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21st May 2010

Warm your ears

Posted by: Kitten Power

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Ok fine, so at least it’s not snowing right?  Yet the leaves have well and truly fallen and it’s getting cold enough for me to dust off the duffle coat and masses of scarves.  It’s also the time of year that I am tempted to hibernate and listen exclusively to North American bands with animals in their names (see: Wolf Parade, Grizzly Bear, Band of Horses).

However after a stunning summer that I simply don’t want to end, I am fighting those winter lockdown urges and filling my speakers with beat-laden, happy tracks.  If Mother Nature won’t come to the summer party, at least my stereo will!

So here are a series of tracks that might help defrost that autumn chill - for another few weeks anyway.

M.I.A. - XXXO

‘How dare M.I.A. diss Lady Gaga then write a club banger of her own’, write shocked music bloggers across the globe.  Well I’m not going to get into a Gaga vs M.I.A. bitch fight - my loyalties do lie with the latter, but I would never dare offend Gaga’s loyal gay fanbase.  Let’s just say there’s room in the world for both - and listen to this track cause it is HOT!

Lykke Li and Kleerup - Until We Bleed

I can’t get enough of the syrupy voice of Sweden’s Lykke Li.  It’s as addictive as sugar.  She manages to take the concept of ‘love until we bleed - then fall apart in part’ and make it sound beautiful.

Robyn - Dancing On My Own

You want pop music?  Robyn is another Swedish hottie who should, as one YouTube commenter rightly points out, have taken over the world by now.  For someone who has been around for a long time, Robyn is really hitting her stride with addictive tracks like Dancing On My Own.

The Presets remix of Sarah Blasko - Hold On My Heart

Ever been with someone, where it was almost perfect, but the timing just wasn’t quite right?  Well this winter warmer from Aussie Sarah Blasko (and amped up by fellow Aussies The Presets) is for anyone out there finding they have to put a temporary hold on their heart because, well, someone has a hold on their heart.

Notorious B.I.G. vs The xx A Juicy Intro (Ha! Yes Remix)

British youngsters The xx have produced some of the hottest music of the past year.  Mix their heat-laden intro track with Biggie’s Juicy - and you have a match made in music heaven.  This will get the heads of car passengers bouncing in sync on the motorway, like we’re all back in the simpler days of ‘94.

Crystal Castles - Celestica

If the rain and the wind and the darkness all get a little too much, close your eyes and lose yourself in this track - “when it’s cold outside, hold me, don’t hold me,” I mean it’s almost winter - why should anyone have to make up their mind?!  This is a return to Crystal Castles at their ethereal best. Long may that continue.

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