Hold on

46 is far too young. Thank you for the music, Romanthony.

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Come on in, the water’s lovely

Boiler Room tonight was the epitome of why I love London’s music scene: a bunch of people huddled in a little room, leaning into the music, thrilled by the closeness and ready to be surprised. It’s those little conversations, those little smiles, those little nods: they are the layers on layers that bind and remind me why I hold it dear. Damn – and who was that girl singing over Micachu’s scruffy funk beats? She was something else.

Then I sit in a cab on the drive back to Brixton and I know I’m done. I see the place I told my old boss in another life that I wasn’t long for that job, I pass the record shop that is no longer a record shop, and I trace my old bike ride home when I was first learning this new life route. All these memories in all these streets, concrete drenched in days gone by. And Pure X are in my ears, singing ” all of the future, all of the past” and I feel what they mean more than ever.

New gold from old souls

No one means it like Future Islands’ frontman Samuel T. Herring sings it. This is the A-side of their new 7″ on Thrill Jockey and it’s the slam-in-your-chest heartbreak city.

And no rapper does it for me like Main Attrakionz’ Squadda B. Here’s the fresh-off-the-press new video to his latest horizontal hip hop track Newports. Feel the lean.

Thank you for the music

Songs I loved at various points for various reasons this year, in alphabetical order. Thanks, 2011.

Adele – Someone Like You

Apparat – Black Water

Autre Ne Veut – Your Clothes

Babe Rainbow – Greed (feat Yung Clova)

Blanck Mass – Land Disasters

Blondes – Wine

BNJMN – One Sea (Lukid remix)

Bullion – Pressure To Dance

Clams Casino – What You Doin’

Cubic Zirconia – Night Or Day

Cymbals – Half Ask

Dam Mantle – WE

Deadboy – Wish You Were Here

d’Eon – Tongues

DJ Manny – All I Do Is Smoke Trees

Drake – Look What You’ve Done

FaltyDL – Waited Patiently

Ford & Lopatin – Too Much Midi

Friendly Fires – Blue Cassette

FRKWYS 7 Ensemble – Just A Little Pollution

Future Islands – Before The Bridge

Gang Colours – In Your Gut Like A Knife

Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx – I’ll Take Care Of You

Grimes – Vanessa

Gwilym Gold – Flesh Freeze

Harmonizer – World Complete

Holy Other – With U

How To Dress Well – Suicide Dream 1 (Orchestra Version)

Hudson Mohawke – All Your Love

Hyetal – Phoenix

Hype Williams – Farthing Wood Dub

Jacques Greene – Another Girl

Jamie Woon – Night Air (Ramadanman Refix)

James Blake – The Wilhelm Scream

James Ferraro – Sim

Jessie Ware & Sampha – Valentine

Julia Holter – Goddess Eyes

Kode9 & the Spaceape – Love Is The Drug

Konx Om Pax – 7th Dimension

Koreless – 4D

Kuedo – Salt Lake Cuts

Laurel Halo – Constant Index

Light Asylum – Dark Allies

Machinedrum – Lay Me Down

Mirror Mirror – Interiors

Nicki Minaj – Super Bass

Nicolas Jaar – Wouh

Omar-S – Here’s Your Trance Now Dance

Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica

Patten – Blush Mosaic

Perfume Genius – All Waters

Pictureplane – Trancegender

Pink Skull – Human Hair Disco

Pure X – Surface

Rustie – Flash Back

SBTRKT feat Sampha – Hold On

SLEEP ∞ OVER – Romantic Streams

The Weeknd – Next

When Saints Go Machine – Add Ends

Wild Beasts – Plaything

WU LYF – Concrete Gold

Yuck – Stutter

Zomby – Sens