taken over and picked the music they think is going to soundtrack 2012.
Here's the first batch - who, why and when - what do you think? (Part II here)
Garbage – Milk (We Are Pop Slags)
We're looking forward to their alternative rock sound which was surprisingly pop, and will make a nice antidote to all the generic dance pop on the radio these days.
Clock Opera – Belongings (Faded Glamour)
We're particularly looking forward to the long-awaited debut album from London's Clock Opera, who combine magical electronica, innovative samples and poignant vocals to create something quite unique and quite brilliant. They've released a string of hypnotic singles, our favourite of which is the stunning Belongings, which came out last May on Moshi Moshi Records.
Duologue – Push (Fear of Fiction)
Duologue are doing something truly interesting at the moment. A hybrid of glitchy electronics, glacial synths and shoegaze guitars topped off with flourishes of violins and a mournfully bleak falsetto vocal combine to make something genuinely refreshing. Their debut EP A-B is out now and available on vinyl at Rough Trade. In all honesty this is the release I wish Radiohead's King of Limbs had been.
First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar (Strike Sparks Anywhere)
On first listen First Aid Kit might sound like your typical US folk group they are actually made up of Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg who, at just 21 and 18 respectively, are creating songs that grab you both lyrically and melodically. The Lion's Roar is the title track from their sophomore album which is due for release in late January. With the success of the 'Nu-Folk' movement this year First Aid Kit might well be one of the bands that ensures it continues in to 2012.
Maya Jane Coles - Parallel Worlds (4clubbers)
The standout star in 2012 will be Maya Jane Coles. She really went from strength to strength in 2011 playing everywhere from Space terrace to Glastonbury and Fabric and came in at number nine in the Resident Advisor poll.
Chapter 24 – Spindle (God is in the TV Zine)
Chapter 24 are a great band on the DIY label Odd Box, and I'm pretty certain they're going to take off in 2012. They sound like a peculiar mash up of Bow Wow Wow and Talking Heads and are damn good live as well!
The Weeknd – Lonely Star (Details of My Life)
Abel Tesfaye (a.k.a The Weeknd) put out a trilogy of free mixtapes last year which were heralded by both music critics and fans alike, and along with Frank Ocean, is at the forefront of redefining R&B. After lending his captivating falsetto vocals to four tracks from Drake’s #1 album Take Care as well as delivering stunning remixes for the likes of Lady Gaga and Florence + The Machine, The Weeknd’s career progression is on perfect course at the moment, which could result in him releasing potentially one of the best studio albums of 2012.
Hysterical Injury – Maths (Drunken Werewolf & Music Liberation)
Drunkern Werewolf - Their debut album Dead Wolf Situation is due out on February 6th through Crystal Fuzz, with a little bit of help from Strummerville. Freshly partnered up with her brother Tom, Annie Gardiner lets out a shrieking howl of bass met by an earth shattering drill of percussion. Think Blondie mashed with Battles and you’re getting close, but Hysterical Injury are unique in their own right, the best Britain has to offer, and certainly ones to watch within the coming year.
Music Liberation - Originally from South Wales but now based in the West Country, Hysterical Injury have a clear vibrancy and energy that helps to set them apart from their piers. Annie's soft and delicate vocals are set against some vicarious drums from Tom, while the album features some really gnarly bass guitar that’s clearly turned right up. Hysterical Injury are full of ideas and have a real passion and commitment to express those ideas through their live shows and debut album - 2012 is theirs!
D/R/U/G/S – Lust (A New Band a Day)
One person who is going to go onto bigger and better things in 2012 is D/R/U/G/S. I first saw him over a year ago in a dingy basement in Manchester, and I was blown away in a way I haven’t been since the last time I saw Orbital. At some point he’s going to be a real big producer
What a year 2011 has been for music. There’s been incredible live performances on the biggest stages from Glastonbury to small pubs, incredible returns from iconic artists, breakthrough acts and Korn have gone dubstep act – it’s been sensational.
(Not the last bit)
It is only right and proper for Now Playing to honour the past 12 months by playing the music which has soundtracked it for you.
* Maybe PJ Harvey hasn’t been off your MP3 player this year
* Will the reformation of Pulp always make you look back at 2011 with fond memories?
* Was James Blake the breath of fresh air electronic music needed?
* Was Jay Z and Kanye West’s collaboration with Watch the Throne your ideal partnership?
* Did seeing Prince live at Hop Farm blow your mind?
Whatever it was we want to know, and we want to know why – and Tom will run down the Playlist of 2011 on Friday night from 7pm.
Get in touch by leaving a comment here, on our Facebook page, Tweet us using #6Music2011 or add to our 2011 Spotify Playlist.
Radiohead - Staircase
Matt Berry - A Christmas Song
* Sleigh Bells were ringing over Twitter as their new track Born to Lose was premiered on Zane Lowe and uploaded to Spin.
* The Shaun Keaveny exclusive Radiohead track, Staircase, has got a lot of blogs excited including This is Fake DIY.
* Beck and Feist have paired up again with the former remixing How Come You Never Go There from the female vocalist’s album Metals.
* Pitchfork have revealed their top 100 tracks of 2011 and sitting on top of their tree is M83’s Midnight City.
* The real, official video for Lana Del Rey’s Born to Die is now up on YouTube.
* Jeff Tweedy found his talent as a weather man when Wilco visited Chicago TV station WGN’s Morning News.
* Niki & the Dove have released their video for next single DJ Ease My Mind on YouTube.
* And Beth Jeans Houghton’s video for Sweet Tooth Bird is also on YouTube.
* Michael Kiwanuka was Lauren Laverne’s last guest of 2011 earlier today and played a very special set in the 6 Music Hub. The whole performance can be watched again on the 6 Music website.
The Kills - Silent Night
#MBerry6Music - tracklist picked by Matt Berry
Matt Berry - So Low
Tim Buckley - Dolphins
Beach House - Lover of Mine
Milton Wright - Keep It Up
The Three Degrees - Everybody Gets to Go to the Moon (Live)
Forest - Graveyard
The Chieftains - Women of Ireland
The Bluetones - Slight Return
Ennio Morricone - Exctasy of Gold
Donovan - Get Thy Bearings
Divine Comedy - Something for the Weekend
Murray Head - Superstar
Go Betweens - Spring Rain
#Blog6Muisc - this week with Dummy Mag at the helm
Julia Holter - Goddess Eyes
James Ferraro - Sim
Laurel Halo - Constant Index
Kuedo - Salt Lake Cuts
Clams Casino - What You Doin
Hype Williams - Break4love
Pearl Jam were today announced as headliners for next summer’s Isle of Wight Festival– which sent Twitter crazy, with both the band and the festival trending across the UK and beyond.
What more appropriate topic then to base Now Playing @6Music on tomorrow (December 9) – especially as Eddie Vedder and co have been celebrating a 20th Anniversary this year?
We want you to request tracks to help construct the Ultimate Pearl Jam playlist. A few ideas you could go for:
* Your favourite tracks from Pearl Jam – the hits, the album tracks, rarities
* Acts who influenced them – Neil Young, The Who, The Ramones
* Other bands from the Seattle grunge scene – Nirvana anyone?
* How about other acts playing at IoW 2012? – Bruce Springsteen, Elbow, Biffy Clyro, Noel Gallagher etc
* Bands with big 20th Anniversary celebrations this year – Nirvana (again), U2
Let us know what you want to hear on our Facebook, Twitter, Spotify or send us an e-mail, and we’ll play them all out tomorrow suppertime from 7pm.
This week on Now Playing we celebrated your favourite band T-shirts with #NowWearing, and The 405
recommended some of their favourite music to us.
Radiohead – There There
* Spotify have announced a range of new apps designed to improve music discovery for its users.
* Napster is now officially ceased after its full merger with subscription service Rhapsody who bought Napster from Best Buy last month.
* Diplo has launched a new offshoot of his Mad Decent label called Jeffree’s. The imprint will offer a track as a free download every other Thursday from an emerging producer, which will be collected together into digital compilations every two months.
* Depeche Mode co-founders Martin Gore and Vince Clarke have revealed the first fruits from their new techno project – VCMG - called Spock.
* The Roots’ new album, undun, is streaming at NPR ahead of its release next week.
The White Stripes – My Doorbell
* The Killers have uploaded their sixth annual Christmas track – called The Cowboys’ Christmas Ball
* Morrissey performed on Conan which got Pitchfork excited.
* Tom Vek has a new video on YouTube for Someone Loves You.
* Bon Iver has gone video happy – here is one for Hinnom, TX on Time.
* And Lana Del Rey uploaded a teaser video for her latest track – Born to Die.
Little Boots – Shake (Azari & III Remix)
Stone Roses – Elephant Stone
Pavement – Carrot Rope
Ride – Vapour Trail
Manic Street Preachers – If You Tolerate This, Your Children Will Be Next
Adam & the Ants – Ant Muisc
Gene – Olympian
The Decemberists – Don’t Carry it All
The National – Conversation 16
Depeche Mode – Never Let Me Down Again
My Bloody Valentine – Sometimes
Nine Inch Nails – Head Like a Hole
Spiritualized – Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space
#Blog6Music – from The 405
Fair Ohs – Baldessari
Crushed Breaks – Close Ups
Gross Magic – Sweetest Touch
U.S. Girls – Untie Me
Plaitum – Geisha
The Growlers – People Don’t Change
Azari & III - Manic