It’s hard to think of a more subjective musical list than a best songs list. Some people choose their list based on how much songs have changed the world, others choose songs that made the biggest statements or became a cultural phenomenon. My list of 100 songs didn’t change the world, they changed my world this year in small and immeasurable ways. Enjoy and do check out the Readers’ Poll and my favourite albums, remixes and more of the year.
We’ve had the best EPs, remixes, videos, new artists and songs in Irish music as chosen by you (plus my own choices) but here’s the big one, the top 25 Irish albums of the year. Previous winning albums in the readers’ poll in the last six years include: Jape’s Ocean Of Frequency and Ritual, Villagers’ Becoming A Jackal, Super Extra Bonus Party’s LP, Patrick Kelleher’s You Look Cold and Si Schreoder’s Coping Mechanisms
I hope you find something you missed throughout the year. Delve in. Spotify and Deezer playlists of all available albums at the end of the post.
Artwork/wallpaper by Gianni. Before I reveal the Irish albums of the year, you’ll find your choices of early artistic releases in the form of EPs, collaboration and reworking in remixes and the best visuals attached to songs in the last year in Irish music…
The following 25 songs were voted by you dear readers (about 200 of you) so huge thanks to you lot for that. It’s an interesting cross section of what happened in Irish music this year from electronic to folk to indie to rock. There wasn’t room for rap or heavier guitar music this time around though Lethal Dialect and REST came close. At the end of the post you’ll also find Spotify and Deezer playlists to listen to featuring most of the songs here.
There has only ever been one clear number one for me in terms of remixes this year. It’s a track which slayed dancefloors from Dublin to Barcelona to Novi Sad. As ever, Four Tet has his hand in the pot and could have had a few more were it not for good showings from Friends Of Friends with Lol Boys and Shlohmo, Goodtime’s remix project, Kanye’s ‘Mercy’ doing the remix business, Nicolas Jaar, Jape, Young Wonder, Bantum and Hudson Mohawke. Full list of 25 remixes with a Soundcloud playlist for all but two. I’d love to hear your favourite in the comments…
Artwork by Gianni. Click to enlarge for wallpaper.
For the seventh year, it’s over to you to decide the Nialler9 Readers’ Poll for Irish albums, songs and more of the year. Below, you will find my own comprehensive list of Irish albums, songs, EPs, remixes and new artists who make the grade and below that I’m looking for your own choices.
To sweeten the deal, I’ve a couple of prizes to giveaway:
DJ Tu-Ki and Olan compiled a best of 2012 mix for All City contains more than a smattering of great tunes including Antibalas, El-P, Jai Paul, Girl Unit, Boddika, Kendrick Lamar, Daphni, JJ Doom, Danny Brown, Actress and more is a very on-point representation of the cross-section between electronica, dance and rap which All City has considerable expertise in. Great mix.