ShufSounds is an independent music blog with a small team of writers spread across Bristol, London, Manchester and New York. The name came from the shuffle feature on iPods. People can be playing turbo-trendy house cuts then the final song of the You Win Again by the Bee Gees can shatter their rep. We do our best to cover everything that gets us excited regardless of ideas about what’s alternative or mainstream. We try our best to produce top quality content on top quality music and support the records or events we love. In the words of Kanye, “Our work is never over”.
1. How To Dress Well – Words I Don’t Remember
HTDWs lyrical candidness and unmistakable groove make him a hybrid of Kendrick Lamar and Diana Ross. Heartbreak has always been the petrol of premium pop music and How To Dress Well is flying the flag high.
2. Hannah Diamond – Pink and Blue
This song might make your skin crawl on first listen but there is something almost clinical about her vocals which is totally compelling. After triple-figure play counts, we can officially say that we like Hannah Diamond.
3. Young Fathers – No Way
This song has a pace and a spirit which is impossible to ignore. We’re not sure whether it makes us want to make love or war, and we like it that way.
4. Golden Suits – You Can’t Make Your Mind Up
Fred Nicolaus is more immediately known to most as half of Department of Eagles, but his album release last year under the Golden Suits moniker deserves some louder praise. This track is a simmering mood rouser with an unbelievably effective chorus.
5. Moderat – Bad Kingdom
The vast majority of reviews of Moderat’s recent second album couldn’t help but comment on how surprisingly catchy it was. Hidden in the crunch and fuzz of their Berlin-bred electronics are melodies like Bad Kingdom that last, and last, and last.
6. Wild Beasts – A Simple Beautiful Truth
Refreshingly for Wild Beasts, it is getting harder to consider them a band ‘off the beaten track’, yet they still hold a reputation for producing difficult art-rock. How then do we explain the two and a half minutes running time, and the lithe, shapely melodies of A Simple Beautiful Truth?
7. Raury – God’s Whisper
100 years from now, should people want to know what the music of the 2010s stood for, this one track by a 17 year from East Atlanta may just tell that story perfectly.
8. Francois and the Atlas Mountains – La Verite
Whilst this track can appear a little hipster-by-numbers, what with the French lyrics, chugging tambourine and swelling organs, it nevertheless deserves serious attention.
9. tUnE-yArDs – Water Fountain
The clatter of the beat! The monophonic synth line! The “Woohaw” yelp! Pop music should always be able to transcend place or background and this song is that manages that in glowing technicolor. Clocking in at just over 3 minutes, it’s a blast of syncopated worldly pop fuzz that is impossible to resist.
10. Sisyphus – Rhythm of Devotion
Granted, the expletive-laden breakdown and the six-minute length prevents this tune from being prime Radio 1 material but there is something wonderfully tangible about the Daft Punk-esque vocal work and the magisterial final chorus giving way to a uber-slick rap break.
• Are there any other recent songs you think deserved to have been hits? Let us know in the comment thread below.